RCP2015#100 Clarifies Advanced specifications for Driving Trials

2015 RCP #
100
Summary
Clarifies Advanced specifications for Driving Trials
Date Received
24July2014
Proponent
CDC
Change Date
2015
Status
Open for comments; Recommended for approval 14Oct14 
Activity
Initial Posting: 7Sept2014; BOD APPROVED 23Oct14

Current Wording – Appendix CD-A Driving Trials

9. All current specifications for divisions regarding speeds, distances and clearances are to be followed (See Appendix CD-E; for VSE-Advanced division speeds and clearances in Cones, see Appendix CD-F) except as outlined in this Appendix. The marathon shall be Section B only. For all divisions, the number of obstacles may not exceed the number of kilometres. In exceptional circumstances, the TD may authorize more than one Obstacle per kilometre provided the maximum speeds are lowered and all minimum distances are followed between obstacles and between the last obstacle and the finish. For Advanced level, the standard track width and weight requirements are waived.

Suggested Wording

9. All current specifications for divisions regarding speeds, distances and clearances are to be followed (See Appendix CD-E; for VSE-Advanced division speeds and clearances in Cones, see Appendix CD-F) except as outlined in this Appendix. The marathon shall be Section B only. For all divisions, the number of obstacles may not exceed the number of kilometres. In exceptional circumstances, the TD may authorize more than one Obstacle per kilometre provided the maximum speeds are lowered and all minimum distances are followed between obstacles and between the last obstacle and the finish. For Advanced level, the standard track width and weight requirements are waived.

For Advanced division in all competitions:

(i) in Marathon, up to six gates per obstacle may be used.

(ii) In Cones the standard track width and weight requirements are waived. Minimum clearance for Cones setting: wheel track width plus 15 cm for VSE, 20 cm for horse/pony in single and pair, 30 cm for tandem, unicorn and four-in-hands.

Reason for change

Additional clarification

4 Response(s)

  1. Linda Yutzy says :

    September 17, 2014

    I am opposed to this. There should not be an Advanced Level at Driving Trials. Isn’t this what Intermediate-II was designed for?

  2. marc says :

    September 18, 2014

    Intermediate II was not designed for this. That information is incorrect. This article also reflects the ADS commitment to VSE competitors that have no competition available at USEF and FEI. We hope to see this group grow quickly in the next few years above Intermediate.

  3. Zantke says :

    September 21, 2014

    I agree with Marc

  4. keithy says :

    October 4, 2014

    If what Marc says is correct then we also need to allow the Advanced division at ADS CDE’s. Why limit the participation of VSE’s to only DT’s.
    Since the Advanced division is not permitted at ADS CDE’s then why should the Advanced division be permitted at DT’ & ADT’s which are lower level competitions. Allowing the Advanced division at DT’s and ADT’s is what caused the creation of the Intermediate II (ADS Advanced) division in the first place. The Intermediate II division was created to remove the Advanced division from ADS competitions and then provide an opportunity for ADS competitors to try the Advanced Dressage and Cones without having to enter a USEF event. With the Intermediate II division available, the only reason why a competition would want to offer Advanced at the DT’s & ADT’s is to have 6 gates in the marathon obstacles. With the new FEI levels, if these competitions want 6 gates in the marathon obstacles they now have that option available by becoming a USEF recognized event.

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