RCS2015#23 – Applying colors to kilometer markers

2015 RCS #
23
Summary
Applying colors to kilometer markers
Date Received
24Mar14
Proponent
Terry Merritt
Change Date
2015
Status
Open for comments – 07May14
Activity
Initial Posting: 07May14

Current Wording – Article CD960.4.3

Sections A and B must have a marker at every kilometer.  In section B the measurement of the kilometers must include the distance through the obstacles.

Suggested Wording

Sections A and B must have a marker at every kilometer. In section B the measurement of the kilometers must include the distance through the obstacles.

At ADS-recognized events, kilometers markers shall be distinguished by the following colors. Distinctive shapes are also highly recommended. Numbers may be black or white to provide maximum contrast:

                  Training division- diamond- white or black background

                  Preliminary division- square- green background

                  Intermediate & ADS Advanced division-circle-red background

                  USEF/FEI- triangle-blue background

Should k markers need to be placed at different locations on course for certain equine types, such as for VSEs versus horses and ponies, the k markers must be clearly signed to indicate what equine type(s) they apply to such as “VSE” for a k marker that applies to VSEs only, or “HRS PNY” for a k marker that applies to horses and ponies only.

Reason for change

The colored and shaped markers have always been applied to K markers and not compulsory turning flags and so belong in this article. Since intermediate and ADS advanced share the same course, they can share the same color & shape. WE do not need a separate shape and color for VSEs as an equine type. This can be handled with signage if necessary because of a shortened VSE course. This is common practice already as the divisions quite often must have partially separate courses to meet the requirements for distance and number of obstacles.

2 Response(s)

  1. Zantke says :

    May 16, 2014

    I agree
    hardy

  2. marc says :

    September 23, 2014

    It is already done. Adding that this to the article is fine. VSE markers are important, so don’t discount that too quickly. VSE’s have different levels too, not just a shorter course, in some cases. The shapes and colors are already established. Use them.

    FYI: The shapes and colors for turn flags have been ignored for nine years by most course builders. They are used effectively by those that know how to use them. Only using red and white turn flags becomes confusing when lower levels have a shorter course.

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