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Endurance Rules 2020 – Article 852, 853, 854, 855 & 856

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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/
Artilce 816: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-816/
Artilce 817 – 819: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-817-819/
Artilce 820 – 822: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-820-822/
Artilce 823 – 825: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-823-825/
Artilce 826 – 829: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-826-829/
Artilce 830 – 833: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-830-833/
Artilce 834 – 836: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-834-836/
Artilce 837 – 838: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-837-838/
Artilce 839 – 842: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-839-842/
Artilce 843: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-843/
Artilce 844 – 847: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-844-847/
Artilce 848 – 851: http://fair-endurance.com/endurance-rules-2020-article-848-851/

Chapter VII “Officials for Endurance Events” consists of articles about Appointments, Duties, Per Diems, Technical Delegate and Course Designer, Ground Jury, Veterinary Commission, Chief Steward, Independent Governance Advisors.

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852. TECHNICAL DELEGATE/COURSE DESIGNER

852.1 The Technical Delegate must approve the technical and administrative arrangements for the conduct of the Event, including (among other things) the correct entry procedures, examinations and inspections of Horses, accommodation (for Horses, Athletes and Crew Members), and stewarding for the Event.

852.2 Prior to approving the arrangements for the conduct of the Event, the Technical Delegate has overall control and responsibility for the arrangements of the Event. Once the Technical Delegate is satisfied with the arrangements for the Event, he must inform the Ground Jury accordingly and at that point overall control and responsibility for the conduct of the Event transfers to the Ground Jury. The Technical Delegate will continue to supervise the technical and administrative conduct of the Event until its conclusion and will advise and assist the Ground Jury, the Veterinary Commission, and the OC.

852.3 The Technical Delegate must check and approve, in advance of the Event, in coordination with the Course Designer (if appointed by the OC), the layout of the course and ride conditions to protect the welfare of Horses and safety of Athletes based on the level of the Competition(s), the degree of difficulty of the course, and the complicating weather conditions. The Course Designer is under the supervision of the Technical Delegate. For CEIs, the Technical Delegate may also act as the Course Designer.

852.4 The Technical Delegate will supervise the briefing(s) and the conduct of all technical personnel.

852.5 The Technical Delegate will report to and advise the Ground Jury on all aspects relating to the technical and administrative arrangement of the Event, and assist as needed so that the Ground Jury can make any necessary decisions.

852.6 At any CEI, the Technical Delegate, if suitably qualified, may also serve on the Ground Jury. At CEI 1* and 2*, provided there are 30 or fewer Horses entered in the Event, the Technical Delegate may also (if suitably qualified) serve as President of the Ground Jury, subject to the approval of the FEI.

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For CEIs, the Technical Delegate may also act as the Course Designer. At CEI 1* and 2*, the Technical Delegate may also serve as President of the Ground Jury.

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853. GROUND JURY

853.1 The Ground Jury will supervise all arrangements made by the OC for the veterinary control, stewarding, and time-keeping at the Competition.

853.2 Once the Technical Delegate has reported to the Ground Jury that he is satisfied with all the arrangements for the Event, the Ground Jury is responsible for the overall control and conduct of the Event.

853.3 The OC must enlist the assistance of an appropriate number of other officials, Stewards and Veterinarians, depending on the number of entries (see Annex 6).

853.4 The Foreign Judge or President of the Ground Jury (as indicated in the table below) must provide a report to the FEI containing the information set out in the FEI General Regulations within 15 days of the relevant Event:
CEI 1* and 2* and Regional Championships/Games – President of the Ground Jury
CEI 3* and Championships – Foreign Judge

854. VETERINARY COMMISSION

854.1 The Veterinary Commission is responsible for making decisions in relation to, and advising the Ground Jury on all matters concerning, Horse health, safety, and welfare at Events.

854.2 The President of the Veterinary Commission and the Foreign Veterinary Delegate should be consulted by the OC and the Technical Delegate as early as practicable regarding the planning for Vet Gates and other Horse safety issues at the Event.

854.3 At CEI 1*, the President of the Veterinary Commission will also be responsible for the duties normally undertaken by a Foreign Veterinary Delegate.

855. CHIEF STEWARD

855.1 The Chief Steward is responsible for the organisation of stewarding throughout the Event across the entire Field of Play.

855.2 The Chief Steward must ensure that stable security is adequate for the level of the Event and that sufficient stewards are available at each Vet Gate and on the course.

855.3 The Chief Steward will assist the OC, Ground Jury and Technical Delegate to ensure the smooth running of all scheduled functions during an Event, such as opening and closing ceremonies or any official function organised during the Event.

855.4 The Chief Steward is responsible for the overall security and welfare of participants at the Event across the Field of Play.

855.5 The Chief Steward must liaise closely with the President of the Ground Jury, the Technical Delegate and the President of the Veterinary Commission, and should be consulted by the OC and the Technical Delegate as early as practicable regarding planning for the Event.

856. INDEPENDENT GOVERNANCE ADVISORS

856.1 At all FEI Events, the FEI has the right to appoint an Independent Governance Advisor to attend the Event and to report back to the FEI in relation to (i) the organisation of the Competitions, the venue and the course, (ii) the performance of the Officials, and (iii) suggested areas for improvement. Independent Governance Advisors must provide their reports to the FEI Endurance Department, which will share a copy of those reports with the FEI Endurance Technical Committee on request. The FEI Endurance Department will publish an annual report summarising the key findings of the Independent Governance Advisors (taking account of any confidentiality requirements). The FEI Endurance Technical Committee will also consider the Independent Governance Advisors’ evaluation of the performance of Officials when appointing such Officials for Events.

856.2 The FEI will appoint Independent Governance Advisors as follows:
856.2.1 Appointments are subject to the approval of the FEI Endurance Technical Committee.
856.2.2 The FEI may appoint veterinary and non-veterinary Independent Governance Advisors.
856.2.3 Independent Governance Advisors must at a minimum be qualified as 4* Officials and have ten years’ active experience officiating at that level.
856.2.4 Independent Governance Advisors will be appointed for a term of two years, and may be re-appointed without term limits.
856.2.5 During any period in which a person acts as an Independent Governance Advisor, he may not accept any other FEI Official positions.

856.3 Independent Governance Advisors will attend Events unannounced, i.e. no prior notice of their attendance may be given to the OC.

856.4 The FEI will pay the costs of the Independent Governance Advisors to attend the selected Events, including per diems (as per the applicable FEI policy) and expenses (economy travel, accommodation and meals).

856.5 The Independent Governance Advisors will not act (or be considered) as Officials at the Event, but may provide expert guidance or assistance if so required.

856.6 Serving as an Independent Governance Advisor will count for the purposes of maintaining an FEI Official star rating.

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Independent Governance Advisors will attend Events unannounced, i.e. no prior notice of their attendance may be given to the OC.

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