2017 List by Rule Number

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

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

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: 2.1 Less formal dress is acceptable in Marathon for the Athlete and Grooms. Clothing that covers legs to the feet is required. Infringement will incur 10 penalties per person.

Reason for Change: Shorts are not permitted for safety reasons with the intent of providing leg coverage, given that no aprons are worn on marathon. However, competitors are showing up with legs uncovered because they are wearing “capris” or “culottes” or “yoga pants” or or “cutoff garments” or “compression wear” clothing items that are not technically called “shorts.” Clarification is needed.

 

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#: 18-008
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#: 18-007
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#: 18-010
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#: 18-006
Rule/Article: PD 207.3.b
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Jeffrey Morse
Status: 13Mar17 received; 26Apr17 posted and sent to committee

Current Wording: Bridles should fit snugly to prevent catching on the vehicle or other pieces of harness. A throatlatch and a full noseband are mandatory. A full noseband is defined as a noseband fully encircling the nose. Flash nosebands are strongly discouraged in pleasure driving classes. The use of gullet straps is acceptable.

New Wording: Bridles should fit snugly to prevent catching on the vehicle or other pieces of harness. A throatlatch and a full noseband are mandatory. A full noseband is defined as a noseband fully encircling the nose. Flash nosebands and straps of any kind other than curb straps or chains, reins, bridle cheek pieces connected to the bit, are strongly discouraged in pleasure driving classes. The use of gullet straps is acceptable.

Reason for Change: To discourage the introduction and use of non-traditional bitting arrangements, many of which circumvent correct training practices in the sport of Pleasure Driving.

RC#: 18-001
Rule/Article: PD 255.1
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Lonnie Leavitt
Status: 7Feb17 received; 9Feb17 posted  and sent to committee with Note below

Current Wording: Article 255 Spares
255.1 Spares must be carried on each vehicle during a pleasure drive. They are as follows:
Wheel wrench to fit axle nuts
Knife
Cooler or quartersheet for each horse
Leather punch
Length of rawhide, string or wire
Screwdriver
Rein splice or spare rein
Pliers
Trace splice or spare trace
Small hammer
Hame strap (if appropriate)
Hoof pick
Halter and lead shank per horse

New Wording: delete Cooler or quartersheet for each horse

Reason for Change: Conflicting rules. Foolish for most summer climates and no room at all for placement on smaller vehicles. Is a single horse or pony competitor in intense summer heat supposed to carry the quarter sheet across their lap?

Note: Pleasure Committee please also review conflicting or missing spares information in Appx PD-C, Section B which describes proper turnout for various carriage types.

There is conflicting mention of proper appointments for different classes of vehicles in the Appendix PD-C, Section B, pages 48-50. The heavier vehicles mention carrying quarter sheets. By Section 5 “Four-Wheeled Dogcarts, Trap, Outing Wagon” there is no mention of any spares kit at all. In Section 6,”Stanhope or Park Gate Gig” the Rule is that “a small kit of tools and a wheel wrench should be carried” with no mention of a quarter sheet. There is no mention of a spares kit at all, much less a quarter sheet, on 7. “Village Cart, Two-Wheeled Dog Cart” or in Section 8. “Road or Jogging Cart.”