RCP2015#97 – Add Glossary to CD section

2015 RCS #
Add Glossary to CD section
Date Received
Combined Driving Committee
Change Date
Open for comments – 9Sep14; Recommended for Approval: 07Sept14
Initial Posting: 5Sep14; BOD APPROVED 23Oct14

Suggested Wording 


The following definitions are specific to Combined Driving. See Article 2, Definition of Terms for additional terms.

Class: a sub-grouping of entries in a division. Classes may be further divided by turnout. Example: Training pony single; Preliminary horse pair, etc.

Competition – a component of a Driving Event: Driven Dressage, Marathon, Cones.

Compulsory Turning Flag (CTF) – a pair of markers used to define the required track of the Marathon course. Each CTF must be numbered consecutively within the section and placed so they are clearly visible to be passed with the red marker on the right and white on the left. Numbering shall be affixed to the right hand marker using the shapes and colours defined for each division (Article 960.5)

Dismounting: The deliberate departure of an Athlete or Groom from the carriage or the accidental leaving (falling off) of the carriage by the Athlete or Grooms

Driving event location – all land used for the Competitions comprising the Event, and areas for exercising, stabling and the parking of vehicles

Division: a grouping of entry based on competition criteria. Example: Training, Preliminary, Intermediate, Intermediate II, Advanced.

Entry: a unit defined by a turnout wishing to compete at an event agreeing to abide by the rules and regulations, agreeing to required liability waivers, and to pay required fees.

Event: is the entirety of activities, classes, competitions or combinations thereof commencing and concluding as defined by the Organizer in the Prize List or Omnibus.

Gate: a pair of lettered or unlettered markers used in an obstacle to define the route.

Horse: a horse also shall mean mule, donkey or VSE.

Junior: Classified by competition age. See Article 2.7 –Junior

Obstacle: the area defined by the gates formerly known in slang as “Hazard”

Protective Headgear:

1. Protective headgear must be:
a) approved by an accredited certification organization (see #2 below).
b) properly fitted; and c) securely fastened by a permanently affixed safety harness.

2. Protective headgear must be certified under one of the following standards: ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials), or SEI (Safety Equipment Institute, Inc.); BSI/BS EN (British Standards Institution); EN (European Union Standards; or AS/NZS (Australian/New Zealand Standards

3. Any competitor may wear approved protective headgear in any division orclass without penalty from the judge.

4. The ADS makes no representation or warranty, expressed or implied, about any approved protective headgear. The ADS cautions riders and drivers that serious injury or death may result despite wearing such headgear, as all equestrian sports involve inherent risk, and no protective headgear can protect against all foreseeable injury.

Protective Vest (Back protectors):

1. Protective vest must be: a) properly fitted; and b) securely fastened.

2. Any competitor may wear a protective vest in any division or class without penalty from the judge.

3. The ADS makes no representation or warranty, expressed or implied, about any protective vest. The ADS does not imply that protective vests may protect against all foreseeable injury.

Omnibus: refers to an official ADS publication providing competitor information for driving events. Also see Prize List and Schedule below.

Prize List: an official publication produced by the Organizing Committee of a driving event as approved by the Technical Delegate (or head judge where a Technical Delegate is not mandated for the event) meeting the requirements of Article AC-5.1 and 5.2

Turnout: the assemblage including the Athlete (Driver), required groom(s), horse(s) with harness and carriage appropriate to the competition. Description includes configuration – single, pair, tandem, unicorn or four-in-hand. Examples: Horse single; pony pair; VSE unicorn; Small pony tandem.

3 Response(s)

  1. Zantke says :

    September 11, 2014

    Where would this go, please?
    Why do we repeat some items from the FEI Annex 9 – Definitions (like Competition, and Dismounting)?
    Why do we have RCP2015-98 shown twice in the blog?

  2. rules says :

    September 15, 2014

    Extra RCP#98 removed. I believe this would be a new CD Appendix

  3. simon says :

    October 8, 2014

    This appendix will be very helpful by providing a clear and definitive definition for terminology specifically used at ADS events and will build upon those listed in the new FEI Annex

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