RCS CD 945.2 Outside Assistance 18-005

Not recommended by CDC (posted 25July17).

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.

2 Response(s)

  1. Zantke says :

    March 20, 2017

    Thinking this through more, I’d like to add a few more words as follows – so that we have the grooms exceptions in as well.

    New Wording: 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, as well as officials fulfilling their duties during the competition & grooms to tell the athlete when the judge rang the bell & once the carriage is stationary and they are dismounted. 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.

  2. Zantke says :

    August 20, 2017

    Very sorry and disappointed to see this sent into the rubbish file – so we’ll continue to live with the contradiction in the wording of the rule – and confusing people reading and going by the rule 🙁

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