FEI – CD 965.3.2 Groom down 17-047

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.

3 Response(s)

  1. erobb123 says :

    August 29, 2016

    This seems awkward. How far is “immediately”? What if you have another competitor on hold? But it’s probably workable. Obstacle spotters & judge should be (& usually are) observing/noting activities outside the obstacle in any case.

  2. EllenEttenger says :

    August 3, 2016

    I am in favor of this clarification of when the groom needs to get back on the carriage.

  3. daves says :

    August 2, 2016

    At first read I thought how is this different. Then I figured it was created to slow the rig down sufficiently to cause more time in the hazard. Fine, but are you asking the hazard judge to make that determination? Good luck with that. Why not make them get back on BEFORE leaving the hazard? Problem solved.

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