e. A chest plate may be used. For drawings of permitted drill bits and nose strips, see Appendix 4. The acceptable bits for a given test are indicated on each test. Martingales, bit guards, any type of device (such as rolling, side, racing or balancing reins, etc.), reins with buckles or hand ties, any type of boots or leg bandages and any form of turn signals, including earmuffs, earplugs, hoods and seat covers are strictly prohibited under penalty of removal. Protective hoods made of thin material are allowed. However, these are checked by the officers at the end of the test to ensure that nothing prohibited has been added (e.g. special equipment) or is covered by hoods to protect against noise. Fly caps should be discreet and not cover the horse`s eyes. Nasal nets are permitted under the following conditions: The first participants of 2018 left the starting box last weekend, making it the perfect time to refresh the changes to the USEF versatility rules that came into effect on December 1, 2017.
There have been far fewer rule changes than in 2017, but the biggest change that will affect competitors is the introduction of Appendix 1, which was published by the USEF last week and provides further clarification on the legal parts for use in the dressage phase of the national competition. This new appendix lists more than 50 unique bit variations that indicate whether they can be used as a flange or as a flange or border on a double flange with a green check mark or a red “x”. Each of the rings in the illustrations in Annex 1 may be combined with any of the approved mouthpieces. In response to the increase in demand, the USEF Eventing Sports Committee recently discussed the permissible parts for the dressage phase during FEI eventing competitions and national equine competitions/three-day events under USEF rules. For now, we hope the following overview provides clarity: PARTS ALLOWED FOR DRESSAGE – FEI EVENTING COMPETITIONS: Please note that, with some exceptions, the only parts approved for dressage testing of FEI eventing competitions are those specifically listed in Article 428 of the FEI Dressage Rules and in the “Summary of New Equipment/Equipment for FEI Dressage Events 2016”. a few other approved items can be found in the “Information about Tack/Equipment approved for FEI Dressage events” section under the summary. In the past, it seemed permissible to combine any approved ring or cheek with any approved dentition. The FEI has informed us that this is no longer allowed. The bits used for the dressage phase of FEI eventing competitions must be exactly as indicated.
For the few exceptions to the dressage rules, please refer to Appendix A of the FEI Eventing Rules. AUTHORIZED PARTIES FOR DRESSAGE – ALL HORSE TESTS RECOGNIZED/RECOMMENDED BY THE USEF AND THREE-DAY NATIONAL EVENTS: Appendix 4 of the USEF Rules for Eventing includes illustrations of all parts approved for use in the dressage phase of USEF allowed/recommended eventing competitions. Please note that in addition to the information in Appendix 4, the Eventing Sports Committee confirms that any of the rings or cheeks presented in Appendix 4 can be combined with any of the bits. The ESC Rules and Eventing Rules Working Group will continue discussions that will lead to clarifications of the USEF rules on versatility (upholstery). c. A rounded flange of metal, leather, rubber or plastics is permitted for all tests. A chest plate may be used. For drawings of the authorised nose-tip and strips, see Appendix 1. The acceptable bits for a given test shall be given on each test. Martingales, bit guards, any type of device (such as rolling, side, racing or balancing reins, etc.), reins with buckles or hand ties, any type of boots or leg bandages and any form of turn signals, including earmuffs, earplugs, hoods and seat covers are strictly prohibited under penalty of removal. Earplugs are approved for all tests and can also reduce noise.
However, earplugs should not cover the horse`s eyes and earplugs are not allowed. Earplugs should be discreet in color and design. If so, you`re not alone. Whether you are an official, commissioner or competitor, there is confusion about what is legal and allowed in national competitions. The USEF Technical Eventing Committee argued that eventing in the United States must follow the FEI`s eventing rules, which in turn follow the FEI`s dressage rules. As we have seen, the rules can change during a given R&D&I year! The FEI does NOT recognize the little belligerent as legal, according to emails sent last year to Axel Steiner, Janine Malone and eventually Linda Zang who followed this issue. That`s what our USEF National Dressage Rules do. Conversely, the FEI now allows the KK flange with the small vertical disc in the middle of the roller piece, but not the USEF National Dressage Committee. The FEI also does not authorize Dr. Bristol. The dressage and eventing disciplines allow Dr. Bristol in our US national competitions My suggestion is that for USEF national eventing competitions, we accept the same parts that USEF national dressage competitions do to keep things simple.
After all, the majority of our members do not participate in FEI competitions, but they transcend discussions at the national level. Once participants participate in an international eventing competition, it is hoped that they know the rules or at least consult someone who does. I`d be interested to know how competitors feel. e. A breastplate can be used. For drawings of eligible nose-tip and strips, see Appendix 1 on the USEF website for tips approved for national competitions. The bits allowed for a particular test are specified for each test. b. A double flange with Cavesson nose band, i.e.
Bridoon and sidewalk tips with curb chain (metal or leather or overalls) are allowed for some tests. The cover of the sidewalk chain can be leather, rubber or sheepskin. 12. If a participant commits a “mistake of the test” (trot stands up instead of sitting, does not take the reins with one hand during the salute, etc.), he must be punished as for a “mistake of course”. One. At all levels of eventing, from beginner to advanced, in federation-sponsored competitions and recognized competitions, riders must wear a head covering as follows, unless otherwise provided by local legislation (see also GR801): c. Horse racing events (intermediate and advanced) and three-day events. As above, except without tweed coat. Coppies allowed. Shirt – sleeve with pin; gloves (mandatory) – white or dark colour; Britches – as above; Boots – preferably a black dress or a full-grain black leg and matching leather boots.
Chaps and half-chaps are not allowed. Members of the armed forces and police, uniforms with gloves, head coverings and spurs according to EV114. Want to learn more about past rule updates? Click here. Are you interested in submitting a rule change proposal? Visit the USEF website. The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is responsible for creating and maintaining the rules for eventing. Please visit the U.S. Equestrian website for the latest USEF rules for eventing. The general rules can be found here. The printed copy can be ordered from ShopUSEA.com. 2.
All tests shall be carried out from memory and all movements shall be carried out in the order specified in the test. One. The good marks from 0 to 10 awarded by each judge to a participant for each numbered movement of the dressage competition as well as the collective marks are added together, deducting any errors in the course or event. 1. QUALIFICATIONS. The course designer must be selected from the Federation`s current list of eventing course developers or have been trained as a course designer. A person recognised by the FEI or another national federation may, with the agreement of the Federation`s Eventing Committee, act as a course designer for a particular competition. A Senior Course Designer (S) is required for an Advanced Horse Trial. A registered course designer (R) or higher is required for an intermediate equestrian trial. Preliminary horse trials and three-day national events require a registered or higher course designer. A certified cross-country eventing course designer is required for beginner, beginner and training horse trials. See subchapter 10-I LICENCE APPLICATIONS, REGISTRATION, TRANSPORT AND MAINTENANCE for maintenance requirements for all licences and certifications.
Ask? Please contact Shealagh Costello at [email protected] A whip no larger than 120 cm (47.2 inches), including eyelashes, can be worn at any time while riding on the plain. A whip not exceeding 120 cm (47.2 inches) may be worn during dressage competition, except in the USEF/USEA Championships and USEA Championships divisions. 5. For diagrams of standard arenas and small arenas, see Appendix 5.16. If there are two or more judges, a horse and rider who are not participating in the competition will complete the prescribed ride so that the judges can consult before the competition begins. See Appendix 1 for tips approved for national competitions a. Mandatory are: an English saddle and an authorized bridle. Regardless of the level at which a horse competes, its veterinary team is at the forefront of most decisions about its career and well-being.
Liz Arbittier, VMD, CVA, has been working with equestrian athletes for over two decades. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) in 2001, she worked in private practice with a specialization in sports medicine and pre-purchase exams until she joined the team at Penn Vet`s New Bolton Center Field Service in 2013.