2017 List by Rule Number

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

RC#: 18-038
Rule/Article: CD 928.3.1
Change Type: Modify, New
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: Submitted and recommended by CDC (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving change and final wording.

FEI Revised Wording:

928.3.1. [delete: At all times][add: For Marathon and Cones,] For Marathon and Cones, whilst on a carriage, Athletes and Grooms under the age of 18 must wear a body/[add:back] back protector and a securely fastened Protective Headgear. Infringement will result in Elimination.

With new ADS Wording:

[Add:] At ADS-recognized events, securely fastened headgear must be worn at all times when riding or aboard a carriage at the event location.

Reason for Change: Clarify existing requirement for juniors to wear protective headgear is continued at ADS-recognized events.

RC#: 18-039
Rule/Article: CD
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: Submitted and recommended by CDC (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving change and final wording.

FEI Revised Wording:

928.4.2 An Athlete must start the competition with a whip in hand or incur [delete: 10, add: 5]  5 penalty points.

 

RC#: 18-058
Rule/Article: CD 945.2.1.2
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI change proposals (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

Article 945 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.

945.2.1.2 In Dressage and Cones, Grooms must remain seated in their proper positions between entering and leaving the Arena. They are not permitted to handle the reins or the whip (will incur 20 penalties). [delete: nor, add: For Dressage,] For Dressage, speak or indicate the course to the Athlete [add: is not permitted] is not permitted (will incur 10 penalties). However the Groom may handle the reins, whip and brake without penalty provided the carriage remains stationary.

Reason for Change: clarification of groom assistance in dressage

RC#: 18-059
Rule/Article: CD 955.5.2
Change Type: New
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI change proposals (posted 30July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

955.5.2 Para-Equestrian Athletes in able-bodied competitions

Athletes may salute with a nod of their head only. Hats must not be removed at the salute, and contact must be maintained on the reins during the whole Dressage Test.

Reason for Change: new rule clarifying salute procedure for Para-Equestrian Athletes in able-bodied competitions.

RC#: 18-040
Rule/Article: CD 960.1.3
Change Type: New
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: Submitted and recommended by CDC (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving change and final wording.

See also 960.2.7 18-042

Current Wording:

960.1.3  At ADS-recognized events, the provisions this paragraph do not apply. …..

At ADS-recognized events, the Sections are A, Walk, and B

New Wording:

At ADS-recognized events, the Sections are A, Walk, [delete: and B, add: B and Last Transfer] B and Last Transfer. [Add sentence] Alternately, Section B may include the Last Transfer section where the finish of the Last Transfer becomes the end of Section B.

Reason for Change: An option is available to the organizer to combine Section B and the Last Transfer into one section similar to current format.

Note: The FEI modifications for this paragraph include this new definition of the Last Transfer: “In all marathon competitions a Last Transfer section between the finish line of the last obstacle which is automatic the finish line of the B-phase and the start of the Last Transfer (approx. 150-250m) must be established.”

 

 

 

RC#: 18-041
Rule/Article: CD 960.1.7
Change Type: New
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI change proposals (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving change and final wording.

New rule from FEI:

960.1.7. As an alternative option to the Phase A there can be used a controlled Warm-up (min 30 minutes before starting time) in a designated warm-up arena with minimum 7000 square metres, properly stewarded, with a judge and veterinarian in attendance. A marathon-type obstacle for preparation purposes should be provided. Horse inspection and bit/harness control 10 minutes before the start in Section B is compulsory.

Reason for Change: An option to replace Section A, Transfer (Walk) and Rest stop with a controlled warm up and horse inspection and bit/harness check is available to the organizer.

RC#: 18-042
Rule/Article: CD 960.2.7
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: Submitted and recommended by CDC (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

See also 960.1.3 18-040

Revised wording:

960.2.7 At ADS-recognized events:

a. Training Marathon competitions other than Driving Trials, Sections A, Walk, [delete: and B, add: B and Last Transfer (may be part of Section B)] B and Last Transfer (may be part of Section 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 and Last Transfer (may be part of Section B)

b. Preliminary Marathon competitions other than Driving Trials, Sections A, Walk, [delete: and B, add: B and Last Transfer (may be part of Section B)] B and Last Transfer (may be part of Section 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 Marathon competitions other than Driving Trials, Sections A, Walk, [delete: and B, add: B and Last Transfer (may be part of Section B)] B and Last Transfer (may be part of Section 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.

[NEW:] d. The Controlled Warmup option may be used in place of Sections A and Walk in the above events at the Organizer’s option provided the specifications are published in the Omnibus. With this option the minimum total distance may be reduced to one kilometre per obstacle used in Section B.

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

Reason for Change: Update competition criteria and specify conditions for use of Controlled Warmup option. The CDC recommends the Driving Trial format (Appendix CD-A) rather than a CDE with the Controlled Warmup option.

RC#: 18-043
Rule/Article: CD 960.2.8
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: Submitted and recommended by CDC (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

Reason for Change: Add specifications for Last Transfer section; notes for modifying minimum distances when Controlled Warmup option is used; correct Training minimum distance to current Article 960.2.7(a).

 

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RC#: 18-044
Rule/Article: CD 960.2.9
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: Submitted and recommended by CDC (posted 30July17).Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

Reason for Change: Add specifications for Last Transfer section.

 

Reason for Change: Time allowed in the Last Transfer section will be determined by the TD in conjunction with the POJ.

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RC#: 18-045
Rule/Article: CD 960.3.1
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI change proposals (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

Revised Wording:

960.3.1. There must be a compulsory rest of not less than 10 minutes in the designated rest area prior to the start of Section B. [Add sentence:] Not compulsory in a “controlled warm up” but horse/bit/harness check as Article 960.1.7

Reason for Change: modify when optional Controlled Warmup is used.

RC#: 18-046
Rule/Article: CD 960.6
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI change proposals (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

Revised Wording:

960.6 Paces

Delete 6.1 & 6.2:

6.1 The finish of Section B must not be more than 300 m from the exit of the last Obstacle unless the Technical Delegate grants an exception. If the last obstacle is situated within 300 m of the finish, Athletes may stop within 30m of the out gate of the obstacle to repair a broken or detached harness without penalty. A 30m marker will be placed on the track to indicate this point if the last obstacle is within 300 m of the finish.

6.2 Between last obstacle (or 300m) and finish, pace must be trot or walk only. The Athlete will accumulate one penalty point for each five seconds the turnout is not at the walk or trot.

Keep:

6.1 Walk Section. At ADS-recognized events, gates, sharp turns, water and steep hills should not be included in the walk section.

Reason for Change: Paragraphs 1 and 2 become redundant with implementation of Last Transfer section.

RC#: 18-047
Rule/Article: CD 961.3.2
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI change proposals (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

Revised Wording:

961.3.2 The Entry and Exit of each Obstacle must be marked by Red and White Flags (red on the right and white on the left), not less than 20 m from the nearest lettered gate, unless the Technical Delegate grants an exception. After the finish line of each obstacle [add: (last obstacle excluded)] (last obstacle excluded) a 30 m sign must be established. [Add sentence:] A dismounted groom in an obstacle must be back on the carriage before the rear axle passes the sign.

At ADS-recognized events, the entry and exit of each obstacle for VSE classes may not be less than 15m from the nearest compulsory gate unless the Technical Delegate grants an exception.

 

Reason for Change: clarify use of 30m sign exiting obstacles (last obstacle excluded).

RC#: 18-048
Rule/Article: CD 963.2.3
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI change proposals (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

Revised Wording:

963.2.3 The Minimum Time for Section B is [delete: three, add: two] two minutes less than the Time Allowed.

Reason for change: change the time allowed window in Section B from 3 minutes to 2 minutes.

RC#: 18-049
Rule/Article: CD 963.5.1
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI change proposals (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

Revised Wording:

963.5.1 In all Sections, Athletes will be penalised [delete:0.25, add: 0.3] 0.3 of a penalty per second for exceeding the Time Allowed.

Reason for Change: modify the penalties for under and over the time allowed on Section B.

RC#: 18-050
Rule/Article: CD 963.5.2
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI change proposals (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

Revised Wording:

963.5.2 Athletes completing [delete: Section A and B, add: all sections] all sections in less than the minimum time will be penalised [delete: 0.25, add: 0.3] 0.3 of a penalty point for each second they are early.

Reason for Change: modify the penalties for under and over the time allowed on Section B.

RC#: 18-051
Rule/Article: CD 964.3, 964.4 and 964.6
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI change proposals (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

Delete 964.3 Deviation from the Course

Delete 964.4 Incorrect Pace

Add New:

964.6. Incorrect pace [numbering revised pending approval of deleting 964.3, .4]
At ADS-recognized events, should one or more Horses break from the required pace and it is not corrected within five seconds the Athlete will incur 1 penalty for every occurrence. If the break continues, the Athlete will incur 1 penalty for every additional completed period of five seconds. These penalties apply to:
• Walk Section – any pace other than walk (Training, Preliminary, Intermediate);
• Section B (inside obstacles) – cantering (Training); and
• Section B (outside obstacles) – cantering (Training, Preliminary).
• Last Transfer section – Training and Preliminary for paces other than walk or trot.
At ADS-recognized events, intentionally cantering or trotting all the horses in the Walk Section will be penalized by elimination.

Reason for Change: With proposed deletion of Article 964.4 based on adopting the new Last Transfer section, the existing ADS exception is modified to specify the penalties from the deleted text; Article renumbered to 964.6.

RC#: 18-052
Rule/Article: CD 964.5
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI change proposals (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

Revised Wording: Outside the obstacles in Section B, Grooms and Athletes are not allowed to dismount unless the carriage is stationary. If the vehicle is not stationary, either or both groom(s) dismounting will incur 5 penalties. The Athlete dismounting will incur 20 penalties. [Add sentence:] In the Last Transfer, Grooms and Athletes are not allowed to dismount (stationary or not) before reaching the Control point at the end of the Transfer (Vet, Stewards, Judge). Grooms dismounting incurs 5 penalties, Athlete dismounting incurs 20 penalties.

Reason for Change: clarify dismounting in the Last Transfer section.

RC#: 18-053
Rule/Article: CD 964.6.3
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI change proposals (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

DELETE 964.6.3 If an obstacle is situated within 300m of the finish line, an Athlete is allowed to stop to carry out necessary repairs to the harness or carriage (missing or disconnected trace, pole strap or reins) without penalty as long as he stops within the signed 30 metres after leaving the last Obstacle, as per Article C964.7.1. Stopping for any other reason between the last Obstacle or the 300 metre sign, whichever is closer to the Finish Line in Section B, will incur 10 penalties for each occurrence.

Reason for Change: delete redundant course penalties after last obstacle.

RC#: 18-057
Rule/Article: CD 964.7
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI change proposals (posted 30July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

7.1 At the Finish of [delete: Section B, add: Last Transfer] Last Transfer any missing or disconnected trace, pole strap or reins will incur 10 penalties for each occurrence.

7.2 At the Finish of [delete: Section B, add: Last Transfer] Last Transfer a broken or disconnected pole or shaft or bit will incur Elimination.

7.3 Carriages must pass the Finish of [delete: Section B, add: Last Transfer] Last Transfer drawn by the number of Horses required for the designated class and on the designated number of wheels. Failure to comply will incur Elimination. Broken or missing tires are acceptable.

 

RC#: 18-06o
Rule/Article: CD 965.3.2
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI change proposals (posted 30July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

Article 965 Obstacle Penalties

965.3.2 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 must get back on the carriage immediately (between the finish line of each obstacle and the 30 meter sign) outside of the obstacle [add: (last obstacle excluded)] (last obstacle excluded). Failure to do so will incur five penalties per incident.

Reason for Change: clarify 30m sign not required following last obstacle.

 

RC#: 18-054
Rule/Article: CD 966.1.2
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI change proposals (posted 29July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

Revised wording: 

966.1.2 One member of the Ground Jury must be at the end of [delete: Section B, add: Last Transfer section] Last Transfer section to supervise the inspection of carriages, harness and Marathon Time Cards. and when applicable to supervise the weighing of the carriages. An Athlete whose carriage is below the prescribed weight will be eliminated. (See Article 969.)

At ADS-recognized events, there are no minimum weights or widths. (See Article 937.)

Reason for Change: clarify judge required at end of Last Transfer, not a end Section B.

RC#: 18-055
Rule/Article: CD FEI Annex 8
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: CDC-recommended FEI proposed change (posted 30July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

Revised wording: 

FEI Annex 8. Oxer in Cones course

973.1.6 An oxer will be composed of 2 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 metres, at the option of the Course Designer. The oxer counts as a single obstacle and the maximum penalty points for knocking down up to 4 balls is 3 penalty points in total. The first set of cones will have the number of the obstacle and be marked with red and white flags and the second set of cones will be marked with red and white flags. This obstacle will be judge as a single obstacle. [Add sentence:] The oxer may be crossed. A maximum of five oxers are allowed in a Cones course. [Add sentence:] The width of the cones has to be measured from the balls.

CDC Notes: “width” is the spread distance between the sets of cones, not the clearance

Reason for Change: clarify oxer layout and measurement

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#: 18-036
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#: 18-056
Rule/Article: CD 969.1
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Combined Driving Committee
Status: (posted 30July17). Subject to FEI approving changes and final wording.

Update penalty chart to show rule changes. To be done after final rules are passed.

 

RC#: 18-014
Rule/Article: CD 912
Change Type: Clarify
Proponent: CD Committee
Status: 31May17 received and posted.Recommended by CDC (posted 25July17).

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. Recommended by CDC 25July17.

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.