Significant Rule Changes for 2017

24 Jan 2017

General Regs

  • GR6.3 Require proof of flu/rhino within last 6 months. Optional for organizer to check and enforce.
  • GR5.11 (also PD 207.4) Expanded junior headgear rule to apply to all juniors on carriage at all times.
  • GR2.7 New chart added to clarify age requirements

Approval of Competions

  • AC2.6 All competitions should have an accident-preparedness plan in place before event.

Pleasure Driving

  • 216.1 Rule concerning donkey and mule class organization has been deleted. Not necessary.
  • 246 All off-course penalties now listed in one place
  • Wording for Double Jeopardy and Fault and Out was clarified

Combined Driving

  • all Intermediate-II replaced by “Hydrid divisions offering Advanced dressage and cones”
  • 973.1.9 New chart to clarify Standardized (grouped) settings for Cones
  • CD-E New chart for Quick Reference Guide for CDEs
  • 973.1.6 (FEI) Addition of Cones “oxer,” two pair of cones in straight line 1.5-3m apart. Three penalities for 1-4 balls down.
  • 981 (FEI) Cones penalty for groom standing between start and finish (5 pts)
  • 965.3.2 (FEI) Grooms must remount carriage immediately outside obstacle. FEI later added “within 30m marker.” (5 pen)
  • 961.3 (FEI) Added requirement for 30m marker after obstacle.

Recreational Driving

  • 408.1 Updated to: “Except for VSE and Small Pony turnouts that require just one groom, two grooms are required for fourin-hands or unicorns to assist in the event of difficulty.”


1 Nov 2016

The following RCPs have been approved by the ADS BOD for inclusion in the 2017 Rulebook.

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Event Standards Committee.

RC#: 17-003
Rule/Article: Approval of Competitions (AC) 2.6
Proponent: Event Standards Committee
Date: posted 3Jan16

Current Wording:

AC.2.6 Provide qualified medical personnel (as defined by state or local EMS district) either present or on call (except marathon); a means of communication for accident notification to the central command area; a means of patient retrieval (by stretcher, etc.) from inaccessible areas; and a means of transporting stretcher cases to a hospital. Any event, trial or show that includes a marathon must provide qualified medical personnel on site from the start of the marathon until the last horse completes the course.

New Wording:
AC.2.6 Provide qualified medical personnel (as defined by state or local EMS district) either present or on call (except marathon); a means of communication for accident notification to the central command area; a means of patient retrieval (by stretcher, etc.) from inaccessible areas; and a means of transporting stretcher cases to a hospital. An accident preparedness plan should be in place to address injury of horse(s) or competitors and severe weather. Any event, trial or show that includes a marathon must provide qualified medical personnel on site from the start of the marathon until the last horse completes the course.

Reason for Change:

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Pleasure Driving Committee.

RC#: 17-009
Rule/Article: PD 250.3 Clarify
Proponent: ADS Pleasure Driving Committee
Date: posted 25Jan16

Current Wording: e. No points will be awarded for an incorrectly completed obstacle. If the obstacle is incorrectly driven, but not disturbed, it may be attempted again.

New Wording: e. No points will be awarded for an incorrectly driven obstacle. If the obstacle is incorrectly driven, but not disturbed, it may be attempted again.

Reason for Change: Housekeeping clarification

 

This proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Pleasure Driving Committee as modified

RC#: 17-010
Rule/Article: GR 2.7 + 5.11 Clarify
Proponent: ADS Pleasure Driving Committee
Date: posted 27Jan16, chart modified 31July2016

 

Current Wording:

Junior and adult competition participants, e.g., anyone who rides on a vehicle at any time at an event, are defined as follows:

a. The “competition age” of an individual will be the age reached during the current calendar year.
b. “Junior A” – competition age: 10 and below. Junior A drivers must be accompanied by a knowledgeable adult horseman at all times.
c. “Junior B” – competition age 11, 12, 13. Junior B drivers must be accompanied by a knowledgeable adult horseman at all times.

EXCEPTION: Junior “B” drivers competing with a single Very Small Equine (VSE) turnout in a securely enclosed arena need not be accompanied by a knowledgeable adult horseman unless required by the organizer.

d. “Junior C” – competition age 14, 15, 16, 17, 18. Junior C drivers competing with a single horse/pony turnout at their discretion need not carry a groom/passenger unless required by the competition.
e. “Junior” – Unless otherwise defined: Competition age under 19.
f. “Adult” – Competition age 19 and over.

New Wording: Add new chart in addition to text

GR2.7chart 3

Reason for Change: To add speed and ease of comprehension to rules about Junior Drivers

This proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Rules Committee

RC#: 17-011
Rule/Article: GR 5.11 Modify also PD 207.4 
Proponent: Rules Committee
Date: posted 02Feb2016, modified 31July2016

Current Wording:

All Juniors in all competitions must wear properly fastened protective headgear which meets or exceeds current ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carry the SEI tag. It must be properly fitted with harness secured. Failure to comply will result in elimination.

New Wording: 

At all times while on a carriage, all juniors must wear properly fastened protective headgear which meets or exceeds current ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carry the SEI tag. Headgear must be properly fitted with harness secured.
Failure to comply while competing may result in elimination. Failure to comply after being notified to do so by an Official may result in a Warning Card and/or Disqualification.

Reason for Change: To require Juniors to wear headgear whenever on a carriage.


 

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Pleasure Driving Committee.

RC#: 17-013
Rule/Article: PD 249.3 Clarify Double Jeopardy
Proponent: ADS Pleasure Driving Committee
Date: posted 31May2016

Current Wording: b. After passing through the Start markers, the first driver shall proceed through each obstacle and through the designated Finish markers for the first course and come to a halt. The time is stopped until the second driver takes the reins and whip. Only after there is complete control of the reins and whip may the second driver proceed. Beginning with the designated Start markers, the time is continued for the reverse course, continuing through the obstacles in reverse order and in the reverse direction and through the designated Finish markers for the reverse course. It is recommended that a different colored set of numbers be placed to indicate the required “reverse” course.

New Wording: b. After passing through the Start markers, the first driver shall proceed through each obstacle and through the designated Finish markers, where time is stopped. After coming to a halt, the reins and whip are transferred to the second driver. Only after there is complete control of the reins and whip may the second driver proceed as follows: Beginning with the designated Start markers, the time is continued for the reverse course, continuing through the obstacles in reverse order and in the reverse direction and through the designated Finish markers for the reverse course. It is recommended that a different colored set of numbers be placed to indicate the required “reverse” course.

Reason for Change: Clarification of procedure

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Pleasure Driving Committee.

RC#: 17-014
Rule/Article: PD 216.1
Proponent: ADS Pleasure Driving Committee
Date: posted 31May2016

Current Wording: 216.1 Classes offered for donkeys and/or mules may be divided by size.

New Wording: Delete entirely

Reason for Change: If it is not prohibited, it is permitted. This is an unnecessary rule.

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Pleasure Driving Committee.

RC#: 17-016
Rule/Article: PD 238.4
Proponent: ADS Pleasure Driving Committee
Date: posted 31May2016

Strike Article 238.4

see 17-015

Reason for Change: Exceptions previously listed in 238.4 will be covered by the statement in PD244: “Unless otherwise specified in class rule…”

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Pleasure Driving Committee.

RC#: 17-015
Rule/Article: PD 244
Proponent: ADS Pleasure Driving Committee
Date: posted 31May2016

Strike Article 238.4 and modify 244

Current Wording:

238.4 Unless otherwise specified in class rules, if an entry disturbs any part of an obstacle out of its driving sequence or if any obstacle or start or finish line is driven in reverse direction, out of sequence or driven twice, the obstacle or start or finish line will be considered driven incorrectly and be scored under the rules for each specific class. See exceptions regarding the correct driving of the start and finish lines for Scurry Obstacles, Pick Your Route Obstacles, Gambler’s Choice Obstacles and Double Jeopardy Obstacles classes.

Article 244 Off-Course
244.1 Unless otherwise specified in individual class rules, a driver is off-course when driving an obstacle in the incorrect sequence or direction or when failing to drive a required obstacle.
244.2 For a Start or Finish line or an obstacle to be completed, the entire turnout (all horses and all wheels of the vehicle) must pass through the obstacle or the start/finish markers.
244.3 Straddling an obstacle marker, regardless of an actual disturbance, will be scored as a dislodgement.
244.4 Straddling a Start or Finish marker will be considered off course.

New Wording: Article 244 Off-Course
Unless otherwise specified in individual class rules, a driver is off-course if:
a. a required obstacle is not driven.
b. the start or finish line is not driven.
c. an obstacle is driven in reverse direction, out of sequence or driven twice
d. the start or finish line is driven in reverse direction, out of sequence or driven twice
e. the entire turnout (all horses and all wheels of the vehicle) fails to pass through the obstacle or the start/finish markers.
f. an entry disturbs any part of an obstacle out of its driving sequence

Reason for Change: Exceptions previously listed in 238.4 will be covered by the statement in PD244: “Unless otherwise specified in class rule…”

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Pleasure Driving Committee.

RC#: 17-017
Rule/Article: PD 249.6.g
Proponent: ADS Pleasure Driving Committee
Date: posted 31May2016

Strike Article 249.6g

Current Wording:

249.6 Your Route/My Route Obstacles
g. Omitting an obstacle or driving an obstacle twice in the second half of the round results in Elimination. Passing through the Start and Finish markers more than one time will be considered “off course.”

New Wording: Article 244 Off-Course
Unless otherwise specified in individual class rules, a driver is off-course if:
a. a required obstacle is not driven.
b. the start or finish line is not driven.
c. an obstacle is driven in reverse direction, out of sequence or driven twice
d. the start or finish line is driven in reverse direction, out of sequence or driven twice
e. the entire turnout (all horses and all wheels of the vehicle) fails to pass through the obstacle or the start/finish markers.
f. an entry disturbs any part of an obstacle out of its driving sequence

Reason for Change: Being Off Course is described in new Art 244. The penalty for being Off Course is indicated in Art 247, therefore g. is unnecessary and redundant.

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Pleasure Driving Committee.

RC#: 17-018
Rule/Article: PD 250.1
Proponent: ADS Pleasure Driving Committee
Date: posted 31May2016

Current Wording: 250.1 Fault and Out Obstacles
c. If all the obstacles are driven cleanly before the allowed time expires, the driver will begin the course again, starting with obstacle #1, without having to pass through the Start markers.
f. For the purposes of scoring, a disobedience (see Article 211, Break in Gaits) is considered a dislodgement of the attempted obstacle.
g. Going off course or dislodging a Start marker will incur elimination. Passing through the Start markers more than one time is not considered “off course.”

New Wording:

c. If all the obstacles are driven cleanly before the allowed time expires, the driver will begin the course again, starting with obstacle #1, without having to pass through the Start markers, however, passing through the Start markers more than once is not considered “off course” and is not penalized.

delete f

delete g

Reason for Change: Clarification regarding driving the Start line after completing all numbered gates once. Art 250.1.f & g are redundant. Penalties are described in Art 247

This proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Combined Driving Committee

RCP#: 17-026
Rule/Article: CD 901.10.6
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Date: posted 31May2016

Revised Wording: 901.10.6 A “Combined a-la-carte (CAC) event” may use any of the above formats, with class entry selections made at the competitor’s option from those published in the Omnibus on the entry form. Organizers may offer one or more driven dressage tests [delete (listed as Training A, Training B, Training C, Preliminary A, Preliminary B and so forth)]; Marathon and Cones classes based on a combination of division and turnout. Athletes [delete Competitors] have the option to select one class for each of the three competitions. Example: Dressage – Preliminary [delete A]; Marathon – Training [delete small pony]; Cones – Intermediate [delete pony].

[delete Awards shall be limited to class entries only: Dressage – by test; Marathon and Cones by division and turnout.] Awards shall be limited to class entries or combined at the Organizer’s discretion. Overall division awards, if offered, are limited to entries competing in the same division for all three competitions.

Reason for Change: To simplify the Omnibus listing and entry form requirements. Wording does not change the intent.

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Event Standards Committee as amended

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Combined Driving Committee as amended 

RC#: 17-030
Rule/Article: GR 6.3
Proponent: Boots Wright
Date: posted 2June2016, amended 3Oct16

New:

GR 6.3 At American Driving Society recognized events, all equines entering the event location must be accompanied by documentation of Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) vaccinations within the six months prior to entering the competition venue. Equines not in compliance with this Rule are required to leave the driving event location upon request by Competition Management. Documentation should consist of one of the following methods found below.

The frequency of vaccine administration should be as recommended by the vaccine manufacturer or Veterinarian. It is recommended that vaccines be administered by or under the direction of a veterinarian.

Documentation should consist of one of the following:

  1. In the case of vaccines given by a Veterinarian, the Person Responsible, upon request by Competition Management, must provide documentation from the Veterinarian, documenting that the equine in question received the vaccinations on the date administered and the name of the vaccine.
    which includes the date administered, and the name of the vaccine, manufacturer’s name, the serial number and expiration date of the vaccine. This documentation with the administering Veterinarian’s stamp/signature may be in the equine’s passport or Vaccination Record or on an official receipt/invoice containing the Veterinarian’s name and address.
  2. In the case of vaccines administered by a person other than a Veterinarian, the Person Responsible, upon request by Competition Management, must provide a receipt of the vaccine purchase which is signed by the Person Responsible, the equine’s name, the serial number and expiration date of the vaccine and the date of administration.
    which contains the date of administration, the name of the vaccine, the manufacturer’s name, the serial number and expiration date of the vaccine. This receipt must be signed by the Owner or the Person Responsible for the care, custody and control of the equine. The name and description of the equine must accompany the receipt.
  3. In the case of an equine that is unable to receive either of the vaccines due to a history of adverse reactions, the Person Responsible, upon request by Competition Management, must provide a letter from a Veterinarian on official letterhead stating the equine cannot be vaccinated due to medical concerns and a . This letter must be on official letterhead and contain the Veterinarian’s name and address and be accompanied by  log of the equine’s temperature taken at least twice daily for the seven days prior to arrival at the competition grounds. venue. These equines must also have their temperatures taken and recorded at least twice daily while on the competition grounds. The proof of vaccination must be attached to the Athlete’s entry form. The log of temperatures taken must be provided to the Competition Management, Steward or Technical Delegate when requested.

 

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Recreational Driving Committee

RC#: 17-032
Rule/Article: RD 408.1
Proponent: Heidi Ferguson
Date: posted 4June2016

Current Wording: Two grooms are required for four-in-hands or unicorns to assist in the event of difficulty.

Suggested WordingExcept for VSE and Small Pony turnouts that require just one groom, two grooms are required for four-in-hands or unicorns to assist in the event of difficulty.

Reason for Change: Consistency in rules across ADS disciplines

 

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Combined Driving Committee

RC#: 17-033
Rule/Article: CD 914.3.4 913.3.4 (corrected article number 2Aug16, thank you Hardy)
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Date: posted 4June2016

Current Wording: Intermediate-II division – the driver has completed* at least four Preliminary or Intermediate division CDEs.

New Wording: Hybrid divisions offering Advanced Dressage and Cones – the driver has completed* at least four Preliminary or Intermediate division CDEs

Reason for Change: Delete Intermediate-II name.

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Combined Driving Committee

RC#: 17-034
Rule/Article: CD 937.1.1
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Date: posted 4June2016

Current Wording: (in italics, second sentence) For divisions other than Intermediate-II and Advanced, a groom is optional for single horse and pony drivers in Dressage and Cones Competition only and also for all single equine turnouts less than 120cm.

New Wording: For divisions other than Hybrid Divisions offering Advanced Dressage and Cones, a groom is optional for single horse and pony drivers in Dressage and Cones Competition only and also for all single equine turnouts less than 120cm.

Reason for Change: Delete Intermediate-II name.

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Combined Driving Committee

RC#: 17-035
Rule/Article: 937.3 b(1)
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Date: posted 4June2016, revised 27July206

Current Wording: In Dressage and Cones: Intermediate-II division entries must follow all vehicle requirements under FEI 2* rules.

New Wording: Entries in Hybrid Divisions offering Advanced Dressage and Cones must follow all vehicle requirements under FEI 2* rules.

Reason for Change: Delete Intermediate-II name.

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Combined Driving Committee

RC#: 17-036
Rule/Article: 943.2.16
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Date: posted 4June2016, revised 27July2016

Current Wording: Intermediate-II division drivers must follow all FEI rules for Advanced Competition for Dressage and Cones.

New Wording: Athletes competing in Hybrid Divisions and CAC classes offering Advanced Dressage and Cones must follow all FEI rules pertaining to Athlete and Groom Participation.

Reason for Change: Remove reference to Intermediate-II and recognize CAC/ Hybrid Divisions.

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED as revised by the Combined Driving Committee

RC#: 17-038
Rule/Article: 951
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Date: posted 7June2016, revised 27July 2017

Current Wording: At ADS-recognized events, current ADS Driven Dressage Tests must be used as published for Training, Preliminary and Intermediate divisions and for Advanced division in Arena Trials. Advanced divisions in Driving Trials and Intermediate-II division use appropriate FEI Driven Dressage Tests.

New Wording: At ADS-recognized events, current ADS Driven Dressage Tests must be used as published for Training, Preliminary and Intermediate divisions and for Advanced division in Arena Trials. Advanced divisions in Driving Trials, and [delete Intermediate-II division; insert Hybrid divisions and CAC classes offering Advanced Dressage] use appropriate FEI Driven Dressage Test.

Reason for Change: Remove reference to Intermediate-II and recognize CAC/Hybrid Divisions

 

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Combined Driving Committee.

RC#: 17-039
Rule/Article: 960.2.7
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Date: posted 7June2016

Suggested Wording:

960.2.7 At ADS-recognized events:

a. Training [insert] Marathon competitions [delete division events] other than Driving Trials, Sections A, Walk and B must be used with a total distance up to 12 km, with up to five obstacles with no more than three gates each.

b. Preliminary [insert] Marathon competitions [delete division events] other than Driving Trials, Sections A, Walk and B must be used, and the total distance to be between 8-14 km, with up to six obstacles with no more than four gates each.

c. Intermediate [insert] Marathon competitions [delete and Intermediate-II divisions] other than Driving Trials, Sections A, Walk and B must be used, and the total distance to be between 10.8-15 km with six or seven obstacles with no more than five gates each.

d. Driving Trials, only Section B is used, with a total distance of up to 10 km.

 

Reason for Change: Remove reference to Intermediate-II and make the article appropriate for CAC/Hybrid Divisions.

 

This Proposal is RECOMMENDED by the Combined Driving Committee.

This proposal only changes the wording to replace Intermediate-II. The option to also remove the option of a two-section marathon is RC# 17-041

Please note correction to new (red) text.  Apologies for the late change. (5Aug2016)

RC#: 17-040
Rule/Article: 960.2.9
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Date: posted 7June2016, revised 27July2016, corrected 5Aug2016

see also 17-041

Current Wording: (in italics, second sentence) At ADS-recognized events with Section A, VSE entries in Training and Preliminary Divisions may compete on a shortened course. VSE entries in Intermediate and Intermediate-II Divisions will use the full course. When Section A is 1 kilometer or less, it may be driven on the track of the Walk Section and the Walk Section be omitted entirely.

New Wording: At ADS-recognized events with Section A, VSE entries in Training and Preliminary Divisions may compete on a shortened course. VSE entries in Intermediate [delete and Intermediate-II; insert  and Advanced Hybrid Divisions and CAC classes must] use the full course. [see also 17-041 When Section A is 1 kilometer or less, it may be driven on the track of the Walk Section and the Walk Section be omitted entirely.]

Reason for Change: Remove reference to Intermediate-II and remove the option of a two-section VSE Marathon Course. The incidence of a two section Marathon at a CDE is almost non-existent. This option is currently requiring a lot of data space on the Omnibus Entry Form for no real reason.

 

This Proposal is suggested as amended by the Combined Driving Committee.

RC#: 17-045
Rule/Article: CD-A Driving Trials, 2. Divisions
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Date: posted 7June2016, revised 28July2016

Appendix CD-A #2

Current Wording: Driving Trial Divisions may be include Training, Preliminary, Intermediate, Advanced or hybrid divisions including Intermediate-II or Preliminary-II or combinations thereof. Organizers should limit the number of divisions based on the ability of the Organizing Committee and Course Designer.

Revised Wording: Driving Trial Divisions may include Training, Preliminary, Intermediate, Advanced or Hybrid divisions or CAC classes consisting of combinations thereof. Organizers should limit the number of divisions based on the ability of the Organizing Committee and Course Designer.

Reason for Change: Remove references to Intermediate-II and Preliminary-II names.

FEI rule change RECOMMENDED by the Combined Driving Committee

RC#: 17-047
Rule/Article: 965.3.2
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Date: posted 1Aug2016

Current wording:

Once Grooms have dismounted they are not required to get back onto the carriage and need not follow the Athlete through any of the Compulsory Gates in the rest of the Obstacle. Grooms do not have to be on the Carriage when it leaves the obstacle. They may get on the carriage outside of the obstacle.

New wording: 

Once Grooms have dismounted they are not required to get back onto the carriage and need not follow the athlete through any Compulsory Gates in the rest of the obstacle. Grooms do not have to be on the carriage when it leaves the obstacle. They may must get back on the carriage immediately outside the obstacle. Failure to do so will incur five penalties per incident.

FEI rule change RECOMMENDED by the Combined Driving Committee

RC#: 17-048
Rule/Article: 973.1.2
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Date: posted 1Aug2016

Current wording:

All obstacles consisting of a single pair of cones will constitute a single obstacle.

New wording: 

All obstacles consisting of a single pair or double pair (oxer) of cones will constitute as a single obstacle.

FEI rule change RECOMMENDED by the Combined Driving Committee

RC#: 17-049
Rule/Article: 973.1.6 and 973.1.6.1
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Date: posted 1Aug2016

NEW

973.1.6 An Oxer will be composed of two pairs of cones in a straight line. The distance between the first set of cones and the second set will be between 1.5 and 3 meters, at the option of the Course Designer.The maximum penaltirs per oxer is three penalties, for hitting one to four balls. The first set of cones will have the number of the obstacle, the second set will only be marked with red and white flags.

973.1.6.1 A maximum of five oxers are allowed in a Cones course.

Note that the current ADS 973.1.6 thru 973.1.8 will be renumbered as 973.1.7 thru 973.1.9

FEI rule change RECOMMENDED by the Combined Driving Committee

RC#: 17-050
Rule/Article: Annex 8
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Date: posted 1Aug2016

New Annex 8: (old Annex 8 becomes Annex 10, old Annex 10 becomes Annex 9) 

oxer

FEI rule change RECOMMENDED by the Combined Driving Committee

RC#: 17-051
Rule/Article: 981 Penalties in Cones chart
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Date: posted 1Aug2016

Article 981 Summary of Penalties in Cones

1 Clarification: Line 3: Driving without a whip in the arena competition

1 New: Add last line: Grooms standing between the start and Finish / 975.2.7 / 5 penalties / 5 seconds