Equine Rescue Showing Society Definition of Rescue:

Any equine that is adopted, fostered, under a guardianship scheme from any National Equine Welfare Council registered Charity (NEWC)
Any equine that has been adopted, fostered, under a guardianship scheme from any other equine charity (must be registered with the Charity Commission)
Any equine that has been ‘independently’ rescued by an individual. There must be supporting evidence (photographic, veterinary) that will be included in the ‘Rescue History’ for the equine, to demonstrate their rescue status.

Mark System:

The mark system is designed to reward those equines that have the strongest rescue history and most dramatic ‘transformation’.  Marks are awarded as follows:

Rescue History and Transformation – 60%

Performance – 40%

In the event of a tie, the Rescue History and Transformation takes precedence.

All entries are asked to provide, on entry to the class, a written ‘Rescue History’, detailing the background and history of the equine.  Also, to be included are ‘before’ and ‘after’ photographs.  This will be for the Judge to discuss with the competitor during the Judging of the Class and marks awarded accordingly.

(A template for the layout for this Rescue History can be found on the Rescue Equine Showing Society website.)


For the inaugural year we are suggesting the following two classes, to make it simple, easy to introduce into a schedule and to attract as many entries as possible.

Open in Hand: Any age, type, breed. Mares with foal at foot are not permitted. No exhibit under the age of one year may be exhibited on its own.
Open Ridden: Any type or breed, four years of age and over. Can include Lead Rein and First Ridden (will not be included in the initial go-round). All riders must be the appropriate height / weight for their equine.
View a list of nationwide RESS Qualifiers for 2024.