2017 List by Rule Number

Posts made after this entry will pertain to the 2018 Rulebook rule change process.

RC#: 18-034
Rule/Article: PD 237.1
Change Type: Housekeeping
Proponent: Pleasure Driving Committee
Status: 20Jun17 received and posted

237.1 … Cone pairs may be numbered with markers placed on the cones [delete: themselves].

 

RC#: 18-004
Rule/Article: CD 969.1
Change Type: Housekeeping
Proponent: Rules Committee
Status: 18Mar17 posted

 

Revise Marathon Penalty chart to show no elimination for not wearing safety vest on Marathon at ADS events.

 

 

RC#: 18-036
Housekeeping
Section: Combined Driving
Proponent: Rules Committee
Status: posted 19Jul17

 

Correct CD-E to match rule 960.2.9. Marathon > Maximum speeds > Training > Pony >Walk > 6 kph should be 5 kph.

 

RC#: 18-027
Housekeeping
Section: Driven Dressage
Proponent: Rules Committee, Dressage Committee
Status: posted 10Jun17

The word “must” replaces the word “shall” 

520.13 If, during the test, the entire turnout leaves the arena, the competitor is eliminated. If part of a turnout leaves the arena, it [delete shall; add] must be scored as a poor movement and appropriate marks awarded.

524.2 … In the case of equality of points, the competitor with the highest marks received under General Impressions [delete shall; add] must be declared the winner. When the scores for General Impressions tie, the judge may be required to decide on a winner after review of both score sheets or the horses may remain tied.

524.4 In Combined Driving Events, scoring [delete shall; add] must be according to Article 956.

Reason for Change: Clarify wording to match intent of rule. The term “shall” is obsolete and confusing. ADS GR2.9 defines “must” and “shall” to mean the same, however “shall” is often misinterpreted as “should,” which has a different meaning (GR2.10).

RC#: 18-035
Housekeeping
Section: Driven Dressage
Proponent: Rules Committee, Pleasure Driving Committee
Status: received 10May17, posted 20Jun17

The word “must” replaces the word “shall,” or “shall” removed as unnecessary to meaning

207.1.a (iii) Unless otherwise specified, the driver [delete shall; add] must wear a hat, an apron or knee rug and gloves. …

b. Grooms: Grooms of either sex may wear stable livery in any but the more formal vehicles where full livery is appropriate. … In all competitions, grooms [delete shall; add] must wear a hat or protective headgear.

216.1.c. Unless otherwise published in the Omnibus, the following point system [delete shall be; add] is used: …

222.2 To be shown both ways of the ring at a walk, slow trot, working trot and strong trot. Drivers [delete shall be; add] are required to rein back.

224.1.c. Entries must follow the designated track without deviation keeping red markers on their right and white markers on their left. Numbered or lettered markers, …, [delete shall be; add] are used to indicate the sequence and starting point of each element.

228.4 Show organizers may omit the Under Saddle section, in which case the following percentages [delete shall] apply: …

235.2 [delete While walking the course, drivers shall not alter, adjust, or in any way move an obstacle, or any part thereof; add] Alteration, adjustment or moving an obstacle or any part thereof by any person other than an official is prohibited.

244.3 Any competitor who advises the judge that he will not participate in a drive-off [delete shall be; add] is placed last of the competitors in that drive-off. Should more than one of the tied competitors elect not to participate, all those not participating [delete shall] remain tied among themselves. …

247.2 After passing the starting line, the driver [delete shall proceed; add] proceeds through each obstacle in order to the designated finish line.

248.3.b. After passing through the Start markers, the first driver [delete shall proceed; add] proceeds through each obstacle and through the designated Finish markers, …

248.4.b. After passing through the Start markers, all the obstacles [delete shall be; add] are driven in the correct sequence. …

248.5.c. After passing through the Start markers, the driver [delete shall proceed; add] proceeds through each obstacle to the designated Finish markers, …

248.6.c. Your route: After passing through the start markers, the driver [delete shall drive; add] drives through all 10 obstacles in the correct sequence and direction.

249.1.b. After passing through the Start markers, the driver [delete shall proceed; add] proceeds through each consecutively numbered obstacle, in order …

249.1.e. When the allowed time expires, a disobedience occurs or an obstacle is dislodged, a signal [delete will be; add] is given [add] after which the driver [delete shall then proceed; add] proceeds through the next consecutively numbered obstacle. The time [delete will be; add] is taken when the rear axle clears this obstacle.

249.1.f. The score of a driver who fails to drive the next consecutively numbered obstacle after the whistle is blown [delete shall count; add] counts, up to the point where the signal is given, but the competitor must be placed after those with an equal score and time.

249.2.b. After passing the starting line, the entry [delete shall proceed; add] proceeds through each obstacle, in order, until finishing the course or dislodging an obstacle.

250.2.c. After passing through the Start line, the driver [delete shall proceed; add] proceeds through each obstacle in order and through the Finish line.

259.2 Time Allowed in the trot section [delete shall be; add] is calculated from the distance and required …

259.4 … Time Allowed in the walk section [delete shall be; add] is calculated from the distance and …

259.9 Ties: The judge [delete shall determine; add] determines  the winner by selecting the horse most suitable to provide a pleasant drive.

260.4 … The start of the trot [delete shall be; add] is marked “mandatory trot.”

260.7 Ties: In the event of a tie, the judge [delete shall determine; add] determines  the winner …

265.3 Tandems: Lead horse tugs must be attached to the wheel horse’s tugs behind the belly band or directly to the singletree. [delete At no time shall lead tugs be attached to the hames of the wheel horse; add] Lead tugs must not be attached to the hames of the wheel horse.

Reason for Change: Clarify wording to match intent of rule.

RC#: 18-014
Rule/Article: CD 912
Change Type: Clarify
Proponent: CD Committee
Status: 31May17 received and posted

Current Wording: Article 912 Minimum Age – Athletes and Grooms

For ADS-recognized events, the provisions of 1-4 of this article do not apply. See GR-2.7 for minimum age requirements. The minimum competition age for grooms is 14. Exception: Driving Trial (Training and Preliminary divisions), the minimum competition age for a groom is 12.

New Wording: 

For ADS-recognized events, the provisions of 1-4 and 6 of this article do not apply. See GR-2.7 for minimum age requirements. The minimum competition age for grooms is 14. Exception: Driving Trial (Training and Preliminary divisions), the minimum competition age for a groom is 12..

Reason for Change:  Clarification. The rule exception for 912.6 – Grooms for ADS events is covered under Article GR-2.7.

RC#: 18-012
Rule/Article: CD 928.2.2, 2.3, 2.4
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: CD Committee
Status: 31May17 received and posted

Current Wording: 

2.2 At ADS-recognized events, the provisions of this paragraph do not apply.

Athletes and Grooms must wear securely fastened Protective Headgear and a back protector in the Marathon that is in compliance with the applicable international testing standards. Infringement will result in Elimination.

2.3 At ADS-recognized events, the provisions of this paragraph do not apply.

In addition, failure to wear such Protective Headgear and back protector where and when required after being notified to do so by an Official, shall result in a Yellow Warning Card being issued to the Athlete.

At ADS-recognized events:

2.4 Protective vests (“back protectors”) and Medical Armbands are strongly recommended.

New Wording: 

2.2 Athletes and Grooms must wear securely fastened Protective Headgear and a back protector in the Marathon that is in compliance with the applicable international testing standards. Infringement will result in Elimination.

2.3 In addition, failure to wear such Protective Headgear and back protector where and when required after being notified to do so by an Official, shall result in a Yellow Warning Card being issued to the Athlete.

At ADS-recognized events:

2.4 Medical Armbands are strongly recommended.

Reason for Change:  Remove exemption for vests requirement on Marathon.

Withdrawn and resubmitted as RC 18-024

RC#: 18-002
Rule/Article: CD 928.2.1
Change Type: Clarify
Proponent: Erika Matulich
Status: 22Feb17 received; 24Feb17 posted and sent to committee

 

 

RC#: 18-024
Rule/Article: CD 928.2.1
Change Type: Clarify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: 2June17 #18-002 withdrawn, this update submitted and posted.

Current Wording: 928.2 Dress in Marathon and Combined Marathon
2.1 Less formal dress is acceptable in Marathon for the Athlete and Grooms. Shorts are not permitted. Infringement will incur 10 penalties per person.

New Wording, Add:

At ADS-recognized events, non-permitted “shorts” are defined as clothing that does not cover the legs to the ankles.

Reason for Change: Clarification prohibiting wearing various forms of “shorts” in marathon.

RC#: 18-013
Rule/Article: CD 928.2.5
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: CD Committee
Status: 31May17 received and posted

Current Wording: 

At ADS-recognized events:

2.5 All persons on the vehicle during Marathon must wear properly fastened protective headgear which meets or exceeds ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. It must be properly fitted with harness secured. The responsibility for compliance rests with each person on the vehicle. Failure to comply results in elimination of the entry, and the competitor will not be allowed to continue in the Marathon.

New Wording: 

At ADS-recognized events:

2.5 All persons on the vehicle during Marathon must wear properly fastened protective headgear which meets or exceeds international testing standards including ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. It must be properly fitted and securely fastened by a permanently affixed safety harness. The responsibility for compliance rests with each person on the vehicle. Failure to comply results in elimination of the entry, and the competitor will not be allowed to continue in the Marathon.

Reason for Change:  Clarify wording for protective headgear; accept compliance with other recognized international standards.

RC#: 18-015
Rule/Article: CD 937.1.1
Change Type: Clarify
Proponent: CD Committee
Status: 31May17 received and posted; updated 2Jun17 & 7June17

Current Wording:

1.1 … At ADS-recognized events, drivers may use a two- or four-wheeled vehicle for single horse/pony/VSE classes. 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 Competitions only and also in Marathon for all single equine turnouts less than 120 cm.

Exception: See 973.1 and 974.1 for events where the Organizer has opted to use standard Cone settings and has published the specifications in the Omnibus. At ADS-recognized events, there are no required weights or track widths. (See APPENDIX CD-E. QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE FOR CDES)

New Wording: 

1.1 … At ADS-recognized events, including Driving Trials, Athletes may use a two- or four-wheeled vehicle for single horse/pony/VSE classes. For classes offering Advanced Dressage tests and Cones specifications, a groom is optional for single horse and pony drivers as well as in Marathon for all single equine turnouts less than 120 cm.

Exception:See 973.1 and 974.1 for events where the Organizer has opted to use standard Cone settings and has published the specifications in the Omnibus. At ADS-recognized events, there are no required carriage weights or track widths. (See APPENDIX CD-E. QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE FOR CDES)

Reason for Change:

RC#: 18-016
Rule/Article: CD 937.3
Change Type: Clarify
Proponent: CD Committee
Status: 31May17 received and posted

Current Wording: At ADS-recognized Dressage and Cones competitions, the following table applies for Training, Preliminary, and Intermediate divisions.

New Wording: At ADS-recognized Dressage and Cones competitions, the following table applies for Training, Preliminary, Intermediate and all Advanced division classes for VSEs and Small Ponies.

 

Reason for Change: Clarification

RC#: 18-017
Rule/Article: CD 937.3(b)
Change Type: Clarify
Proponent: CD Committee
Status: 31May17 received and posted

Current Wording:

b. At ADS-recognized events, there are no required track widths. (See APPENDIX CD-E. QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE FOR CDES). Exceptions:

(1) Entries in Hybrid Divisions offering Advanced Dressage and Cones must follow all vehicle requirements under FEI CAI 2* rules.

(2) See 973.1 and 974.1 for events where the Organizer has opted to use standard Cones settings and has published the specifications in the Omnibus.

New Wording: …

(1) Entries in classes offering Advanced Dressage tests and Cones specifications (except for VSE and Small pony turnouts) must follow all vehicle requirements under FEI CAI 2* rules.

Reason for Change: Clarification

RC#: 18-018
Rule/Article: CD 938.1
Change Type: Clarify
Proponent: CD Committee
Status: 31May17 received and posted

Current Wording: 938.1 Dressage Carriages must be fitted with forward facing lamps and rear lamps or reflectors in Dressage only (penalties: see ARTICLE 957). Lamps or reflectors are not compulsory in Cones.

At ADS-recognized events, the provisions of this article apply to Athletes competing in Hybrid divisions offering Advanced Dressage and Cones, but do not apply to Training, Preliminary and Intermediate Divisions, nor do the applicable penalties of ARTICLE 957 or ARTICLE 981.

New Wording: …

At ADS-recognized events, the provisions of this article apply only to entries competing in classes offering Advanced Dressage tests and Cones specifications.

Reason for Change: Clarification

RC#: 18-019
Rule/Article: CD 943.2.16
Change Type: Clarify
Proponent: CD Committee
Status: 31May17 received and posted 1June17

Current Wording: At ADS-recognized events, the following table shall apply for Training, Preliminary, and Intermediate divisions.

New Wording: At ADS-recognized events, the following table applies for Training, Preliminary, and Intermediate divisions and for VSE and Small Ponies in Advanced Dressage tests and Cones competitions.

Reason for Change: Clarification

RC#: 18-020
Rule/Article: CD 943.2.18
Change Type: Clarify
Proponent: CD Committee
Status: 31May17 received and posted 1June17

Current Wording: Athletes competing in Hybrid divisions and CAC classes offering Advanced Dressage and Cones must follow all FEI requirements pertaining to Athlete and Groom participation

New Wording: Athletes (except VSE and Small Pony turnouts) competing in classes offering Advanced Dressage tests and Cones specifications must follow all FEI requirements pertaining to Athlete and Groom participation.

Reason for Change: Clarification

RC#: 18-005
Rule/Article: CD 945.2
Change Type: Clarify
Proponent: Hardy Zantke
Status: 13Mar17 received; 19Mar17 posted and sent to committee

Current Wording: 945.2 Prohibited outside assistance
At ADS-recognized events, no person, either on or off a competing carriage entry may give verbal or physical directions to an Athlete with the exception of persons on the carriage during Marathon competitions. Athletes receiving verbal or physical assistance except for permitted outside assistance as listed in 943.2 shall be eliminated at the sole discretion of the Ground Jury.

New Wording: 7.1 The Athlete … exit flags.
At ADS-recognized events, no person either on or off a competing carriage entry may give verbal or physical directions to an Athlete with the exception of persons on the carriage during Marathon competitions, as well as officials fulfilling their duties during the competition. Athletes receiving verbal or physical assistance except for permitted outside assistance as listed in 945.3 may be eliminated at the sole discretion of the Ground Jury.

Reason for Change: Some officials believe they cannot give instructions to a driver after they stopped him – for example during the dressage test or in the cones – to tell him how to proceed, and cite the current rule as written above. Accordingly, we need to correct that rule as officials should always be able to give instructions to an Athlete on how the Athlete should proceed after he was stopped by them.

RC#: 18-021
Rule/Article: CD 960.2.9
Change Type: Clarify
Proponent: CD Committee
Status: 31May17 received and posted 1June17

Current and Revised Wording:

 

 

 

RC#: 18-008
Rule/Article: CD 960.5.1
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Penny Nicely
Status: 26Apr17 received; 28Apr17 posted and sent to committee

Current Wording: 960.5.1 Sufficient red and white compulsory turning flags must be positioned on the Course to ensure that all Athletes follow the designated track. Athletes must leave the red flags on their right and the white flags on their left. These compulsory turning flags must be numbered consecutively in each Section and they must be placed so they are clearly visible to Athletes from a reasonable distance.

At ADS-recognized events, numbered kilometer markers and compulsory turning flags shall be distinguished by the following colors. Distinctive shapes are also highly recommended. Numbers may be black or white to provide maximum contrast:
Training division – diamond – white or black background
Preliminary division – square – green background
Intermediate division – circle – red background
Advanced division – triangle – blue background
VSE classes – octagonal – orange or purple background

At ADS-recognized Training and Preliminary division events, there shall be no Compulsory Turning Flags positioned on significant slopes. A relatively easy alternate route shall be provided.

New Wording:
…  compulsory turning flags must be numbered consecutively in each Section and they must be placed so they are clearly visible to Drivers from a reasonable distance.

At ADS-recognized events, [refers to everything following]:
when red and white course flags are used, splits in the course must be clearly designated by arrows and a clear indication of which divisions follow which path (i.e., T, P, I (or VT, VP, VI for VSEs). If the courses merge back together the course with the fewest CTFs will have a “catch-up” gate just before the junction bringing it up to the next gate number for the recombined course (e.g., 6-10, 5-6 etc).

Numbered kilometer markers and course flags may be distinguished by the following colors. Distinctive shapes are also highly recommended. Numbers may be black or white to provide maximum contrast:
Training division – diamond – white or black background
Preliminary division – square – green background
Intermediate division – circle – red background
Advanced division – triangle – blue background
VSE classes – octagonal – orange or purple background.

Training and Preliminary divisions must not have Compulsory Turning Flags positioned on significant slopes. A relatively easy alternate route must be provided.

Reason for Change: To allow a legal use of red and white course flags, especially where all competitors follow the same track for most of the course. To permit greater leeway for legal signage at ADS events where budgets may be constrained and manpower to place signage may be limited. To eliminate the confusion created where the same signs may indicate either a CTF or a kilometer marker. Colors and shapes are totally appropriate for kilometer markers which appear singly on course. However, multiple signs used on a single course gate can be confusing. Organizing groups and course designers should have the opportunity to stay with traditional signage for ADS events and be within the rules. Rules involving the course marking should be less restrictive and more encompassing of options that will achieve the same purpose, more efficiently and at less cost.

RC#: 18-009
Rule/Article: CD 963.4.2
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Penny Nicely
Status: 26Apr17 received; 28Apr17 posted and sent to committee

Current Wording: 963.4.2 [FEI] If an Athlete is not ready to start Section A at his scheduled time, the Timekeeper will start him at the earliest available time at his discretion, and record the actual starting time, which must be reported to the Technical Delegate and President of Jury, for onward transmission to the Scorer, at the earliest opportunity. The Athlete will be penalised 0.25 of a penalty per second of the time elapsed between his scheduled start time and the time he was ready to start, and he must not be allowed to start less than two minutes before the next Athlete’s starting time. For the avoidance of doubt, Athletes will not be penalised where the start of Section A is delayed for organisational reasons.

New Wording: [add] At ADS-recognized events, if the competitor is not ready to start at his scheduled time, the starter will ask him to step aside and will contact an official who will make a determination if a later start is available, depending on the schedule. Competitors starting late will be penalized one minute of time at 0.25 penalties per second (15 penalties) and may be eliminated if no reasonable time slot is available.

Reason for Change: Starters at ADS events are volunteers who have no idea what has gone into the scheduling of the event. ADS events have multiple divisions with multiple speeds in each division and entries may be sharing personnel and equipment therefore scheduling for an event may be complex. It is important at the ADS levels that we stress the importance of being on time. No one wants to deny an entry the chance to compete, however the possibility may exist that they will not be able to if they fail to keep their assigned time. The current rule as stated is not a reality at ADS events.

RC#: 18-003
Rule/Article: CD 965.7.1
Change Type: Clarify
Proponent: Hardy Zantke
Status: 13Mar17 received; 15Mar17 posted and sent to committee

Current Wording: 965.7 Timing
7.1 The Athlete will be timed from when the nose of the leading horse passes between the entry flags until the nose of the leading horse passes between the exit flags. Other obstacle penalties will continue to apply until the whole turnout has passed the exit flags.
At ADS-recognized events other than Arena Trials, Obstacle elapsed time for Training division competitors shall not be provided. The five-minute time limit shall apply (See 7.3 below). Only total Section times will be recorded and penalty points posted, in keeping with the intended objective for the division.

New Wording: 7.1 The Athlete … exit flags.
At ADS-recognized events other than Arena Trials, Obstacle elapsed time for Training division competitors shall not be provided [add text] nor shall time penalties be applied for the elapsed times in the Obstacles. The five-minute time limit shall apply (See 7.3 below). Only total Section times will be recorded and penalty points posted, in keeping with the intended objective for the division.

Reason for Change: We all do know that Marathon Obstacle time penalties are not applied to Training Level competitors, but we actually do not say that anywhere. We only say that the times shall not be provided. So we need to add that they also are not scored.

 

 

RC#: 18-021
Rule/Article: CD 965.7.1
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: CD Committee
Status: 31May17 received and posted 1June17

Current Wording: …

At ADS-recognized events other than Arena Trials, Obstacle elapsed time for Training division competitors shall not be provided. The five-minute time limit shall apply (See 7.3 below). Only total Section times will be recorded and penalty points posted, in keeping with the intended objective for the division.

New Wording: 

Add: At CDE and DT events, the Organizer has the option to post Training division obstacle times and scores only if the Organizer has given pre-event notice of this intention by publishing it in the event Omnibus.

Reason for Change: Option to also score and post obstacle times for Training Division CDE and DT events if posted in the Omnibus listing

RC#: 18-007
Rule/Article: CD 975.2.7
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Penny Nicely
Status: 26Apr17 received; 27Apr17 posted and sent to committee

Current Wording: 975.2.7 Grooms must be seated in their proper places between the start and finish lines. They are not allowed to indicate the course or to speak unless they are dismounted. For penalties, see Article 981. In ADS-recognized competitions, the groom may advise the Athlete a whistle/bell has sounded.

New Wording: … In ADS-recognized competitions, the groom may advise the Athlete a whistle/bell has sounded. If carriage does not have a safe groom seat, judge may grant permission for groom(s) to stand with no penalty.

Reason for Change: There are times when grooms are used for safety reasons when the vehicle does not have a proper groom seat and there is not room for the groom to be seated alongside. Common sense dictates that these should be allowed without penalty in the interest of safety.

RC#: 18-023
Rule/Article: CD-C 8.2.c
Change Type: Clarify
Proponent: CD Committee
Status: 31May17 received and posted 1June17

Current Wording: 8.2 Width of gates:
c. the cones-type gates can be set at either:
(i) 175 cm for all classes except for four-in-hands which should be set at 200 cm, or
(ii) Set at Standardized Cones settings as per 973.1.8

New Wording: 8.2 Width of gates:
c. the cones-type gates can be set at either:
(i) 175 cm for all classes except for four-in-hands which may be set at 200 cm, or
(ii) Use Standardized Cones settings as per 973.1.8

Reason for Change: Increasing to 200cm is now an option for four-in-hands (any division); wording clarification.

RC#: 18-025
Rule/Article: Appendix CD-C, Article 4
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: received and posted 7Jun17

Current Wording: One licensed CD-judge. Derbies over 25 entries also require a licensed CD-TD or a second CD judge. Officials may not officiate and compete at the same event

New Wording: One licensed CD-judge or CD-TD for up to 24 entries.. Derbies over 25 entries require an additional licensed CD-TD or CD-judge. Officials may not officiate and compete at the same event.

Reason for Change: modification based on practical experience

 

RC#: 18-026
Rule/Article: Appendix CD-H
Change Type: Modify and New
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: received 7Jun17 and posted 10Jun17, corrected and reposted 11Jun17

Changed Wording and addition for Driving Derbys


RC#: 18-028 thru 18-033
Change Type: Clarify
Articles: See List below
Proponent: Rules Committee, Dressage Committee
Status: posted 10Jun17

See also HK 18-027 where “must” replaces the word “shall”

RC# 18-028: 520.3 At the salute, drivers should take the reins in one hand. A lady [delete shall; add] should raise the whip vertically or horizontally in front of her face; a gentleman [delete shall; add] should remove his hat and let his arm drop loosely along his body or may render the salute as does the lady. …

RC# 18-029: 520.12 A competitor who does not enter the arena within 90 seconds after the entry bell is rung for his test [delete shall; add] may be eliminated at the discretion of the Jury. No competitor can be required to drive prior to his scheduled time.

RC# 18-030: 520.15 Competitors [delete shall; add] should be allowed to drive the outer perimeter of the arena before entering if possible.

RC# 18-031: 522.9 Signs of tenseness or resistance on the part of the horse should be considered in the marks for each movement where they appear, as well as in the collective marks. Horses which get their tongues over the bit or perform with an open mouth [delete shall; add] should be marked down.

RC# 18-032: 522.10 The levels of dressage are offered as a means of evaluating a horse that is changing. The purpose of each test is printed thereon. The horse [delete shall; add] should be considered in the light of the degree of training it should have achieved to be shown at that level.

RC# 18-033: 527.2 No judge [delete shall; add] should be required to officiate longer than eight hours in one day. A scheduled 10-minute break must be provided for every two hours of judging.

Reason for Change: Clarify wording to match intent of rule. The term “shall” is obsolete and confusing. ADS GR2.9 defines “must” and “shall” to mean the same, however “shall” is often misinterpreted as “should,” which has a different meaning (GR2.10).

RC#: 18-010
Rule/Article: GR 2.7a
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Mike Rider
Status: 13May17 received; 15May17 posted

Current Wording: The “competition age” of an individual will be the age reached during the calendar year.

New Wording: The age of an individual on December 1st will be maintained throughout the entire competition year.
2. Persons born on December 1st will assume the greater age on that date.
3. If a competition is in progress on any November 30th, an individual’s age at the start of the competition will be maintained throughout the competition

Reason for Change:  To match USEF rules – for competitions approved by both organizations, it would prove difficult to use 2 standards for age of competitor.

RC#: 18-011
Rule/Article: PD – 201
Change Type: New
Proponent: Diane Kern
Status: 24May17 received; 26May17 posted and sent to committee

Current Wording: none

New Wording: A show with fewer than 25 competitors at the event may have obstacles judged by the TD or other competition knowledgeable person.

Reason for Change:  Requiring an additional judge for smaller entry shows make it expensive to put on events. Waiting on ring classes to finish before a single judge is available to judge cones has competitors waiting around harnessed for a long time.