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Endurance Rules 2020 – Article 823, 824 & 825


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:

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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823.1 Any person who mounts a Horse at an Event must wear:
823.1.1 protective Headgear that is securely fastened and that is of a recognised equestrian/endurance standard; and
823.1.2 safe riding footwear with smooth soles and heels of 12 mm or more, or alternatively caged/boxed stirrups or equestrian safety stirrups.

823.2 At all Events, participants (including those covered in this Article 823) must wear clean and tidy attire that is appropriate and not detrimental to the image of the discipline of Endurance. In addition:

823.2.1 Athletes must wear appropriate team or individual riding attire (including a shirt or polo shirt with a collar) while on the Field of Play and during the First (Pre-Ride) Inspection, opening and closing ceremonies, Best Condition Award, and prize-giving ceremonies.

823.2.2 Team officials and Crew Members must wear appropriate team or individual team attire while on the Field of Play and during the First (Pre-Ride) Inspection, opening and closing ceremonies, Best Condition Award, and prize-giving ceremonies.

823.2.3 FEI Officials must wear appropriate working attire (no shorts or sandals) at all times during the Event when performing their duties, including on the Field of Play. For the First (Pre-Ride) Inspection, opening and closing ceremonies, Best Condition Award, and prize-giving ceremonies, FEI Officials must wear a jacket (where appropriate considering the weather) and (men only) a tie.

823.2.4 Shorts are not permitted in the Vetting Area or during opening and closing ceremonies, the Best Condition Award, and/or prize-giving ceremonies. For safety reasons sandals are not permitted anywhere on the Field of Play.

823.3 The FEI General Regulations set out the rules in relation to permitted branding/advertising on clothing.

823.4 The President of the Ground Jury and/or the Chief Steward may require a person who is in breach of the dress code to change attire and (if he fails to do so) may require that person to leave (or be removed from) the Field of Play.

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At all Events, participants must wear clean and tidy attire. Mud and swamp on vet gate is no excuse for dirty attire!

Jaume Punti Dachs – Echo Falls
FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018
© DigiShots

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Dyes (including henna) may not be used on the Horse at any time on the Field of Play as it may obstruct the veterinary inspection and identification of the Horse. Barrier cream or other topical skin cream may be used on the Horse, provided that it is removed before presentation for Horse Inspections or at the request of any Veterinarian or Official anywhere on the Field of Play. Failure to comply with this provision will result in Disqualification.

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Henna is prohibited at any time on the Field of Play!

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825.1 Tack condition: Horse tack must be in a safe condition and correctly fitted to avoid the risk of pain or injury to the Horse. Officials may require any ill-fitting tack/equipment to be removed or altered. The use of any ill-fitting equipment that risks causing (or causes) pain or injury to the Horse may be considered as Horse Abuse (see also the FEI Veterinary Regulations).

825.2 Permitted tack: The FEI may issue further detailed rules regarding permitted tack. Subject to the foregoing and Article 825.1, the following tack is required or permitted (as specified below) on the Field of Play:

825.2.1 A correctly fitted bridle and saddle are required on the course.
825.2.2 Gags and ‘bitless bridles’ are permitted.
825.2.3 Martingales are permitted, provided that they do not unduly restrict the free movement of the head of the Horse.
825.2.4 Reins must be attached to the bit or (for bitless bridles) directly to the bridle.
825.2.5 Any shank (lever arm) on any bit may not exceed 8 cm.
825.2.6 Leather or plastic nosebands are permitted. A noseband may never be so tightly fixed that it risks causing (or causes) irritation to the skin. It must be adjusted to allow at least two fingers under the noseband on the front of the nose.
825.2.7 Cheek pieces (meaning two strips of sheepskin or similar material that is attached to the cheek pieces of the bridle) are permitted. See Annex 8 for a diagram.
825.2.8 Unless specified otherwise in the Competition Schedule, Blinkers and visors (similar to Blinkers, but with holes cut in one or both cowls permitting limited side or rear vision) are permitted, provided that they allow full forward vision without any interference. They must be removed during Horse Inspections. See Annex 8 for diagrams showing permitted/prohibited variations.
825.2.9 Fly masks are permitted only if specifically authorised by the Ground Jury to take account of the local conditions, and provided that they (i) do not unduly obstruct the Horse’s vision or hearing, (ii) do not serve any purpose other than to protect the Horse from insects, and (iii) are removed during Horse Inspections.
825.2.10 Equi-boots and pads are permitted.
825.2.11 Head collars are permitted only if the Horse can be adequately controlled and does not pose any safety risk to any person or other Horse. Otherwise (and in most cases) a bridle must be used.

825.3 Prohibited tack/equipment: Use of the following is prohibited at all times on the Field of Play and in training areas:

825.3.1 any type of rein that might unduly restrict the free movement of the head of the Horse, including draw (running) reins/French reins;
825.3.2 rein additions such as handles;
825.3.3 metal chain nosebands;
825.3.4 whips (including any other item that is used as a whip);
825.3.5 spurs;
825.3.6 anything placed inside or covering the Horse’s ears (for example, ear plugs or similar and ear bonnets/hoods), except for fly masks as set out in Article 825.2.9; and
825.3.7 subject to Articles 825.2.8 and 825.2.9, any material covering the Horse’s eye(s) or otherwise obstructing the Horse’s vision, including eye covers or eye shields (these are similar to Blinkers, but in place of the eye cowls, the eyes are covered with mesh or other transparent material or by an opaque cover). See Annex 8 for diagrams.

825.4 Safety equipment: The Competition Schedule may require the use of specific safety equipment, such as reflective items.

825.5 Mobile phones and GPS: The use of mobile phones and GPS devices is permitted. All other forms of communication devices must be approved by the Ground Jury prior to the Competition.

825.6 Failure to comply: An Official may inspect a Combination’s tack/equipment on the Field of Play at any time. If an Official determines at or prior to the First (Pre-Ride) Inspection that a Combination’s tack/equipment is in breach of Article 825.2 (permitted tack) and/or 825.3 (prohibited tack), the Official may request that such tack/equipment be altered or removed. Failure to comply with the Official’s instructions will result in Disqualification. If the determination is made after the First (Pre-Ride) Inspection, the Combination will be Disqualified.