RCP2014#09 – Small pony Marathon speeds

2014 RCP #
Small pony Marathon speeds
Date Received
Merridy Hance
Change Date
Next Rulebook
Closed for comments” 01Sep13
Recommended for Approval: 15Sep13
Initial Posting: 01Jun13

Current Wording – 941.1 Competition B: Marathon:The Course:Maximum Distances and speeds not to be exceeded

Speeds for small ponies at Intermediate/ADS Advanced:

Section A = 14; Section D = 5.5; Section E = 13

Suggested Wording – 941.1

Speeds for small ponies at Intermediate/ADS Advanced:

Section A = 13; Section D = 5.5; Section E = 12

Reason for change

To establish fair speeds for small ponies on marathon at Intermediate and ADS Advanced levels. Heretofore, the small ponies at these levels have had to use the speeds of large ponies. For their welfare and fairness in competition, this establishes speeds for the smaller ponies at these levels. These speeds are more consistent with the speeds already established for small ponies at Training and Preliminary levels.

13 Response(s)

  1. shadowbrook says :

    August 4, 2013

    I agree it is the fair and correct speed for their size. After all, they are much smaller.

  2. cmoss41 says :

    August 5, 2013

    Agreed. Small Pony speeds should be specified.

  3. hoofnit says :

    August 6, 2013

    I disagree. Once an athlete has reached Intermediate or Advanced, there is an expectation that the training and conditioning required for the level is invested in the equine. If we allow this continued micro-managing of equine size, we will be forced in a measurement standard to ensure fair play all the way around. Lazy owners, or those who choose not to invest in the time, conditioning and training of their equine partners should not be rewarded.

  4. SandraHoyt says :

    August 6, 2013

    Agree with this rule change. A quick glance at the previous speeds posted in the 2013 Rulebook for small ponies at Intermediate level shows that they were being asked for a 2 kph increase in Section A from Preliminary level (from 12 kph to 14 kph). NO OTHER class of equines were asked for that much of an increase, horses and large ponies only increased by 1 kph. That is what is unfair, and has nothing to do with lazy owners.

  5. keithy says :

    August 6, 2013

    I support this change.
    This makes the progression of the small pony speeds the as the progression of the horse and pony speeds.

  6. iamroberta says :

    August 7, 2013

    Agree, I support the change.

  7. cathyjo76 says :

    August 11, 2013


  8. Iris says :

    August 12, 2013

    I support this change.

  9. Price says :

    August 13, 2013

    I support this change.

  10. love2083 says :

    August 13, 2013

    Support the change.

  11. Zantke says :

    August 20, 2013

    I agree

  12. CaroleSweet says :

    August 26, 2013

    I agree.

  13. ohiohorses says :

    August 28, 2013

    I agree.

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