RCS # 16-007
Article – CD 960.3.6
Summary – Add penalties
instead of elimination after final vet check
Proponent – Dave Saddler
Date Posted – 04Jun15
Change Date – 2016
Status – Open for comments. Not recommended by CDC 16July2015
Current Wording – 960.3 Compulsory rests
3.6 If a Horse is not accepted by the Veterinarian at the rest area after 10 minutes the Horse and Athlete will be eliminated
Suggested Wording – ADD new language after 960.3.6 above
At ADS-recognized events, if a Horse is not accepted by the Veterinarian at the final rest area after 10 minutes, the Horse and Athlete will be penalized 10 points.
Reason for change – This would eliminate the urge to over-face the horse on the last, and most difficult, phase of the marathon, Section B and might make a competitor re-evaluate his/her thinking that “It doesn’t matter what shape my horse is in. The marathon is over, I can’t be eliminated. So what if I have to report back after 30 minutes for a final check.”
If a horse can’t recover adequately after 10 minutes following the walk (transfer) section, it is not allowed to continue and is eliminated. Since there are no provisions for elimination after the final vet check, some penalty should be accessed for the same failure to recover in the allotted time frame. Pleasure Driving rules have such a provision. Endurance riding and driving have similar guidelines with penalty assessments.
FEI AND ADS rules are all created for the welfare of the horse and the safety of competitors. What better way to help ensure the satisfactory preparation of the horse for the level of competition entered as well as the terrain and weather conditions present at an event than to access penalty points? Adds an element of responsibility to a competitor’s event strategy.