Changes to FEI Endurance Rules in 9th Edition, effective 1 January 2014

December 30, 2013, USA ~ Major Additions to FEI Endurance Rules 2014

crewingIMG_5402A great deal of energy and thought is going into the continued issue at the FEI level of Endurance competition to ensure the welfare of the horse. The following additions and changes have been made to the FEI Endurance Competition rules for 2014. The changes are noted  in BOLD RED. Whether you own, lease, or borrow a competition mount, make sure you are aware of the rules to protect your horse.

Article 801 – THE COURSE/’Field of Play

801.8 The finish must be long and wide enough to enable several horses to finish at speed without interfering with each other, and must provide sufficient run-out to allow Athletes to safely come to a stop after crossing the finishing line in any potential sprint or gallop. It must be situated as close to the Vet Gate as possible.

1. The ‘field of play’ is defined as; the defined course (loops or phases), the defined crewing areas on course or within the vet gate, the vet examination area and the hold area at or within the vet gate. For Championships, there will be restricted access to the field of play as defined in the schedule.

2. The maximum number of grooms allowed within the vet gate will be 5 per horse to take into account availability of space or to ensure that the horse is allowed sufficient space to rest. Access to the vet gate and the vet gate examination area may be restricted by the Organiser under advice from the FEI Technical Delegate. Such restrictions must be clearly shown in the FEI approved schedule. 

3. All horses must remain at all times clearly under observation of FEI Veterinary Officials, Ground Jury and Stewards.

815.3 Mandatory Rest for Horses:

815.3.1 After competing in a CEI events, a horse must be given a mandatory minimum rest period, as defined, before it is again eligible to participate in a National or FEI competition (Rest Period commences at Midnight on the day that the ride finishes as denoted by the maximum ride time allowed and finishes at Midnight, the day before published ride start time):

Distance completed start – 40 km 5 days (retirement only)

start – 80 km 12 days

Over 80 – 120 km 19 days

Over 120 km –140 km 26 days

 Over 140 Km 33 days 

 817.4 Teams and Individuals 

817.4.1 Teams: If an NF starts three or more combinations all results are available to establish their Team result and are also eligible for individual classification and placing/awards. Only the highest placed three members shall count as the Team for classification and to receive a team medal.

Should any combination whose result was available to count towards Team Classification, subsequently fail an FEI sampling procedure which results in the loss of that individual’s result(s) within the event, the classification of that entire team will become null and void. Such loss of Team classification will not affect the individual classification of the other members of that team.

 825.4 CEI 1 & 2 Star Endurance Events

Where a Foreign FEI Official is required within the terms of Art. 825, such Foreign Official cannot be resident in the same country or time zone in which the event is taking place. 

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