2012 Equestrian Australia Dressage Rulebook 7 2012 Equestrian Australia Dressage Rulebook 8 Section 1 – Conditions of Entry 1.1 Acceptance of the Rules all members of the EA shall accept and be bound by these rules making an entry for any event constitutes implicit acceptance of these Rules competitors are responsible for knowing and complying with these rules breach of the rules may entail elimination unless other penalties are stipulated Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse This Code has been developed by the FEI and adopted by the EA. 1.
At all stages during the preparation and training of competition horses, welfare must take precedence over all other demands a) Good Horse management Stabling, feeding and training must be compatible with good horse management and must not compromise welfare.
Any practices which could cause physical or mental suffering, in or out of competition, will not be tolerated.
B) Training methods Horses must only undergo training that matches their physical capabilities and level of maturity for their respective disciplines.
They must not be subjected to any training methods which are abusive or cause fear or for which they have not been properly prepared.
C) Farriery and Tack Foot care and shoeing must be of a high standard.
Tack must be designed and fitted to avoid the risk of pain or injury.
D) Transport During transportation, horses must be fully protected against injuries and other health risks.
Vehicles must be safe, well ventilated, maintained to a high standard, disinfected regularly and driven by competent staff.competent handlers must always be available to manage the horses.
E) Transit All journeys must be planned carefully and horses allowed regular rest periods with access to food and water in line with FEI guidelines. 2.
A) b) Horses and athletes must be fit, competent and in good health before they are allowed to compete Fitness and competence Participation in competition must be restricted to fit horses and athletes of proven competence.
Health Status No horse showing symptoms of disease, lameness or other significant ailments or pre-existing clinical conditions should compete or continue to compete when to do so would compromise its welfare.
Veterinary advice must be sought whenever there is any doubt.
Doping and Medication Abuse of doping and medication is a serious welfare issue and will not be tolerated.
After any veterinary treatment, sufficient time must be allowed for full recovery before competition.
Surgical Procedures Any surgical procedures that threaten a competing horse‟s welfare or the safety of other horses and/or athletes must not be allowed.
Pregnant/Recently Foaled Mares Mare must not compete after their fourth month of pregnancy or with foal at foot.
Misuse of Aids Abuse of a horse using natural riding aids or artificial aids (eg whips, spurs etc) will not be tolerated. 1.2 c) d) e) f) 3.
Events must not prejudice horse welfare a) Competition Areas Horses must only be trained and compete on suitable and safe surfaces.
All obstacles must be designed with the safety of the horse in mind.
B) Ground Surfaces All ground surfaces on which horses walk, train or compete must be designed and maintained to reduce factors that could lead to injuries.
Particular attention must be paid to the preparation, composition and upkeep of surfaces. 2012 Equestrian Australia Dressage Rulebook 9 c) Extreme Weather Competitions must not take place in extreme weather conditions if the welfare or safety of the horse may be compromised.
Provision must be made for cooling horses quickly after competing in hot or humid conditions.
D) Stabling at Events Stables must be safe, hygienic, comfortable, well ventilated and of sufficient size for the type and disposition of the horse.
Clean, good quality and appropriate feed and bedding, fresh drinking water, and washing-down water must always be available.
E) Fitness to Travel After competition a horse must be fit to travel in accordance with the FEIs guidelines. 4.
Every effort must be made to ensure that horses receive proper attention after they have competed and that they are treated humanely when their competition careers are over.
A) Veterinary Treatment Veterinary expertise must always be available at an event.
If a horse is injured or exhausted during a competition, the athlete must dismount and a veterinarian must check the horse.
B) Referral Centres Wherever necessary, the horse should be collected by ambulance and transported to the nearest relevant treatment centre for further assessment and therapy.
Injured horses must be given full supportive treatment before transport.
C) Competition Injuries The incidence of injuries sustained in competition should be monitored.
Ground surface conditions, frequency of competitions and any other risk factors should be examined carefully to indicate ways to minimize injuries.
D) Euthanasia If injuries are sufficiently severe the horse may need to be euthanased by a veterinarian as soon as possible on humane grounds and with the sole aim of minimising suffering.
E) Retirement Every effort should be made to ensure that horses are treated sympathetically and humanely when they retire from competition. 5.
The FEI urges all those involved in equestrian sport to attain the highest possible levels of education in their areas of expertise relevant to the care and management of the competition horse. 1.3 Abuse of the Horse (Article 142, EA and FEI General Regulations) No person may abuse a horse during an event or at any other time. “Abuse” means an action or omission which causes or is likely to cause pain or unnecessary discomfort to a horse, including without limitation any of the following: to whip or beat a horse excessively to subject a horse to any kind of electric shock device to use spurs excessively or persistently to jab the horse in the mouth with the bit or any other device to compete using an exhausted, lame or injured horse to “rap” a horse to abnormally sensitise or desensitise any part of a horse to leave a horse without adequate food, drink or exercise to use any device or equipment which causes excessive pain to the horse upon knocking down an obstacle Any person witnessing an Abuse must report it in the form of a protest (EA General Regulations Art. 163) without delay.
If an Abuse is witnessed during an event, it should be reported as a protest (EA General Regulations Article. 163) to the Ground Jury.
If the Abuse is witnessed at any other time it should be reported as a protest (EA General Regulations Article.163) for referral to the Judicial Committee.
Persons witnessing an Abuse should where possible endeavour to stop the Abuse.
The sighting of any blood on the horse during a test, whether wet or dry, will entail elimination.
There is no appeal against this decision.competitors are alerted to the fact that, as well as FEI and EA General Regulation 142, cruel application of spurs, whips or bits is illegal in some Australian States and Territories. 1.4 Protests, Reports and Appeals Refer to the EA General Regulations articles 163, 164 and 165, EA Codes of Conduct, EA Member Protection Policy 10 2012 Equestrian Australia Dressage Rulebook and its associated Attachment D1 – Complaints procedures, EA Disciplinary By-laws at www.equestrian.org.au 1.5 Anti-Doping and Medication Control Refer to the EA and FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Medication Control Rules (EADMC) and the EA (Athlete) AntiDoping Policy.
For more information visit www.equestrian.org.au www.fei.org or www.asada.gov.au Horses and Riders may be subject to random in-competition testing 1.6 Conflict of Interest Refer to EA General Regulations, Article 158 with the following additions: 1.6.1 Persons Who May NOT Officiate as a Judge of an Event if they are officiating as a Veterinary Officer for the event they are a member of the Appeal Committee if they are a Chef d‟Equipe or team official for competitors entered in the event Persons Who May NOT Officiate as a Judge of a Competition if a competitor in the competition is a family member in a Grand Prix competition, a fellow member of the National Elite Squad any person having held a riding clinic within 2 weeks prior to an event may not judge any horse and/or rider who participated in that clinic any judge who is provided with private billeted accommodation with a competitor they are scheduled to judge an owner or part owner of a horse taking part in that competition the regular trainer of a horse and/or rider taking part in the competition a person having a financial interest in a horse in the competition an employee or employer of a competitor in the competition when accepting invitations to judge, a judge must declare their interest in any person or horse who may enter that they have: trained owned/part owned had any other business interest within the past 12 months immediately preceding the event
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