RCP2015#29 – Adds body protector language for juniors to General Rules

2015 RCS #
29
Summary
Adds body protector language for juniors to General Rules
Date Received
14May14
Proponent
Keith Yutzy
Change Date
2015
Status
Open for comments – 17May14; Recommended for approval by Event Standards; BOD returned to ES 23Oct14; ES changed to NotRecommended on 29Oct14; BOD NOT APPROVED 13Nov14
Activity
Initial Posting: 17May14;

Current Wording – Article GR5.11

All Juniors in all competitions must wear properly fastened protective headgear which meets or exceeds current ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carry the SEI tag. It must be properly fitted with harness secured. Failure to comply will result in elimination.

Suggested Wording

All Juniors in all competitions must wear properly fastened protective headgear which meets or exceeds current ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carry the SEI tag. It must be properly fitted with harness secured. Junior Athletes must wear a body protector. Protective headgear and body protectors must be worn at all times while on a carriage. Failure to comply will result in elimination.

Reason for change

In consideration of potential safety risks and liability issues. To bring the entire ADS up to the current CDE rules governing Juniors.

4 Response(s)

  1. Zantke says :

    May 28, 2014

    This is the fastest way to turn off our juniors from driving! I have no problem with requiring helmets for them, but adding safety vests is overdoing it. They ride their bicycles and skateboards without vests. I am much more concerned for the safety of grandma riding along as groom than for junior driving his VSE. Junior will just tumble, grandma will break her bones. We can “bubble wrap” them to death. Poor junior is sweating in an oversize safety vest (bought for growth as parents can’t afford to buy a new one every year) while grandma rides along in a nice airy blouse. We should take the vest requirement also out of the CDE section and just make it “suggested”.

  2. Ruthie says :

    May 31, 2014

    I agree with Hardy. Wearing these under required jackets has got to be so uncomfortable heat or no heat and I feel certain they do not wish to look like teenage mutant ninja turtles in a dressage test or a turnout class. There are kids in all manner of equestrian sports that are having fun ……let’s stop putting a damper on the fun for the few kids we have in carriage driving disciplines.

  3. KYutzy says :

    June 1, 2014

    I fully agree with the comments from both Ruthie & Hardy. Hardy’s suggestion to change Article 928.3 from a requirement to a suggestion would be the most logical approach. However if the back protector at all times for juniors requirement remains in the CDE rules is not the ADS opening themselves to a liability issue when body protectors are required for juniors in one section of the ADS rules but not require it in others. What makes Pleasure show classes, recreational driving or any other discipline any less dangerous then a CDE?

  4. Zantke says :

    June 2, 2014

    Keith, I don’t want the requirement to remain in the CDE rules! Out with it !
    hardy

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