BOD approved rule change 15 Nov17
RC#: 18-028 thru 18-033
Change Type: Clarify
Articles: See List below
Proponent: Rules Committee, Dressage Committee
Status: posted 10Jun17. Recommended by the Dressage Committee (posted 28July17). 19Oct17 Final recommendation for BOD (no changes)
See also HK 18-027 where “must” replaces the word “shall”
RC# 18-028: 520.3 At the salute, drivers should take the reins in one hand. A lady [delete shall; add] should raise the whip vertically or horizontally in front of her face; a gentleman [delete shall; add] should remove his hat and let his arm drop loosely along his body or may render the salute as does the lady. …
RC# 18-029: 520.12 A competitor who does not enter the arena within 90 seconds after the entry bell is rung for his test [delete shall; add] may be eliminated at the discretion of the Jury. No competitor can be required to drive prior to his scheduled time.
RC# 18-030: 520.15 Competitors [delete shall; add] should be allowed to drive the outer perimeter of the arena before entering if possible.
RC# 18-031: 522.9 Signs of tenseness or resistance on the part of the horse should be considered in the marks for each movement where they appear, as well as in the collective marks. Horses which get their tongues over the bit or perform with an open mouth [delete shall; add] should be marked down.
RC# 18-032: 522.10 The levels of dressage are offered as a means of evaluating a horse that is changing. The purpose of each test is printed thereon. The horse [delete shall; add] should be considered in the light of the degree of training it should have achieved to be shown at that level.
RC# 18-033: 527.2 No judge [delete shall; add] should be required to officiate longer than eight hours in one day. A scheduled 10-minute break must be provided for every two hours of judging.
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 The term “shall” is obsolete and confusing.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).