Rules & Regulations
1. Al Faris International Horseback Archery
The name of the event is Al Faris International Horseback Archery Competition being held under the Patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
The official languages in use during this competition will be both Arabic and English. As for the communication between international athletes and the judge as well as Al Faris Team, it will be conducted in English.
Those who are interested in participating in Al Faris Competition will have to apply online using the Application Form (www.alfaris.jo). However, invitations are to be issued by the PSD (Public Security Directorate) if necessary.
The Title Al Faris Champion is determined by the sum of the results from all three competitions during the Finals: Hungarian (European Style), Korean (Asian Style), and the Oriental Style (which is a combination of the Turkish (Qabaq) and the Jordanian disciplines).
The individual result or rank in a discipline (style) is given to the one who scores the most points.
The winner of Al Faris Champion is the participant with the highest number of points, therefore; whomever wishes to compete for the Title of Al Faris Champion must partake in all three disciplines as mentioned above.
5. Al Faris Champion
The Title of Al Faris Champion is granted to the winner of all three competitions during the Finals, however; all three disciplines will have individual champions and prizes will be awarded to the first three ranks in the Final Runs of each discipline as well as in the overall ranking. In the event of a tie for Al Faris Champion or any of the other rankings, the number of points scored by hits on the target will decide the winner.
Only participants who have participated in all individual disciplines, and run all competitions with the same horse, will be considered eligible for judgement in Al Faris International Horseback Archery Championship. Participants who change their horse for different disciplines will only be judged in those individual disciplines. An exception to this rule exists for any participant whose horse can no longer participate in the competition due to lameness or illness. The team of judges must confirm this illness in any case.
The competitor, who has participated in a style but failed to complete it (e.g. due to being disqualified after his/her second fall from the horse), will score 0 (zero) points in this style, yet; will still be included in the general classification.
The competitor disqualified for his/her dangerous behavior on the track or brutal treatment of the horse will not be included in the general classification.
7. Competition Procedures
7.1 There will be an elimination competition before Al Faris final runs. During the elimination competition, which is to take place two to three days before the finals, each competitor has 6 judged gallops in the Hungarian, Korean, and Oriental styles each. The first 16 (sixteen) in the overall ranking of the elimination runs will participate in the Finals. Should more than two participants from one Nation be amongst the first 16 (sixteen) of the elimination runs, only the two best will be admitted to the finals. Other participants will move up until the total number of 16 (sixteen) is reached.
All the details regarding each of the styles will be presented to the competitors at a technical briefing to be held on a day before the competition.
Once the competition starts, no test runs are allowed on the course; the competitors move on directly to competition runs. However, the participants will have ample opportunity to get comfortable with the track and the horses on the preceding training days. A separate space, to warm up horses directly before the start, will be provided (no shooting is allowed).
During Al Faris finals, 3 (three) judged gallops are ridden in the Hungarian, Korean, and Oriental Styles each.
There are no warm up gallops.
8. Judges and Competition Assistants
The main judge is chosen by Al Faris Team and must be present at every competition.
Assistant judges (scribe/recorder and one operating the timer) may be named on site or beforehand by the main judge in cooperation with Al Faris Team. At least one assistant judge must be named.
Aides may be nominated by the organizers, in cooperation with Al Faris Team and the judges.
The doorman stays with the riders where the line up for the start is and indicates the starting order. He is the one responsible for giving the order to start to the individual rider and to make sure the rider can safely start in the fastest sequence possible. He, as well as the judges, may change the starting order if needed (for example in case of injury), however; they must communicate this to the respective other rider in time.
The intermediary is also a safety official to ensure that the next rider can begin safely. This is communicated primarily visually (i.e. flags and signals) and - where possible - acoustically (drum, gong, voice, microphone). He is placed in front of the judges’ tent where he can be seen by the doorman and communicates with him. This is also necessary in case a run already started needs to be stopped.
The Aides are helpers appointed with the specific task of helping the judges with the scoring of a competition. They are however not part of a decision-making process in case of a dispute.
At all times there should be at least 3 (three) arrow boys and 3 (three) helpers to set up and re-set the track/time-gate in-between the individual competitions.Responsibilities and Task of Judges
- The on-site panel of judges will give immediate judgment in the event of disputed calls or objections.
- The judge’s decision is final on all scoring and judging matters as they unfold on the course.
- The orders of the judge and the doorman must be obeyed. If the doorman or the judge stops the run while the rider is already on the track, he may finish the gallop but is not permitted to release any arrow. If the competitor does, he may be excluded from the entire competition immediately.
- The panel of judges is made up of the main judge and both assistant judges (scribe/recorder and timer) together, and the decisions are to be made by the majority.
- In case two judges do not agree, the third is taken into the decision-making process (majority vote). If for any reason one of the three main judges cannot decide upon a matter (because one did not see or other) they need to ask the intermediary next, and after him the doormen and after that any of the organization committee or the aides whoever was closest to the disputed case and can bear witness. The decision is, then again, made by the panel of judges.
- In case a dispute ensues or a complaint is made delaying the smooth operation of the competition, the panel of judges decides per majority vote upon a course set and continues with the competition. The case will then be opened again after the competition.
For the smooth running of the competition, the following groupings of judges and aides are necessary per discipline:
- Hungarian: 1 doorman, 3 judges (main judge, scribe/recorder and one operating the timer), 1 intermediary (calls dubious hits on the target and communicates with the doorman).
- Korean: 1 doorman, 3 judges (as above), 1 intermediary, and 5 aides.
(The 5 aides declare hits on the target, the intermediary gathers the individual scores and reports them to the judges as well as that he is responsible for communication with the doorman).
- Oriental: 1 doorman, 3 judges (as above), 1 intermediary.
(One judge and intermediary may be closer to the target to better see within which area the arrow was released. This task may as well be delegated to aides).
9. Time Measurement
An electronic time measurement device (time gate) is required for placement.
10 Track Security
It is not recommended that the lane be limited by a sealed barrier or a deep trench. If the lane is indeed to be barred, it must meet these safety requirements: the barring method must not be able to cause any serious injury to the rider should he fall off (no fixed posts, fences or pointed edges).
Horses leaving the lane may not suffer any serious injuries by running into barriers and entanglements. Barriers may not be too thin and must be removable by hand.
The entrance and exit to the lane must each measure at least 20m in a straight line. An exception from this rule may be made for the Korean multiple tracks. In addition, a further exit of 40m must be available.
A safety distance of 10m to the spectators must be maintained.
Left-handed competitors run in the opposite direction as the right-handed ones. The competitor should state on the application form, which hand they use for shooting.
11. Safety Training
Previous completion of safety training and the permission of both the PSD as the individual event sponsor and the judges are pre-requisites for participation in the competitions for the individual starter.
Each competitor will be granted the possibility to test the horses beforehand and choose the one to suit him from a reasonable number of choices. Due to the limited number of horses, less experienced competitors will be given priority of choice. No more than 2 competitors may ride the same horse per day.
A rider may not change horses during the competition. An exception to this rule exists for any participant whose horse can no longer participate in the competition due to lameness or illness. This illness must be confirmed by the team of judges (See §6).
Judges or the person appointed by the Organizing Committee responsible for horses may at any moment, even during the competition, withdraw any horse that is tired or shows symptoms of injury or illness. In such cases, the Organizing Committee is obliged to provide the competitor with a fresh horse. Such horse change may not be the reason for score appeal.
The judges may warn, cancel a run or disqualify a competitor for brutal treatment of the horse.
Bows: they cannot be compound or crossbow types nor have mechanical triggers or sights. They have to be horse bows or other traditional styles (for example Asian, Middle Eastern, Native American, or European). Only bows without aids such arrow shelves or shooting windows (with the exception of nocking points) are allowed.
Arrows: any traditional and non- traditional arrow materials (wood, bamboo, carbon, aluminium) may be used. The tips must be for target shooting, unless where blunt tips are required by the rules. Hunting tips are not allowed.
Quivers: Any type of belt, hip or back quiver will be accepted as well as quivers carried on the horse or saddle. The arrows my also be carried in a belt or waistband.
13. General Rules
Points are awarded according to the position of the arrow on the target face. Tears and other traces on the target face will score as a miss. Should the hit of an arrow touch a dividing line between scoring zones, the higher score will be counted. Rebounds will not be scored. If the hit is not clearly visible, one of the aides should examine the target face closely. Should the aide have any doubts, the target face will be examined by the intermediary. The intermediary’s decision is final.
- If an arrow is pulled from the quiver or belt before the starting line in cases where this is denied in the rules he/she will receive one warning. The second time and any successive time he/she is awarded 0 (zero) points for this run. There must be an aide placed at the starting line whose responsibility it is to report back to the judges on this point only.
- The course must be completed at a canter or a gallop. Any horse that is unable to maintain gait without the influence of another horse or rider will result in no score for that particular run or event.
- All Horses must be ridden with loose reins during the competition. The reins may be shortened with a knot and hung over the horse’s neck loosely but not hung over the pommel of a saddle or attached to it. It is not permitted to hold the reins with the thighs or wedge them under the saddle or similar techniques resulting in fixed and tightened reins. The competitor may of course pick up the reins to ride and hold the horse back or stop it when needed.
- Should the competitor fall from the horse, or should the horse cross the track barriers, the run is considered failed and the competitor awarded 0 (zero) points.
- Should the competitor fall from the horse, or should the horse cross the track barriers for the second time, the competitor is disqualified in this style.
- Only shots between the border posts are to be judged. Shots taken before and after the first and last posts respectively shall not be judged.
- The intermediary gives a visual start signal (with a flag or any similar object) and, if need be, accompanies it with a vocal announcement. The detailed signaling methods will be determined at the technical briefing.
- Should the competitor start before receiving a clear start signal, such run is considered failed and the competitor is awarded 0 (zero) points. In exceptional cases, when the premature start may have endangered any other competitors, officials or spectators, the panel of judges may decide to disqualify the competitor.
- The Intermediary and each member of the panel of judges has the right to stop the run at any moment, if the competitor's behavior is dangerous for the competitor himself/herself, his/her horse, spectators or officials.
- The same group of people has the right to stop a run should he/she notice any damage to the track or any other dangerous situation (e.g. a sudden intrusion of an outsider into the track). In such a case, the competitor has the right to repeat the run.
- If the run has not been stopped by the above persons, but the competitor maintains that it was significantly influenced by any outside conditions, he/she may ask the judges to allow him/her to repeat the run.
- Such circumstances should be reported immediately; otherwise they will not be taken into account. The decision of the judges is final.