Bitless Resources

Most insurance companies have no exclusion for bitless bridles and hackamores.

Most insurance companies have no exclusion for bitless bridles and hackamores.

As bitless riding and driving is becoming more accepted, this page will keep you up to date with who allows bitless bridles around the world.

Insurance companies with no Bitless Exclusion:

These companies will cover the use of bitless bridles, provided the organisation who uses their cover allows bitless bridles in their rules.

Instructors and clubs who allow Bitless Bridles:

If you would like to be included on this list, please use the contact form on this page to send Cynthia your details.

AUSTRALIA WIDE:

TASMANIA:

  • Cynthia Cooper – Saltwater River
  • Nan Catmur – Nan’s Riding School – Longford
  • Scilla Sayer – Leslie Vale Ph. 0409476624
  • Samantha Goss – Devonport Ph. 0414 486493
  • Horsehaven Farmstay 179 Judd Creek Rd Judbury. Ph: (03)62 660343 Email: bookings@horsehavenfarmstay.com
  • Tasmanian Trail Riders Inc. ‘Devils On Horseback’ – Raylene Garwood, on 0418167382.
  • Huon Hoofbeats
  • Cygnet Riding Club

VICTORIA:

Cynthia teaching a bitless riding clinic.

Cynthia teaching a bitless riding clinic.

NEW SOUTH WALES

QUEENSLAND

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

INTERNATIONAL

USA

UK

Bitless bridles are becoming more accepted at lessons and clinics.

Bitless bridles are becoming more accepted at lessons and clinics.

BELGIUM

CANADA

SOUTH AFRICA

NEW ZEALAND

  • Trisha Wren – Connected Riding/Ttouch instructor/clinician
Corrine and Bright Rex in South Africa.

Corrine and Bright Rex in South Africa.

Online Events & Competitions

Associations and Breed Societies

Thanks to Grace Heather from www.equibility.com.au who compiled this list below.

Equestrian Associations/Societies that do permit Bitless Bridles (Ridden)-

  • Australian Equine Endurance Riders Association
  • Australian Trail Horse Riders Association
  • Australian Campdraft Association
  • Australian Tentpegging Association
  • Australian Barrel Horse Association
  • Australian Working Equitation
  • Australian Mounted Archery
  • The Baroque Equestrian Games & Institute – USA https://baroquegames.net/
  • Bitless Inc. www.bitlessinc.org
  • Equestrian Federation Australia (Jumping and Cross Country allow Bitless Bridles)
  • Horse Safety Australia
  • Mid North Coast Team Penning Association (NSW)
  • National Pleasure Horse Association of Australia
  • National Cutting Horse Association
  • American Competitive Trail Horse Association
  • American Endurance Riding Conference
  • California State Horsemens Association trail trials and gymkhana
  • United States Equestrian Drill Association
  • Netherlands (KNHS) in TREC, Endurance, Jumping and the first levels of dressage (B – L2)
  • Federatie van Nederlandse Ruitersportcentra (a federation for riding schools)
  • International Horse Agility Association
  • SASA (Showing Assoc. of South Africa) will allow bitless bridles in Training, Newcomer and SASA Riding horse classes for mares and geldings, ridden by adults, from Jan. 2016.
  • Western Dressage Association 

Breed societies that do permit Bitless Bridles in Ridden Classes-

  • Australia Quarter Horse Association (Rope, Leather or Rawhide Bosal)
  • Paint Horse Association of Australia (Western 2yo-5yo & Ridden Paint Classes that run under AQHA rules- Bosal)
  • Morgan Horse Association of Australia
  • Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society of Australia
  • Australian Appaloosa Association (Ridden Horse under 5yo in Standard Braided or Rawhide Hackamore)
  • American Saddlebred and Sporthorse Registry of Australasia (unless stallion- Bit required)
  • Horse Show Association Australia (5yo and under in a Hackamore)
  • WA Branch of the Commonwealth Clydesdale Horse Society (Australia)

Breed societies that may permit Bitless Bridles (depends on each show)-

  • Lipizzaner Association Australasia
  • Roan Horse and Pony Association of Australia
  • Percheron Horse Breeders Association of Australia
  • Commonwealth Clydesdale Horse Society of Australia
  • Australian Friesian Warmblood Society (not Stallion or Colt)

* This information is as correct as possible at the time of publication, however can not be held responsible for any incorrect info should the named change their status with regard to bitless bridles.

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