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: 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 out 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 and Games
802.1.4 Combined National/FEI events (CEN/CEI).
802.2.1 CEIs have only an official individual classification. Unlike CEIOs, they do not have an official team classification. An OC may at its discretion permit Athletes to compete at a CEI 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 CEIs 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.
802.3.1 CEIOs 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.
802.4 Championships and Games:
802.4.1 Championships (and Games) 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 (and Games).
802.4.2 Championships include:
(a) 1* Championships of a minimum of 100 km and a maximum of 119 km in one day.
(b) 2* Young Horse Championships with a minimum of 120 km and a maximum of 130 km in one day;
(c) 2* Junior and Young Rider Championships of a minimum of 120 km and maximum of 130 km in one day;
(d) 2* Senior Championships of a minimum of 120 km and maximum of 139 km in one day; and
(e) 3* Senior Championships of a minimum of 140 km and maximum of 160 km 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, or as Games. 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 around 12 months prior to the Championship (to ensure the test event takes place around the same time of year and with similar weather conditions as 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 made after the test event takes place are subject to the approval of the FEI Endurance Technical Committee and FEI Endurance Department, and may also be subject to the approval of 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 above requirements or the requirements set out in the applicable host agreement, the FEI may withdraw the allocation of the Championship from the OC.
802.6 Combined National and FEI events:
802.6.1 At the request of the National Federation concerned, the FEI may approve an FEI Event being combined with a National Event. If approved, CEI Combinations must be given priority over national-level Combinations for entries to 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 847, 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 might 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 100-119 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 CEI star level requirements apply to any Event not covered under Article 803.1.
803.4 The FEI may create special categories of events for emerging programmes in developing nations or regions or for the purposes of research into potential changes to these Endurance Rules. The FEI may apply such CEI star level requirements to those events (including for Officials and eligibility to participate) as it considers appropriate regardless of the length of the course at the event. In such cases, the FEI will request ongoing input from National Federations and Technical Committees.