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Endurance Rules 2020 – Annex 2


The proposed Endurance Rules modifications for 2020 is presented to the National Federations (NFs) in a completely new rule book, with a new structure and revised wording.

We continue a series of articles to review all the new proposed rules, article by article.

Artilce 800 & 801:
Artilce 802 & 803:
Artilce 804 & 805:
Artilce 806 – 808:
Article 809:
Artilce 810 – 812:
Artilce 813 – 815:
Artilce 816:
Artilce 817 – 819:
Artilce 820 – 822:
Artilce 823 – 825:
Artilce 826 – 829:
Artilce 830 – 833:
Artilce 834 – 836:
Artilce 837 – 838:
Artilce 839 – 842:
Artilce 843:
Artilce 844 – 847:
Artilce 848 – 851:
Artilce 852 – 856:
Artilce 857 – 862:
Artilce 863 – 867:
Annex 1:

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The OC may use the following guidelines for a Best Condition Award (if held by the OC):

1. The Best Condition Award will be determined on the day (or last day) of the Competition by a panel of three members (including a chair), made up of (i) two Official Veterinarians and one Judge, or (ii) three Official Veterinarians, as selected by the President of the Veterinary Commission. Details of the criteria used to judge the award must be announced prior to the start of the assessment.

2. Only the Horses classified in the top ten finishing positions of the Competition may participate in the Best Condition Award, provided that they have successfully completed the Competition in a time that is within an additional percentage of the winning time (such percentage to be determined by the Ground Jury).

3. The procedure for assessing the Horses for the Best Condition Award will be as follows:

3.1 First stage: Prior to any examination under the saddle, the Horse will be assessed unmounted for gait, metabolic parameters, and surface injuries.

3.2 Second stage: If not eliminated at the first stage, the Horse must be trotted 40 metres out and back, followed by trotting in a figure eight.

3.3 Third (optional) stage: The Best Condition Award may include a mounted phase. If a mounted phase is included, and provided the Horse is not eliminated at the previous stages, the Athlete will be required, on the instructions of the chair of the Best Condition Award panel, to demonstrate his equitation skills in a free range ridden display of the Athlete’s choice. The purpose of this display is to exhibit the soundness of the Horse, including its fitness, agility and willingness to compete. This free range equitation display may not exceed five minutes.

3.4 If the panel considers that the Horse has an irregular gait, is unable to complete the trot out due to lack of impulsion or exhaustion, or fails to meet the metabolic criteria, the Horse will be eliminated from the Best Condition Award.

4. The scoring is divided into four sections of equal points (100 points for each section):

4.1 Section 1: points are awarded based on the position of the Horse compared to the first Horse to finish.

4.2 Section 2: points are awarded based on the recovery time of the Horse for each Phase, except for the finish. The recovery time is the time between when the Athlete completes the Loop and presents for the Horse Inspection (for the avoidance of doubt, the Horse must pass the inspection for the phase to be considered completed).

4.3 Section 3: points are awarded based on the Horse’s results during the veterinary inspection (taking place as part of the Best Condition Award) and is scored as follows:

4.4 Section 4: this section is optional and applies only where weight restrictions apply to the Competition. Points are awarded by subtracting the weight of the Athlete under examination from the weight of the heaviest Athlete whose Horse is being considered for the Best Condition Award. The score is obtained by subtracting this difference from 100.

5. The Horse with the highest score after adding the points under the four sections above will be declared the winner of the Best Condition Award.