RCS/RCP # 16-029
Article – PD-223.7
Summary – Add rule to Reinsmanship
Proponent – Pleasure Driving Committee
Date Posted – 30Jun15
Change Date – 2016
Status – Recommended by PDC Jul2015. Withdrawn by PDC 16Oct2015
Add Wording – Article 223 Reinsmanship
223.1 A Pleasure Driving class in which entries are judged primarily on the ability and skill of the driver.
223.2 To be shown both ways of the ring at a walk, slow trot, working trot and strong trot. Drivers shall be required to rein back.
223.3 All drivers chosen for a workout may be worked at any gait requested by the judge and may be asked to execute appropriate tests.
223.4 The driver should be seated comfortably on the box so as to be relaxed and effective.
223.5 Either the one- or two-handed method of driving is acceptable. Common to both methods, the elbows and arms should be close to the body with an allowing but steady hand enabling a consistent “feel” with the horse’s mouth. Drivers should not be penalized or rewarded for using one general style over another.
223.6 Judges may ask for directional signals. Signals should be executed by the driver as follows with the whip held in the right hand, above the head:
a. Right turn -The whip pointing to the right indicates that one is about to turn right.
b. Left turn – The whip pointing to the left indicates that one is about to turn left.
c. Slow/Stop – The whip held vertically indicates that one is about to stop or slow down.
223.6 7 To be judged:
• 75% on handling of reins and whip, control, posture, and overall impression of driver.
• 25% on the condition of harness and vehicle and neatness of attire.
Reason for change – As a safety issue, drivers should be able to use directional signals properly; To preserve the traditional rules of the road.