RCS2014#43 – Experience requirements for entry into competition

2014 RCS #
Experience requirements for entry into competition
Date Received
Holly Pulsifer
Change Date
Next Rulebook
Closed for comments – 01Sep13
Initial Posting: 01Jun13
CDC – Not Recommended: 17Jul13

Current Wording – Appendix E – Entries

Intermediate: Has completed at least three preliminary division CDE’s

ADS-Advanced … has completed at least four Preliminary or Intermediate division recognized CDE’s


at the very least be consistent. Intermediate should be recognized CDE’s. However, with so few events, I think HDT’s could also count as experience for both Intermediate and ADS-Advanced

Reason for change

  1. Consistency of wording
  2. Practical considerations to encourage participation in all levels

7 Response(s)

  1. rules says :

    July 23, 2013

    CDC Reason for ‘Not Recommended’:
    While the idea is sound, we suggest further development of standards of excellence, particularly in course design, in Driving Trials before incorporating this suggestion.

  2. keithy says :

    August 6, 2013

    I concur with the CDC “Not Recommend” reason. That being said, the development of an ADS program to train and license ADS course designers is an idea that requires implementation.

  3. dannabe33 says :

    August 13, 2013

    I don’t live in an area with very many CDE’s. I think HDT’s should count. Someone might want to move up, but can’t in a timely manner because there aren’t enough events in the area. It doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of the higher levels. We have 2 events a year. If the scores at the lower levels are justified, they should be able to move up.

  4. Zantke says :

    August 20, 2013

    I agree with the RCS. It is not such a big deal to move up to Intermediate – where we now don’t have any course design requirements either, so it doesn’t matter if we say full events or HDT’s, nor to ADS Advanced, since ADS Advanced used Intermediate Marathon course standards, so only adds an advance dressage test and advance cones. Accordingly HDT can count towards that just as well. So I support the RCS and beg the CDC to reconsider their opinion.

  5. daves says :

    August 24, 2013

    I also agree with the proposal. If the CDC holds off on this until the advent of Course Designing, we may be in for a long wait. With so many HDTs, newly created or revised down from CDEs, to say HDTs don’t really count is an insult.

  6. CaroleSweet says :

    August 27, 2013

    I agree with this.

  7. RhinehartM says :

    August 30, 2013

    So help me understand, by removing Section A from a CDE to create an HDT, that somehow CDEs are more difficult to drive? What kind of course designing for Section A is really going to make the difference? It’s basically a cross-country event. The obstacles in Section E, which consequently occur in both CDEs and HDTs, probably contribute more to the education of the driver and horse than Section A. The dressage and cones are the same.

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