These are the rule changes appoved in Moscow to be sent to the GA meeting in
April in Bahrain.
Endurance Rule Changes.
An Endurance Ride is a competition to test the speed and the endurance
ability of a horse.
be successful, the competitor will have to have knowledge of pace and the proper
use of his horse across country. In an Endurance Ride any member of the Genus
Equus counts as a "horse".
The competition consists of a number of phases
that are sections of the competition, which may be separately timed. At the end
of each phase,
in principle at least every 40 km, there will be a
compulsory halt for veterinary inspection , (except Marathon Rides, see Art.
824.2). The Veterinary Commission should approve the distance from the start
to the first inspection during the ride. In a 160 km ride there must be at least
five Vet Gates plus the final inspection or four Vet Gates and a compulsory
trot by. The phases may be spread over two or more days.
Speeds and Distances
1. The distance of
the phases shall be determined by the OC and should be published in the schedule
to allow competitors to establish their pace to compete against the clock (also
refer to Art. 800.4). However if the weather
conditions become such that there is a danger to the welfare of the horse the
President of the Ground Jury in consultation with the TD and President of the
Veterinary Commission may reduce the minimum speed or change the total distance
of the ride or change the length of the loops or change any of the parameters
such as holding times and time to present. In this case the riders and or the
Chef d'Equipes must be immediately informed.