Horse Trials (Intermediate and Advanced) & Three Day Events.
As above except no tweed coat.
Tail Coats permitted.
Shirt—stock with pin; Gloves (required)—white or dark color; Britches—as above; Boots—preferably black dress or a black full grain leather leg piece and matching leather boot.
Chaps and halfchaps are not allowed.
Members of armed and police forces, service dress with gloves, regulation headgear and spurs in accordance with EV114.
Beginner Novice – Preliminary, spurs are not compulsory.
Spurs are required at Intermediate and Advanced Horse Trials, and Intermediate and Advanced Three-Day Events.
Roweled spurs are permitted for the Dressage test (at all levels) and when practicing/warming-up for the Dressage test.
If rowels are used, they must be free to rotate and the rowel must be round and smooth (no tines allowed). 6.
Light-weight clothing is appropriate for this Test, a shirt (any color) with sleeves must be worn.
Protective Headgear in accordance with paragraph 1 above.
This headgear may be any color.
Britches or jodhpurs may be any color; Gloves (if worn) may be any color; Boots—black, brown, field, jodhpur or a black or brown full grain smooth leather leg piece and matching leather boots.
Chaps or half-chaps are not allowed. 7.
Hunting dress or uniform.
Protective headgear, with chin harness, designed expressly for equestrian use in accordance with paragraph 1 above.
Hat covers other than solid black or dark blue are not allowed.
Coat—dark color or tweed (if Novice through prelim.) Shirt—stock with pin, choker or tie; Gloves (if worn)—dark color, tan, beige or white; Jodhpurs, Britches—light color or white; Boots—black, brown, field, jodhpur or a black or brown full grain smooth leather leg piece and matching leather boots.
Chaps or half-chaps are not allowed.
Member of armed and police forces, as in EV114.5.b. 8.
At Eventing Tests or when all three phases of a Horse Trials are contested over one day – Protective headgear and protective vests as above.
Clothing as appropriate for the test in progress (see below), or at the competitor’s option – boots, britches, spurs and gloves – as applicable for the test being performed.
Long or short sleeved shirt with collar and without neckwear, of a conservative color, neatly tucked into riding breeches. 9.
INSPECTION OF DRESS.
A steward should be appointed to inspect whips and spurs before any Test.
He has the authority to refuse permission for any competitor to start whose whip or spurs contravene this Article.
He will immediately report the circumstances to the Ground Jury, or Technical Delegate if the Ground Jury is unavailable, for confirmation.
A competitor who competes with illegal whip(s) or spurs will be eliminated.
A competitor who competes with incorrect items of dress © USEF 2013 17 EVENTING DIVISION EV may be eliminated, at the discretion of the Ground Jury. 10.
At temperatures above 85°F, a heat index above 85°, or at the discretion of the Ground Jury or the Organizer, competitors will be permitted to compete without jackets, in the dressage and/or jumping tests.
In such cases, competitors must wear either a long or short sleeved shirt of conservative color without neckwear; members of the armed forces and police units may ride in their summer uniforms.
In inclement weather competitors may wear a windbreaker jacket or rain coat over their clothing; their number must be visible.
EV115 Saddlery 1.
The following restrictions begin at 3:00 p.m.
Of the day prior to the start of the entire competition and continue throughout the duration of the event.
The following are compulsory: an English type saddle and any form of bridle, including double bridle, snaffle, gag or hackamores.
Running martingales with rein stops, Irish martingales, bit guards, boots, bandages, fly shields, nose covers, and seat covers are permitted.
Side reins are permitted only while lunging an unmounted horse, as are running reins and chambons.
Other martingales, any form of gadget (such as a bearing, running or balancing reins, etc.) and any form of blinkers, are forbidden, under penalty of disqualification. 2.
The following are compulsory: an English type saddle and a permitted bridle.
A double bridle with cavesson noseband, ie bridoon and curb bits with curb chain (made of metal or leather), is permitted for some tests. 1.
Cavesson noseband may never be so tightly fastened as to harm the horse. 2.
Lipstrap and rubber or leather covers for the curb chain are optional. 3. Bridoon and curb must be made of metal or rigid plastic and may be covered with rubber (flexible rubber bridoons and/or curbs are not allowed). 4. The lever arm of the curb bit is limited to 10 cm (length below the mouth piece). 5. If the curb has a sliding mouthpiece, the lever arm of the curb bit below the mouthpiece must not measure more than 10 cm when the mouthpiece is in the uppermost position. 6. The diameter of the ring of the bridoon must be such as to not hurt the horse.
A snaffle bit made of metal, leather, rubber or plastic material is permitted for all tests. 1.
It may have a cavesson noseband, dropped noseband, crossed noseband, or flash noseband. 2.
The noseband must be made entirely of leather or leather like material, except for a small disc of sheepskin, which may be used in the intersection of the © USEF 2013 18 EVENTING DIVISION EV two leather straps of a crossed noseband.
A breast plate may be used.
For drawings of permitted bits and nosebands see Appendix 4.
Permitted bits for a particular test are specified on each test.
Martingales, bit guards, any kind of gadgets (such as bearing, side, running or balancing reins, etc.), reins with any loops or hand attachments, any kind of boots or leg bandages and any form of blinkers, including earmuffs, earplugs, hoods, fly shields, nose covers and seat covers are, under penalty of elimination, strictly forbidden.
However, under exceptional circumstances, fly shields may be permitted by the Ground Jury. 3.
CROSS-COUNTRY TEST AND JUMPING TEST.
The type of saddlery is optional with the exception of any form of blinkers, which are forbidden.
Only unrestricted running martingales with rein stops or Irish martingales are allowed.
Reins must be free of any loops or hand attachments and must be attached to the bit(s) or directly to the bridle.
Exception: u-shaped bit converters may be used so that a bit designed for use with two reins may be controlled with a single rein.
Gags or hackamores are allowed.
In the interest of safety, the stirrup iron and stirrup leathers must hang free from the bar of the saddle and outside the flap.
There must be no other restrictions or attachments of any kind. 4.
INSPECTION OF SADDLERY.
A steward should be appointed to check the saddlery of each horse before it enters the arena or starts a Test.
In the Dressage Test, the checking of the bridle must be done with the greatest caution.
When bit inspections require actual contact with the inside of the horse’s mouth, the inspector must use a clean protective glove for each horse.
If the competitor so requests, the bridle and bit may be checked immediately after the test has been completed.
However, should the bridle or bit in such a case be found not to be permitted, the competitor shall be eliminated.
EV116 Radios and Cellular Phones The use of a radio or cellular phone while competing is forbidden, under penalty of disqualification.
Any other use while on the competition grounds by competitors, trainers, or members of the competitor’s support group, is subject to restriction by the technical delegate and the president of the ground jury.
EV117 Disqualification 1.
Disqualification means that a competitor and his horse(s) may not take further part in the Event.
It is applied at the discretion of the Ground Jury. 2.
Ground Jury may disqualify a competitor in the following cases when, in its opinion, the action constitutes unsportsmanlike or abusive conduct: © USEF 2013 19 EVENTING DIVISION EV a.
Allowing anyone other than the competitor to school his horse, EV108.2a.
Riding in the Dressage arena or in the Jumping arena prior to the actual competition, EV108.2c.
Riding close to Cross-Country obstacles prior to the actual competition, EV108.2c.
Jumping practice fences that are not flagged, EV108.3c and EV108.3d.
Jumping practice fences in the wrong direction, EV108.3d.
F. Jumping practice fences while they are being held, EV108.3d.
Jumping practice fences that have been raised above the height or beyond the spread allowed, EV108.3d.
H. Jumping practice fences at times other than those laid down by the Organizer, EV108.3d.
I. Inspecting the obstacles of the Cross-Country course before they are officially shown to all competitors, EV109.1a.
J. Inspecting the obstacles of the Jumping course when the arena is closed, EV109.2.
Entering the Jumping arena on foot after the competition has started, EV109.2.
L. Abuse of horse, EV111.
M. Exercising with improper saddlery, EV115.1.
Use of a radio or cellular phone while competing.
EV118 Inquiries, Protests and Appeals 1.
The competitor, a parent or guardian of a competitor under 18 years old, the owner of the horse, or the owner’s agent, may inquire about any perceived irregularity or mis-scoring during the course of the competition.
Such inquiries may be addressed to members of the Organizing Committee, to the Ground Jury, or to the Technical Delegate. 2.
The competitor, a parent or guardian of a competitor under 18 years old, the owner of the horse, or the owner’s agent authorized in writing, are entitled to lodge a protest.
Protests shall be addressed to the President of the Ground Jury.
They must be in writing, signed, and accompanied by a fee of $100., made payable to the Organizing Committee, which will be refunded if protest (or subsequent appeal) is upheld.
They shall be delivered to the Event Secretary. 3.
TIME LIMITS FOR PROTESTS.
PROTESTS SHALL BE LODGED WITHIN THE FOLLOWING TIME LIMITS: a.
Against the eligibility of a horse or a competitor not later than one hour before the start of the relevant competition.
Against the condition of the Dressage arena – not later than one hour before © USEF 2013 20
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