- 2015 RCS #
- Adds penalty for horses requiring second check at end of marathon
- Date Received
- Carole Wallace
- Change Date
- As soon as possible in 2014
- Open for comments – 1June14; CDC NOT recommended 14Oct14
- Initial Posting: 1June14
Current Wording – CDArticle935.4
In-Harness Examination [formerly Article 924.4]
The Second Examination must take place at the finish of Section B of Marathon at all Events. It must be performed under the supervision of a Treating Veterinarian in case any horse needs immediate treatment. The Veterinarian has no authority to disqualify a horse. He must report his findings to the Veterinary Delegate and the President of the Jury as soon as possible after the last Athlete has completed the Marathon.
Add to end:
Any horse requiring to be re-checked at the end of the marathon as a result of excessive high temperatures, respiration or heat should be penalized 5 or 10 points.
Reason for change
I am seeing a LOT of horses/ponies arriving at the vet check in scary shape. You hire the Veterinary for their PROFESSIONAL opinion. (Just like you hire Dressage judges for their opinion) Those Drivers that are not conditioning or using poor horsemanship to rate their charges SHOULD be penalized ~ Seeing these horses driven in ….in high heat and humidity conditions need a warning (penalty assessed) for poor horsemanship. Dressage and Cones are now given high priority in the scoring, when Marathon USED to be the heart and sole of this sport. If two Drivers finish the same, should not the one with the horses in best shape be rewarded for that?
I know some will complain that a draft, a horse, a pony, a mini, all have different levels of heart rate, temps and such, but you are hireing a PROFESSIONAL Veterinarian for their opinion.