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Endurance Rules 2020 – Article 802 & 803

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

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

Artilce 800 & 801: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-800-801/

Chapter II “The Competition” consists of 11 articles about Category of Events, Schedule, Weight, Starting Method, etc.

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802. CATEGORIES OF FEI ENDURANCE EVENTS

802.1 International-level Endurance Events are set in the FEI Calendar and are divided into:
802.1.1 Concours de Raid d’Endurance International (CEI);
802.1.2 Concours de Raid d’Endurance International Officiel (CEIO);
802.1.3 Championships (and test events for those Championships); and
802.1.4 Combined National/FEI events (CEN/CEI).

802.2 CEIs:
802.2.1 CEI Events have only an official individual classification. Unlike CEIO Events, they do not have an official team classification. An OC may at its discretion permit Athletes to compete at a CEI Event in a team of three to five Athletes, not necessarily of the same nationality (details to be indicated in the approved Competition Schedule), but it will not be considered an Official Team Competition. Each member of the team will be considered an individual Athlete for official classification purposes. The number of teams that may be accepted is at the discretion of the OC.
802.2.2 CEI Events may be held in conjunction with wider national or FEI-approved series or programmes, subject to the approval of the FEI, in consultation with the FEI Endurance Technical Committee.

802.3 CEIOs:
802.3.1 CEIO Events have an official individual classification and an official team classification.
802.3.2 Each nation may enter only one team in the team Competition. A minimum of three teams is necessary for the team Competition to be considered an Official Team Competition. Each team must have a minimum of three Combinations and a maximum of five Combinations with two reserve Horses.

802.4 Championships:
802.4.1 Championships have an official individual classification and an official team classification (except for Young Horse Championships, where there is only an official individual classification). Article 802.3.2 also applies to Official Team Competitions at Championships.
802.4.2 Championships include:
(a) Senior Championships of a minimum of 120 km and maximum of 160 km in one day;
(b) Young Horse Championships with a minimum of 120 km and a maximum of 130 km in one day;
(c) Junior and Young Rider Championships of a minimum of 120 km and maximum of 130 km in one day; and
(d) Regional Games and Regional Championships of a minimum of 100 km or more in one day.
802.4.3 Championships (at the Senior or Junior/Young Rider level) may be organised on a regional, continental or world level. Further details are set out in the FEI General Regulations.

802.5 Test event for Championships:
802.5.1 To ensure the smooth running of a Championship, the FEI Endurance Technical Committee will require (for 3* Championships) and may require (for all other Championships) the organiser of a Championship to host a test event at least six months prior to the Championship, which test event must have:
(a) the same (or similar) distance, course, and panel of Officials as the Championship; and
(b) the same provider for timing, data handling and heart rate monitoring.
802.5.2 The FEI Endurance Technical Committee will decide whether or not the test event meets the above criteria. There shall be no appeal from that decision.
802.5.3 Any changes to the arrangements for the Championship under Article 802.5.1 after the test event are subject to the approval of the FEI Endurance Technical Committee and FEI Endurance Department, and may also be subject to the approval of the FEI Headquarters.
802.5.4 If the OC does not organise a test event, or organises a test event that does not comply with the requirements of this Article 802.5 or the requirements set out in the applicable host agreement, the FEI may withdraw the allocation of the Championships from the OC.

802.6 Combined FEI and National Events:
802.6.1 If 20 or fewer Combinations are entered in an FEI Event (other than a CEIO or Championship), at the request of the National Federation concerned the FEI may approve the FEI Event being combined with a National Event. CEI Combinations must be given entry priority over national-level Combinations for such combined events.
802.6.2 The national and FEI Competitions may start at the same time where so requested by the OC, subject to the approval of the Technical Delegate and the President of the Ground Jury, subject to the maximum number of starters permitted under Article 848, and provided that the welfare of the Horses and the safety of the Athletes will not be compromised.
802.6.3 At any combined National and FEI event, national-level Combinations may not provide any form of assistance (in terms of pacing or otherwise) to FEI-level Combinations that could be considered to provide the FEI-level Combination with any unfair advantage. Breach of this Article will result in Disqualification of both Combinations.

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Test event for Championships now must have the same (or similar) distance, course, and panel of Officials as the Championship.
If the OC does not organise a test event, or organises a test event that does not comply with the requirements of this Article, the FEI may withdraw the allocation of the Championships from the OC.

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803. STAR LEVEL OF EVENTS

803.1 CEIs, CEIOs and Championships are divided into three star levels (3* being the highest level):
803.1.1 1*: Competitions between 80-119 km in one day.
803.1.2 2*: Competitions between 120-139 km in one day, or between 70-89 km per day over two days.
803.1.3 3*: Competitions between 140-160 km in one day, or 90-100 km per day over two days, or 70-80 km per day over three days or more.

803.2 Unless specified otherwise, the requirements that apply to CEI star levels apply to CEIOs of the same star level.

803.3 The FEI will determine, in consultation with the FEI Endurance Technical Committee, the OC and relevant National Federations, what star system requirements apply to any Event not covered under Article 803.1.

803.4 The FEI may create special categories of events and apply specific star level requirements for Officials and eligibility to participate, regardless of distance, for emerging programmes in developing nations or regions or for purposes of research into potential changes to these Endurance Rules, including alteration of weight divisions or special categories or divisions within Events. In such cases, the FEI will request ongoing input from National Federations and Technical Committees.

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Now, Endurance Rules removed the idea to introduce 4* and 5* competitions as they were proposed in previous years. All star levels remain the same.

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