RCS CP 6.1 [NR] Course designer must show HC 16-014

RCS # 16-014
Article – Non-Licensed Competition Personel CP 6.1
Summary – Course designer may only show HC with permission
Proponent – Nubby Errickson
Date Posted – 09Jun15
Change Date – 2016
Status –  Open for comments. Not recommended by the CDC

Current Wording –  The course designer is responsible for the design and construction of obstacle, cross country, and marathon courses.

Suggested Wording – The course designer is responsible for the design and construction of obstacle, cross country, and marathon courses. The course designer may, with the permission of the jury, only compete Hors Concours.

Reason for change – This is both an ethical issue and conflict of interest issue. It is being done in our area (PNW), year after year. The Course Designer is allowed to compete for placement in the Divisions. They are paid to do the course design by an Organizer and then paid by owners to compete their horses who are in training with the Official Course Designer.

4 Response(s)

  1. Melinda Ryan says :

    June 11, 2015

    A course designer designing the marathon and cones courses, then competing on both, presents an ethical dilemma, and an obvious conflict of interest. The course designer is paid by the organizer, then is paid by clients to compete their horses for placement within the divisions. When the organizer is asked about this problem, the explanation is “There is no rule against it” This has been an ongoing problem in the Pacific Northwest, I suggest a course designer be allowed to only compete Hors Concours.

  2. daves says :

    June 24, 2015

    Good point and a no-brainer but remove the wording “with the permission of the jury”. Hors Concours can/should be used by anyone for any reason. CD SHOULD go HC but should not need permission to do so.

  3. daves says :

    July 23, 2015

    Course Designers fall into the same category as officials and organizers. You don’t show at your own event. If “there is no rule against it” then there needs to be one and this is the perfect way to remedy that situation. Besides, isn’t the CD also responsible for maintaining the course during the event? How does one even find time to compete? Approval of this one is the right thing to do.

  4. Zantke says :

    August 6, 2015

    The organizer who tells you there is no rule against this is wrong. There certain is: See Article 989.4 as well as 984.2. Clearly the course designer has a conflict of interest and thus is not allowed to compete. No additional rule clarification is needed.

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