- 2014 RCS #
- Break in Gaits – Cantering in ring classes
- Date Received
- Eve Dexter
- Change Date
- Next Rulebook
- Closed for comments – 01Sep13
- Initial Posting: 01Jun13
- PDC- not recommended: 31July13
Current Wording – Article 28A – Break in Gaits
- In a multiple turnout all horses must break for a penalty to be assessed.
Suggested Wording – Article 28A – Break in Gaits
- In ring classes, in a multiple turnout all horses must break for a penalty to be assessed.
- In obstacle classes, in a multiple turnout one or more horses must break to canter or gallop for a penalty to be assessed. A break will consist of 3 or more full strides with advantage gained or 6 or more short strides, no advantage gained.
Reason for change
Too often, at Pleasure Shows, I have seen cones classes where one of a pair or multiple canters the entire course. I do not believe that this is the intention of the gait to be used in this class nor do I think it shows good reinsmanship to have one or more horses in the turnout in such poor control. I also have concerns as the designer set up the course for trot speed not canter and sometimes I worry about safety as well.