RCP CD 975.2.7 Grooms seated 18-007

RC#: 18-007
Rule/Article: CD 975.2.7
Change Type: Modify
Proponent: Penny Nicely
Status: 26Apr17 received; 27Apr17 posted and sent to committee. Recommended by CDC (posted 25July17).

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.

2 Response(s)

  1. AndyMarcoux says :

    August 29, 2017

    This is a good rule change proposal. Many marathon carriages do not have reasonable and safe seating for a groom. Also, most marathon carriages are balanced in such a way that requires a groom to be centered, or leaning through a turn. Sitting on a fender (which is not a seat) on the outside of a turn can cause a significant risk of a turnover with certain popular marathon carriages.

  2. ematulich says :

    August 29, 2017

    I agree that I hate to see a groom seated on the fender of a marathon carriage, which is dangerously unbalanced. However, when grooms are standing, they should not be leaning from side to side to help the carriage around turns…that could be viewed as other forms of assistance and incur elimination.

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