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Endurance Rules 2020 – Article 809

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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 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/
Artilce 802 & 803: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-802-803/
Artilce 804 & 805: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-804-805/
Artilce 806 – 808: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-806-808/

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

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809. CLASSIFICATION

809.1 Horse Inspections: Only Combinations in which the Horse has passed all the Horse Inspections at all stages of the Competition are entitled to be included in the final classification.

809.2 Individual classification: Regardless of the order and rules for starting, each Athlete must carry out the entire Competition as if competing alone against the clock, taking account of the track, distance, terrain, and climate, and without compromising the welfare of the Horse. The Combination that finishes the course in the shortest time, while respecting all course requirements (including any applicable speed restrictions and minimum weight requirements), and passing all Horse Inspections, medication controls, and any other protocols in place for the safety of the Horse and Athlete under the FEI Rules and Regulations, will be classified as the winner of the Competition.

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Each Athlete must carry out the entire Competition as if competing alone against the clock… The Combination that finishes the course in the shortest time, while respecting… any applicable speed restrictions… will be classified as the winner of the Competition.

Are you agree that the speed limit is against the nature of sport?

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809.3 Team classification:
809.3.1 If a National Federation starts three or more Combinations, the Combinations will be eligible for team and individual classification and placing/awards. The winner of the team competition is the team with the best time after adding the final classification of the three highest placed Combinations in the team. If there is a tie for best time, the winner will be the team whose third Combination has the best time.
809.3.2 If a National Federation starts fewer than three Combinations, or fewer than three Combinations in a team are classified, that team may not be placed as a classified team, even if that leaves medal or award places vacant. The classified Combinations will be eligible only for individual classification and placing/awards.
809.3.3 In the World Equestrian Games, the teams in the Endurance Event will be classified as set out in this Article 809.3.
809.3.4 If any Combination whose result counted towards team classification is subsequently Disqualified, the classification of that entire team will become null and void. This will not affect the individual classification of the other Combinations in that team.

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If any Combination whose result counted towards team classification is subsequently Disqualified, the classification of that entire team will become null and void.

Entire team will be punished for one. Why do not count the result of remaining team members towards team classification?

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809.4 Dead heat: When two or more Combinations start the Competition at the same time and finish with the same total elapsed riding time, the Ground Jury (assisted by the Stewards) must determine which Combination crossed the finish line first (whether based on plain sight or photo/video evidence) and that Combination will be classified ahead of the other Combination. There may not be any ties.

809.5 Failure to Qualify, Disqualification, withdrawal and retirement:
809.5.1 Failure to Qualify for the next Phase or for final classification occurs when a Combination is removed from the Competition for failure to pass a Horse Inspection, complete the full course as required, comply with applicable speed restrictions, and/or meet all time requirements for completion, or as a result of such other ‘FTQ’ designations as specified in Annex 3 (elimination codes).
809.5.2 Disqualification occurs when a Combination is removed from a Competition and/or Event (or its results are subsequently disqualified after the Competition and/or Event) for a violation of these Endurance Rules or other FEI Rules and Regulations or the Competition Schedule.
809.5.3 Withdrawal occurs when an Athlete withdraws his Horse from the Competition (without otherwise being removed from the Competition) at or prior to the First (Pre-Ride) Inspection.
809.5.4 Retirement occurs when an Athlete decides (without otherwise being removed from the Competition) not to continue in the Competition after his Horse passes the First (Pre-Ride) Inspection, provided that this happens (i) before the Combination crosses the start line, or (ii) at the end of a Phase provided that the Combination has successfully completed that and any previous Phases and passes all Horse Inspections after each of those Phases, including any compulsory re-inspection or vet-requested re-inspection (the Horse must be considered fit to continue in the Competition at each of those inspections).

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