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    [RC] Fw: PART 1 of 5 IntNewsGroup:Endurance Rules Changes - C. Eyler

    For those of you who have not seen this already.  I'm breaking it into five (or perhaps more) documents in order for it to be accepted by Ridecamp.
    As I understand it, the bold face is new text, and, obviously, the lined-out text is to be deleted.
    ----- Original Message -----
    Sent: Friday, November 15, 2002 9:23 PM
    Subject: IntNewsGroup:Endurance Rules Changes

    Hello Everyone

    These are the rule changes appoved in Moscow to be sent to the GA meeting in April in Bahrain.

    Carpe Diem


    The following rules changes were approved by the FEI Bureau at its meeting in Moscow (RUS) 5 - 6 November 2002. They will come into force on the 1st January 2003 subject to ratification at the FEI General Assembly in Bahrain (BRN) April 2003. 

    Proposed Endurance Rule Changes.

    Article 800      General

    1.        An Endurance Ride is a competition to test the speed and the endurance ability of a horse.

    To 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.

     Article 807      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.