Three rules previously reported by the USEA and discussed through online USEA webinars will take effect on June 1, 2021. Each rule was approved by the USEF Board of Directors during their May 10th meeting. These rule changes focus on the reduction in risk in eventing.
The first rule change recognizes that licensed cross-country course designers by the nature of their training and licensing are qualified to identify dangerous riding. This rule will enable those designers to have the authority to stop a rider on course for dangerous riding.
Changes to the rules are shown below in bold italics.
EV112 Dangerous Riding
4. The Ground Jury, and the Technical Delegate, and the Course Designer, when present solely in his/her role as a course designer, have the authority to stop a rider on the cross-country course for dangerous riding, riding an exhausted horse, excessive pressing of a tired horse, riding an obviously lame horse, excessive use of the whip and/or spurs or riding in an unsafe way.
The additional two rule changes are directly related. In reviewing the incidence of poor riding at competitions, competition data, and other information the USEA views it as important to highlight that poor show jumping performance should result in retirement. British Eventing instituted a similar rule several years ago and this will be an additional measure to lessen risk in the sport and encourage a culture of good horsemanship.
4. Faults are penalized in penalty points or by elimination as set out in this section (EV153).
20 or more (show jump) penalties at Training, Modified, Preliminary, Intermediate, or Advanced
Compulsory Retirement enforced at end of show jump round unless competitor retires or is eliminated
g. 20 show jump penalties (150.10)
10 Compulsory Retirement. A competitor incurs 20 or more show jumping penalties at the training level or higher. Enforced at the end of the round unless the competitor retires or is eliminated.
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The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce the athletes selected for the 2022 USEA Emerging Athlete 21 (EA21) Program. USEA Young Rider program members aged 21 and under are eligible for the program, which aims to creates a pipeline for potential U.S. team riders by identifying and developing young talent, improving horsemanship and riding skills, and training and improving skills and consistency.
The USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) presented by Nutrena Feeds are just two months away. The AEC moves to the mountains this year, taking place at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana across a long Labor Day weekend.
Are you following along with the action from home this weekend? Or maybe you're competing at an event and need information fast. Either way, we’ve got you covered! Check out the USEA’s Weekend Quick Links for links to information including the prize list, ride times, live scores, and more for all the events running this weekend.
Last month we began a four-part series on mental preparation and the many kinds of pre-ride routines you can perform to control your emotions so they don’t take control of you. If you recall, the purpose of these routines is to give your brain the perception of predictability and control because as soon as your brain loses these it senses threat and stress which weakens your confidence and strengthens your jitters and fears.