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Endurance Rules 2020 – Article 816

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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/
Article 809: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-809/
Artilce 810 – 812: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-810-812/
Artilce 813 – 815: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-813-815/

Chapter III “The Course/Field of Play” consists of articles about Loops, Recovery area, Phases, Vet Gate, Course Design, Dress Code, etc.

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816. VET GATES

Recovery Area

816.1 Following each Loop, there must be a safe area where the Horses can recover (including to lower their heart rates to the necessary parameters) before entering the Vetting Area for Horse Inspection.

816.2 The time the Horse spends in the recovery area after crossing the end line of a Loop until it crosses the line into the Vetting Area to be presented for its Horse Inspection is referred to as its ‘recovery time’. If the Horse’s heart rate exceeds the maximum heart rate parameters, the initial time recorded on entering the Vetting Area is discarded. If the Horse is presented a second time for a heart rate re-inspection, the time is stopped again when the Horse crosses the line into the Vetting Area for the second time, and it is the second time that it crossed the line into the Vetting Area that is recorded as the recovery time.

Vetting Area

816.3 Horses must undergo Horse Inspections after the end of each Loop. There must be a safe area with restricted access for this purpose that is separate from the recovery and hold areas (the Vetting Area).

816.4 Access to the Vetting Area: Subject to any further restrictions set out in the Competition Schedule or specified by the Ground Jury, no more than two people may accompany a Horse in the Vetting Area. In addition, at Championships and CEIOs, the Team Veterinarian and/or Chef d’Equipe may access the Vetting Area during the Competition provided that they report their presence to the President of the Ground Jury. Any persons entering the Vetting Area must be properly identified in accordance with Article 813.3.

816.5 Horse Inspections:
816.5.1 A Horse Inspection will include an assessment of the Horse’s fitness to continue in the Competition based on its heart rate recovery, metabolic status, gait and general condition. Save where specified otherwise in these Endurance Rules, all of the assessments of a Horse in a Horse Inspection must be performed by the same Veterinarian.
816.5.2 When the Horse enters the Vetting Area, it must be taken directly from the Vetting Area entrance to a designated Veterinarian in the vet lane (as instructed by the Stewards) showing constant forward motion. The inspection decorum in the Vetting Area must be respected at all times (see paragraph 10 of Annex 5).
816.5.3 Horses may also be required to undergo a re-inspection before leaving the Vet Gate for the next Loop (see paragraph 8 of Annex 5).

816.6 Heart rate assessment: The first assessment to be performed as part of a Horse Inspection is the heart rate assessment. Further detail on the procedure for heart rate assessments is set out in paragraph 9.3 of Annex 5.
816.6.1 For all Events (regardless of star level), Horses must be presented for a heart rate assessment with a heart rate of no more than:
(a) 64 beats per minute (bpm) within 15 minutes of crossing the end line of each Loop (except the final Loop); and
(b) 64 bpm within 20 minutes of crossing the finish line of the final Loop.
816.6.2 The presentation time limits in Article 816.6.1 start to count down from the time the Combination crosses the end line of a Loop and stops when the Horse crosses the line into the Vetting Area to be presented for its Horse Inspection (if the Horse is required to undergo a heart rate re-inspection, the presentation time limit will continue to count down from when the Horse fails the first heart rate inspection). If the Veterinarians responsible for the Horse Inspection are occupied with several other Horses when a Combination presents at the Vetting Area, then the presentation time will be stopped for that Combination while it waits for inspection.
816.6.3 If a Horse is removed from Competition before crossing the end line of a Loop, the Horse must be presented for a Horse Inspection immediately after such removal, in accordance with Article 810. The same maximum heart rate parameters apply in such circumstances.
816.6.4 Subject to Article 816.6.6, if the Horse’s heart rate is higher than the maximum heart rate parameters, the Horse may be presented a second time for a heart rate re-inspection provided that it is still within the permitted presentation time. If a Horse does not pass the second presentation, it will be designated as Failed to Qualify (subject to the confirmation procedure in paragraph 9.3(f)(iv) of Annex 5). A third presentation is not permitted.
816.6.5 At the first Vet Gate after the halfway point on the course or at the third Vet Gate (whichever comes first), and at each subsequent Vet Gate, Horses that present at the Vetting Area with a heart rate greater than 68 bpm at the first presentation must pass a heart rate re-inspection and a compulsory re-inspection before being permitted to start the next Loop.
816.6.6 At the Final Horse Inspection, the Horse may be presented only one time. Horses that do not meet the maximum heart rate parameters at this presentation will be designated as Failed to Qualify (subject to the confirmation procedure in paragraph 9.3(f)(iv) of Annex 5).
816.6.7 Failure to comply with the time limits for presentation of the Horse to the Vetting Area will result in Disqualification. In such circumstances, the Horse must still be submitted to a Horse Inspection, and so an additional designation for Failure to Qualify for veterinary (or other) reasons may also apply in addition to the Disqualification.

816.7 Metabolic, gait, and other assessments: Following the heart rate assessment, the Horse must immediately undergo all the other aspects of the Horse Inspection (including trotting to check soundness) with the same Veterinarian that performed the heart assessment. Further details concerning these assessments are set out in paragraph 9 of Annex 5.

816.8 Hold Time: After each Loop (except for the final Loop) Horses must be given a mandatory rest period (Hold Time), which begins when the recovery time ends (see Article 816.2) and continues for the specified period. Hold Times are subject to the following requirements:
816.8.1 There must be a Hold Time for the Horse at each Vet Gate (except the final Vet Gate after the finish) of at least one minute per 1 km of the Loop just completed. (For example, following a 35 km Loop, there must be a minimum Hold Time of at least 35 minutes).
816.8.2 In CEI 3* and Championships, there must be at least one Hold Time of a minimum of 50 minutes. In all other Events, there must be at least one Hold Time of a minimum of 40 minutes.
816.8.3 The maximum scheduled Hold Time for a single hold in a one-day Event is 60 minutes.
816.8.4 Where compulsory re-inspections are required, the Hold Time must be at least 40 minutes, and Horses are required to present for such re-inspections no more than 15 minutes before the end of that Hold Time.
816.8.5 The President of the Ground Jury, President of the Veterinary Commission and Foreign Veterinary Delegate must be consulted on Hold Times.

816.9 Modifications to heart rate parameters, presentation times, and/or Hold Times to protect Horse and/or Athlete welfare:
816.9.1 The Competition Schedule may set out maximum heart rates and presentation times that are lower/shorter than the stated maximums in Article 816.6.
816.9.2 To safeguard the welfare of the Horses and the safety of the Athletes, the President of the Ground Jury (in consultation with and based on advice from the President of the Veterinary Commission, the Foreign Veterinary Delegate, Ground Jury members and the Technical Delegate) may prior to or during an Event:
(a) reduce the maximum heart rate parameters;
(b) shorten the presentation times at Vet Gates; and/or
(c) increase the Hold Times.
Modifications to the above parameters must be announced to all Athletes and/or Chefs d’Equipe before the start of the Loop concerned.
816.9.3 Throughout the Competition, the President of the Ground Jury, the Veterinary Commission, the Foreign Veterinary Delegate, the Ground Jury members and the Technical Delegate must monitor the ride conditions (including any extreme weather conditions or other exceptional circumstances) and the number of Horses that Fail to Qualify at each inspection. It is their responsibility to make changes to the inspection parameters to protect the Horses.
816.9.4 If parameters are reduced/shortened as set out above, then references to higher maximum parameters under these Endurance Rules will be replaced accordingly.

Hold Area

816.10 There must be a safe area where Horses can rest following the Horse Inspection to complete the required Hold Time (referred to as a hold area). The hold area and recovery area may be the same or separate areas.

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Maximum Recovery Time will be: 20 15 minutes after each Loop; and 30 20 minutes after final Loop.

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