XRCP2015#111 – Rules for ‘Derby Driving’ (this copy for archives)

2015 RCS #
111 (was #51)
Creates rules for Derby Driving
Date Received
Jennifer Matheson
Change Date
As soon as possible in 2014
Open for comments – 1June14; Approved EC; CDC recommends amended version 14Oct14
Initial Posting: 1June14; Replaced with new RCP2015#111; Revised 14Oct14

Current Wording – New

Revisions 14Oct14 in red

Suggested Wording

Derby Driving
Chapter 1 – General
1. Definition
A Driving Derby competition consists of 2 one or more rounds over a course consisting of pairs of cones and marathon-type obstacles as described below.

2. Rounds
2.1 Each round is run as a time competition, where time determines placings and the lowest time wins. All penalties are added as seconds. A round is run as a timed competition with penalties converted to seconds. Total time determines placings and the lowest time wins.

2.2 The times for Round 1 and Round 2 plus penalty scores for multiple rounds are added to produce final scores and placings.

2.3 If there is a change in the course route/design between Rounds 1 and 2, a minimum of a 15-minute course walk is allowed. If the change in course between rounds is only a change in track width, an additional course walk is not required.

2.4 Ties will be broken by the fewest penalty points or a drive-off at management discretion.

2.5 An equine may compete no more than three rounds in a single day.

3. Starting Order

3.1 The starting order of the first round is determined by the Organizing Committee (OC) or by random selection.

3.2 If using multiple rounds, the starting order of the second round is held in reverse order of the placings of Round 1 the previous round(s). The order could also be determined by the Organizing Committee or by random selection.

4. Officials
One Combined Driving Judge (“r” or higher) or an experienced FEI-level driver (has competed in at least 5 FEI-level driving competitions). The Judge may not be a competitor. Officials are per Arena Trials in Appendix CD-H. Officials may not officiate and compete at the same event.

5. Eligibility
5.1 Competition is open to equines and drivers of all levels (Training, Preliminary,  Intermediate, Advanced).

5.2 Classes will consist of VSE, Small Pony, Large Pony, & Horse turned out as singles, pairs, tandems, unicorns and four-in-hands. Other combinations may be considered as determined by the OC.

6. Turnout
Additional restrictions or variations may be made at the discretion of the OC.
6.1 Carriage: Marathon-type carriage with iron or solid-rubber tires is encouraged. There are no required weights or track widths.
6.2 Harness: Bridle must have noseband. No type of check or auxilliary reins are allowed. Breeching is required for all single turnouts and for any vehicle without brakes.
6.3 Safety: All Athletes and groom(s) must wear securely fastened protective headgear which meets ASTM/SEI standards for equestrian use. Grooms are especially encouraged to also wear safety vests. Safety (protective) vests are strongly recommended.
6.4 Groom(s):
a. Singles, pairs and tandems: One groom required at all times except single VSE and single Small Pony
b. Unicorns and four-in-hands: Two grooms at all times except VSE which is only required one groom.
6.5 Whips:

a. Whips must be of suitable length to reach the shoulder of the farthest horse and be carried at all time by driver while carriage is in motion.

b. If the whip is dropped, the driver or groom can retrieve a spare whip or the carriage must be stopped so a groom may dismount and retrieve the whip. In the case of drivers without a groom, the whip can be restored to the driver by an outside party. The penalty is time lost.

c. Excessive use of the whip anywhere anytime will result in elimination disqualification.

Chapter 2 – The Competition
7. Course
7.1 The course consists of :
a. common start/finish gates markers
b. a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 marathon-type obstacles with up to 5 compulsory gates each
c. 8-12 6-16 cones-type compulsory gates. There must be a minimum of two cones-type compulsory gates between each marathon obstacle and between the start/finish gates and an marathon obstacle.

d. Each obstacle is numbered numerically, with gates in marathon obstacles noted by a letter (e.g. 3A, 3B, 3C).

e. The size of the driving arena will be determined by the OC

f. The number of knockdowns on marathon-type obstacles is unlimited and at the discretion of an official.

7.2 The course should be open for inspection sufficiently long to enable each participant adequate time for examination. prior to competition. The exact time will be determined by the OC, but should be a minimum of 30 minutes.
7.3 When the course is ready, the official will signal the Athlete. Starting before the signal will result in elimination.

7.4 Timing will start as the nose of the horse crosses the start gate and will stop when the nose crosses the finish gate. Failing to pass through start or finish gates will result in elimination.

8. Compulsory Gates
8.1 Gates are marked with red and white flags and numbers/letters and are to be driven in the right direction and sequence. There are no entrance or exit gates for marathon-type obstacles. In a marathon-type obstacle, each lettered gate becomes individually open once it has been driven.
8.2 Width of gates:
a. the common start/finish gate should be a minimum of 3 meters
b. the marathon-type gates should be a minimum of 4 3 meters
c. the cones-type gates can be set at either:

1. 175cm for all classes except for four-in-hands which should be set at 200cm, or

2. standardized cones settings as per Article 973.1.8

d. If multiple rounds decrease the widths for each round, the organizer must state width reduction of each round in the Omnibus listing.

8.3 Once driven, a gate is considered open. 8.4 On numbered cones gates, the obstacle can only be driven once, in the proper direction, in numerical order, and numbered cones gates remain “live.” Passing through a compulsory lettered gate in a marthon-type obstacle out of order or in the wrong direction is elimination unless corrected. In order to correct, the Athlete must return to and drive through the compulsory lettered gate he missed before continuing in the correct sequence. Corrected course incurs 20-second penalty.

9. Specifications
9.1 Dislodging an element of the course will incur penalties, even if open.
9.2 All balls or other dislodgeable elements which are knocked down remain on the ground until the Athlete has finished the course, unless the Official has rung the bell and the obstacle has to be rebuilt.
9.3 Cones-type obstacles
a. Dislodging one ball of a single cones-type obstacle incurs a 5-second penalty. An additional 5-second penalty is given if the second ball is dislodged later by whatever means.
b. If any part of an obstacle in advance of the one being driven is significantly dislodged* or knocked down, the official will ring the bell and stop the clock for the obstacle to be rebuilt. The clock will restart when the athlete is approximately 10 meters from the rebuilt obstacle.
9.4 Marathon-type obstacles
a. For each knocked-down element a 5-second penalty will apply.
b. If any part of a marathon-type obstacle is significantly dislodged* while the Athlete is in the obstacle, and the Athlete cannot continue his course, the official rings the bell immediately and stops the clock. After the obstacle is rebuilt the official will ring the bell to signal the start. The Athlete must drive the obstacle starting at Gate A. The clock will start when the Athlete passes Gate A. For each knocked down element a 5-second penalty will apply, and for rebuilding, each time, an additional 5-second penalty is added.
9.5 *Significantly dislodging
a. Means that an element of an obstacle is moved or knocked over in a way that the Athlete has no possibility to continue his course through the lettered gates, or the obligatory gate is clearly changed in position and original width. The official will ring the bell and stop the clock for the obstacle to be rebuilt. If not significantly dislodged, the official does not ring the bell and the Athlete has to continue the course.
b. Each time an element must be rebuilt, an additional 5-second penalty is added.
9.6 Disobedience: A disobedience is shall be defined as:
• when an Athlete attempts to pass through an obstacle and the horse(s) shy away from the obstacle at the last minute without hitting any part of the obstacle, or
• when an Athlete has lost effective control of the horse(s) in the opinion of the official.
Penalties for disobediences: First or second disobedience no penalties. Third disobedience is elimination.
9.7 Dismounting
a. Intentional dismounting for safety reasons must occur while the carriage is at a halt. If the carriage does not stop the penalty is elimination.

Groom(s) or driver Athlete intentionally dismounting, first or second time results in a 10-second penalty each occurrence lost time. Clock does not stop.

Groom(s) or driver dismounting intentionally for the third time is elimination.

Failure to dismount and repair broken harness will result in elimination.

b. Unintentional dismounting is any loss of Athlete or groom from the carriage while it is in motion.

Groom unintentional dismount: The carriage must be stopped and the groom must remount the carriage prior to going through the next numbered gate or finish. There is no penalty except time lost. If the carriage does not stop, the penalty is elimination.

Driver unintentional dismount: Elimination.

All grooms must be on the carriage when the carriage passes the finish. Failure will result in elimination.

9.8 If groom(s) use the reins, whip or brake, except when vehicle is stationary, a 20-second penalty is incurred.
9.9 Carriage overturn. If the carriage overturns, the penalty is elimination.

9.10 Athletes competing at the training level may not canter anywhere on the course. Cantering for more than 5 seconds at the training level will result in elimination.

10. Penalties
Description Ref. Penalty
Excessive use of the whip 6.5 Disqualification

Starting before the signal 7.3 Elimination
Failing to pass through start or finish gates 7.4 Elimination

Numbered cones obstacle drive backwards, out of order, or more than once 8.3 Elimination
Corrected course, lettered gates 8.3 20 sec.
Wrong course, not corrected Elimination
A dislodgeable element is knocked down by any means 9.3 , 9.4 5 sec.
Causing an obstacle to be rebuilt (clock stops) 9.5 5 sec.

First or second disobedience 9.6 no penalties, time lost

Third disobedience 9.6 Elimination
Groom not on carriage when passing finish line 9.7 Elimination
Groom(s) or driver Athlete intentionally dismounting, first or second time  9.7 no penalties, time lost

Groom(s) or driver Athlete intentionally dismounting for the third time, or carriage not stopped for dismount  9.7 elimination

Failure to dismount to repair broken harness 9.7 Elimination

Groom(s) unintentionally dismounting and remounting before next numbered gate  9.7 no penalties, time lost

Groom(s) unintentionally dismounting and remounting after next numbered gate or finish, or carriage does not halt for remount  9.7 Elimination 

Driver unintentionally dismounting 9.7 Elimination

Groom uses the reins, whip or the brake 9.8 20 sec.
Carriage turnover 9.9 Elimination

Cantering in Training level for more than 5 seconds 9.10 Elimination