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Attention All Active Competitors, Officials, and Organizers
Lexington, KY, USA

The USEF Executive Committee met on Monday, May 19, 2008 and approved the following rule changes for immediate implementation. These rule changes were submitted by the USEF Eventing Technical Committee with the support of the USEA Eventing Standards Task Force.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: the first fall of competitor, at obstacles, on the Cross-Country course will result in Elimination.

1) EV141.1 (b) Cross-Country Scoring

            b. Falls -

(1) First fall of competitor      65 penalties Elimination

(2) First fall of horse               Mandatory retirement

(3) Second fall of competitor Elimination

Subsequent changes were made to the following Eventing Rules as a result of the change to EV141.1 (b):

EV138.9 Cross-Country Rules-Authorized Assistance

The change removes reference to assisting riders in remounting after a fall at obstacle.

EV142.3 (b) Cross-Country - Definition of Faults-Circles

The change removes reference to riders having sustained a fall as they will no longer be allowed to continue.

EV142.5 Cross-Country - Definition of Faults-Additional Attempts at Obstacles Composed of Several Elements.

The change removes reference to riders having sustained a fall as they will no longer be allowed to continue.


2) EV112.1 (a) & (b) Medical Requirements-Accidents Involving Competitors

a. In the event of an accident in which a competitor is apparently injured or concussed, they must be examined by designated medical personnel to determine if they may take part in another test, ride another horse or if they are capable of leaving the grounds.

Refusal to be examined shall be penalized by a fine of $100 (Payable to the Organizing Committee) at the discretion of the Ground Jury. EC 5/19/08 Effective immediately

b. If such a fall occurs during the cross-country test, the time during which the competitor is held and examined shall be recorded and deducted from his total time if he is permitted to continue.

3) EV140.8 Cross-Country Obstacles

8. Obstacles constructed after December 1, 2008, for which approved frangible technology is appropriate, shall be constructed using this technology. Obstacles constructed prior to December 1, 2008 and for which the use of approved frangible technology is appropriate shall be retrofit using this technology prior to December 1, 2009. All open oxers at the Training level and above must be constructed using Approved Frangible technology. Information on the appropriate applications of Frangible Technology in cross-country fence construction is available in the USEA Cross-Country Obstacle Design Guidelines. Frangible Technology may be installed only by or under the supervision of Course Designers/course builders who have attended a USEA Seminar on Frangible fence construction.

EC 5/19/08 Effective immediately

The USEF and USEA are also currently in the process of developing the rules for a 'red card system' to penalize dangerous riding.

These changes are in advance of the upcoming Safety Summit being held June 7 - 8 in Lexington, KY. Click here to register for this event.

Please contact the USEA/USEF regarding all rules. This information has been provided as is and is not the official version

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