The Compulsory Retirement rule is a fairly new addition to the USEF Rules for Eventing having gone into effect on June 1, 2021. Compulsory Retirement, denoted as CR on scoring, is enacted when a competitor has 20 or more show jumping penalties at the Training, Modified, Preliminary, Intermediate, or Advanced levels. This rule was originally proposed by the USEA Safety Committee after they reviewed performance data over the past five years. There was clear indication that horses performing at or above the Training level suffered exponentially more falls on cross-country after having 16 or more show jumping penalties. Similar rules exist in other countries including the UK.
If a competitor has 20 or more show jumping penalties Compulsory Retirement is applied whether or not show jumping is the second or final phase. The decision to apply Compulsory Retirement, regardless of format, was simply fair play. Scheduling is the primary reason that show jumping precedes cross-country, and it would be unfair to penalize a rider who has no control over how a division at an individual competition might be scheduled versus another competition. Therefore, Compulsory Retirement rules apply regardless of whether cross-country or show jumping is scheduled first.
Text has been taken directly from the USEF Rules for Eventing with emphasis added by the USEA.
Under Section EV150 Penalties, the USEF Rules for Eventing outlines Compulsory Retirement as follows:
10. COMPULSORY RETIREMENT. A competitor incurs 20 or more jump penalties at the Training Level or higher. Enforced at the end of the round unless the competitor retires or is eliminated.
Compulsory Retirement is also mentioned under Section EV153 Faults:
1. Faults made between the starting line and the finishing line must be taken into consideration.
2. Disobediences committed during the time when the round is interrupted (EV152.7) are not penalized.
3. Disobediences, falls etc., occurring between the signal to start and the moment the competitor crosses the starting line in the correct direction, are not penalized.
4. Faults are penalized in penalty points or by elimination as set out in this section (EV153).
5. Penalties for the disobediences accumulate, not just at the same obstacle, but throughout the entire round.
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