SECTION 12 SADDLERY AND DRESS 12.1.
SADDLERY 12.1.1 In the Competition Arena 1 2 At CSN status Events and above, only unrestricted running martingales are allowed.
Standing martingales are however permitted in all Pony Rider competitions.
Standing martingales correctly fitted and attached only to the cavesson part of the noseband fitted above the bit are permitted in all jumping classes at events below CSN status other than Adult Open classes and Juniors when riding in Adult open classes.
There is no restriction on bits.
However, the Ground Jury has the right, based on veterinary advice, to forbid the use of a bit that may cause injury to the horse. (See Appendix H – Pony Riders) Reins must be attached to the bit(s) or directly to the bridle.
Gags and hackamores are allowed.
The use of bearing, side and running or draw reins is forbidden except during prize giving ceremonies and march-past parades.
Sheepskin may be used on each cheek piece of the bridle providing the sheepskin does not exceed 3 cm in diameter measured from the horse’s face.
The use of a tongue-strap is forbidden.
Blinkers (or any other items which restrict the vision of the horse) are forbidden. 3 4 5 6 7 8 12.1.2 Anywhere at the Venue 1 In the interest of safety, the stirrup iron and the stirrup leather (this also applies to safety stirrups) must hang freely from the bar of the saddle and the outside of the flap.
There must be no other restrictions or attachments of any kind.
The Athlete must not directly or indirectly tie any part of his body to the saddlery.
Athletes are allowed to use a dressage whip (110 cm) when working a horse on the flat but are strictly forbidden to use or carry a whip which is weighted down at the end at any time, or to carry or use one which is more than 75 cm in length (including the flap) in the arena, exercise or schooling areas when riding over poles or any obstacle.
No substitute for a whip may be carried.
All whips must have a flap.
Failure to comply with this paragraph will incur elimination.
Excessive use of the whip The whip cannot be used to vent an Athlete’s temper.
Such use is always excessive.
The whip is not to be used after elimination or after a horse has jumped the last fence on a course The whip is never to be used overhand, (for example a whip in the right hand being used on the left flank).
The use of a whip on a horse’s head is always excessive use.
A horse should never be hit more than three times for any one incident.
If a horse’s skin is broken, it is considered excessive use of the whip, however, excessive use shall not be limited to broken skin.
A Athlete identified as misusing or excessively using the whip will be disqualified and may be fined at the discretion of the Ground Jury. 2 3 12.2.
PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR 1 Wearing protective headgear which includes a retaining harness secured to the shell at more than two points, with the chin strap correctly and securely fastened, is compulsory for juniors and Pony Riders and for anyone jumping a horse and is strongly recommended for all other Athletes at all times while mounted. The following paragraph will replace 12.2.1 as of 1 January 2013: It is compulsory for anyone all persons jumping a Horse to wear a properly fastened hard hat with a three point retention harness at all times when mounted, including members of the armed services, police, gendarmerie, members of military establishments and national studs.
This is strongly recommended also for anyone working a Horse in the exercise and schooling areas or anywhere on the showground.
Notwithstanding the above, protective headgear, secured by a three (3) points retention harness, is compulsory for Juniors, Children, Pony Riders and is recommended for Young Riders, at all times when mounted.
As an exception to this rule Senior Athletes may be allowed to remove their headgear for ceremonial protocol. 2 It is strongly recommended that only protective headgear manufactured to EN1384, ASTM F1163 or PAS 015 or SNELL E2001 with Kite Mark or SEI or such other suitable protective headgear as offers a similar or higher level of protection should be worn.
SANEF or its Provincial Bodies, Sponsors and/or any Organising Committee shall not bear any liability (whether for death or personal injury or for any consequential or indirect loss suffered) in relation to the protective headgear worn by Athletes and in particular, but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing, any failure by Athletes to wear protective headgear to the above standards.
Failure to comply with the rules 12.2.1 may, incur elimination.
A Pony Rider who loses his hat or whose retention harness becomes unfastened during the course of his round, must recover and replace it.
He is not penalised for doing so, even if he dismounts, but the clock will not be stopped.
Link to unauthorised assistance. 3 4 5 12.3.
DRESS AT RECOGNISED EVENTS 1 At Recognised and CSN Status Events Athletes are required to wear correct dress when appearing before spectators and are required to dress in accordance with this paragraph when they are competing or during the presentation of the prizes.
When inspecting the course, dress must, in the opinion of the Ground Jury, be neat and tidy.
Athletes are required to wear: i Riding jacket of a uni-coloured (excluding Green unless the Athlete has been awarded their National Colours) or tweed material, but where the collar and cuffs can be of a different colour.
Pony Riders may wear School Blazers Body protectors are allowed under or on top of jackets.
Ii White, beige or light fawn breeches.
Jodhpurs may be worn by Juniors and Pony Riders.completely White jodhpurs must be worn in all Open classes. — 17.12 ABUSE IN TRAINING OF HORSES 1 All forms of cruel, inhumane or abusive treatment of horses, which include, but are not limited to the various forms of rapping, are strictly forbidden in all exercise and schooling areas as well as elsewhere on the grounds of the event. 2.The following is considered abuse of a Horse 2.1 Rapping horses In the case of rapping or any other abusive schooling practice within the period of jurisdiction of the Ground Jury, the Athlete and the Horse concerned will be disqualified from all Competitions for at least 24 hours.
In addition, the Ground Jury may take any further action it deems appropriate under the circumstances, including, but not limited to, disqualifying the Athlete and/or Horse from the entire Event.
The term “rapping” is construed to include all of the artificial techniques intended to induce The horse to jump higher or more carefully in competition.
It is not practical to list every possible means of rapping, but in general it consists of the Athlete – and/or dismounted assistants, for whose behaviour the Athlete is responsible – either hitting the horse’s legs manually with something (no matter with what or by whom) or deliberately causing the horse to hit something itself, whether by building fences too large and/or wide, setting false ground lines, placing trotting poles or elements of a combination at a false distance, intentionally pulling or pushing the horse into a fence or otherwise making it difficult or impossible for the horse to negotiate the practice obstacle without hitting it. 3 It is forbidden to jump unauthorised obstacles or to rap a horse in any way and in any place on the grounds of the Event or to leave the grounds of the Event for any purpose during the period of the Event. 4 In the case of rapping or any other abusive schooling practice within the period of jurisdiction of the Ground Jury, the Athlete and the horse concerned will be disqualified from all competitions for at least twenty-four hours.
In addition the Ground Jury can take any further action it deems appropriate to the particular circumstances. 17.13 EXERCISE AND SCHOOLING AREAS AND PRACTICE OBSTACLES 1 The Exercise and Schooling Areas The Organising Committee must provide at least one exercise or schooling area sufficiently large for training conditions.
There must be a minimum of one straight and one spread obstacle.
The ground has to be in good shape.
When there are many Athletes and sufficient space, additional obstacles should be provided.
All obstacles must be constructed in the usual manner and provided with red and white flags.
However the flags may be replaced by tape or paint in order to provide a white and red top to the wings/uprights.
It is compulsory for all horses in the exercise or schooling areas(practise or warm up arena) to be mounted.
Only Pony Riders (as defined in General Regulation 01.9.1) are permitted to ride Pony Rider Ponies (see General Regulation 00.1.7) anywhere at the venue during Recognised Pony Rider Events.
Where space permits and the number of Athletes is large, a separate schooling area may be designated. 2 Practice Obstacles The use of fence material not provided by the Organising Committee is forbidden under penalty of disqualification and/or fine.
Practice obstacles may only be jumped in the direction for which they are flagged.
No part of the practice obstacles may be held physically by any person. 1 Ground lines may be placed directly underneath the first part of an obstacle or up to 1,00m away on the take-off side.
If there is a ground-line in front of the fence, a ground line may be used behind the fence at an equal distance up to maximum 1 m. 2 If crossed poles are used as the top part of an obstacle, they must be able to fall individually.
The top ends of the poles must be in a cup.
However there can be a horizontal top pole behind the crossed poles, which must be at least 20cm higher than the centre of the cross each other poles.
Rules against rapping. 3 The top poles of a fence must always be in cups at both ends.
If the pole is resting on the edge of a cup it must be on the far edge and never on the near edge. 4 Obstacles in the practise arena may never exceed in height and width 10cm more than the maximum height and width of the obstacles of the competition in progress that is if the maximum height of obstacles during that competition is 1,40m or less.
If the obstacle height of the competition in progress is greater than 1,40m, the obstacles in the practice arena may not exceed 1,80m in width and1,60m in height. 5 The Organising Committee may provide material to simulate a water ditch. 6 Safety Cups must be used as support for the back pole of spread obstacles in the practise arena. 7.
Any obstacles 1.30 m or higher must have a minimum of two poles, in cups, on the take-off side of the obstacle, regardless of whether or not a ground line is used.
The lower pole must always be below 1.30 m. 8.
It is not permitted to walk Horses over poles when these are elevated or placed in cups at one or both ends. 9.
Jumping the practice obstacle in the wrong direction may incur disqualification 18.104.22.168. 3 Gymnastic Training 1 Athletes may train their horses in gymnastic exercises using trotting poles on the ground and spacing poles, but obstacles used for this purpose may not exceed 1.30m in height and 1,60m in spread.
Athletes using such obstacles must not violate the 2 Gymnastic Poles: if there is enough space trotting poles may be used and placed not closer than 2,50m to a vertical obstacle not exceeding 1,30m in height.
A trotting pole, not closer than 2,50m,when the obstacle is jumped at the trot or 3.00m if at the canter on the landing side may be used. 3 Exercising and Training: whenever possible provision should be made for Athletes to exercise and train in the presence of a steward for several hours in the morning.
Athletes may change fences provided by the Organising Committee. 4.
Placing Poles: if there is enough space placing poles may be used and placed on the ground not closer than 2.50 m on the take-off side of a vertical obstacle not exceeding 1.30 m in height.
A placing pole may be used on the landing side not closer than 2.50 m when the obstacle is jumped at the trot or three metres if at the canter. 4 Combinations Combinations are permitted as long as there is enough space and if they are built with correct distances.
The material must be provided by the Organising Committee When training areas are crowded Athletes may only use single obstacles.
In addition the Chief Steward is authorised to restrict the number of horses using these areas at any one time. 5 Stewarding – Boot and Bandage Control At Events holding CSN status, the schooling area(s) (warming up ring) must always be supervised when in use.
It is obligatory to carry out boot and bandage control on all horses taking part in South African Championships and during the competition with the highest prize money at each event.
It is recommended that boot and bandage control be carried out during other competitions.
Refer to the Jumping Stewards manual for the procedure for boot and bandage control.
At least one steward must always be present whenever they are in use, to ensure that the rules are observed.
Horses which lose a shoe prior to starting in the initial round of a one round competition with a jump off will be given a later starting position.
In a jump off a horse with a loose shoe prior to starting will be given a new starting position three positions later.
If the horse in question has not had its shoe replaced by this time it will be left to the discretion of the Ground Jury to decide whether the horse in question should receive a later starting place or be eliminated. 7.
ABUSE OF HORSES (FEI Jumping Steward’s Manual) No person may abuse a horse during an event or at any other time.
ABUSE is defined as acting in a way which may cause pain or discomfort to a horse.
It means an action or omission which causes or is likely to cause pain or discomfort to a horse.
This includes, but is not limited to, any of the following: – Excessive or inappropriate use of hand/leg and/or whip – To subject a horse to any kind of electric shock device – To exhaust or exercise an exhausted, lame or injured horse – Excessive or prolonged use of any training method or movement – To sensitise or desensitise any part of a horse – To leave a horse without adequate food, drink, bedding or movement/exercise – To use any device that causes pain to the horse If abuse is witnessed during an event, it should be reported as a protest (Art 167) to an Official.
If an Abuse is witnessed at any other time it should be reported as a protest (Art 167) to the FEI Secretary General for referral to the Judicial Committee. 8.
BE PRO-ACTIVE SITUATIONS NOT ALLOWED BUT NOT LIMITED TO… – Any behaviour or training method that could be considered as abusive to the horse; – Persons in charge of horses causing dangerous situations due to a lack of consideration to others; – Horses bleeding in the mouth/nose or indeed anywhere, or marks indicating excessive use of the whip and/or spurs anywhere on the horse (in minor cases of blood in the mouth, such as where a horse appears to have bitten its tongue or lip, Officials will authorize the rinsing or wiping of the mouth and allow the athlete to continue; any further evidence of blood in the mouth would result in disqualification); – Riding or walking with horse in hand in the main arena, without authorisation; – Riding in the Practice Arena when used without authorisation or outside the allowed time. 9.4 Stirrups In the interests of safety, the stirrup iron and the stirrup leather (this also applies to safety stirrups) must hang freely from the bar of the saddle and the outside of the flap.
The Athlete must not directly or indirectly tie any part of his body to the saddlery.
The stirrups “K’Vall” are not approved by the FEI and must not be used in FEI competition.
Please refer below for a photo of these stirrups. 11.3.6 Practice Arenas – Is there enough schooling space? – Is lunging on a separate place or at special times? – Are sufficient Stewards available for the daily schooling? – Is there a timetable for schooling? – Is the ground maintained? – Is it similar to the competition ground? – Are the arenas numbered? – Are the Stewards briefed (according to schedules) ? – Are there shelters for the Stewards in adverse weather conditions? – Horse Ambulance: – Is it functional? – Is it connected to a vehicle? – Is it easily accessible? – Where is the key? – Does it have proper equipment? – Screen? – Sled? – Halter and Lead Ropes? – Is the arena entrance wide enough for the ambulance to pass easily? – If something goes wrong, is there a plan? – Who is in charge? – Has there been a rehearsal? – Who will organise setting up the screen? – Human Ambulance and Doctor? 11.3.7 Warming Up – Are starting lists and course plans available before the start of the competition? – How is the competition flow being organised? Should the Stewards help? (if YES, are there still enough Stewards?) – Are the lunging/flat areas separated? – Is a farrier readily available next to the warm-up? – Is ground-maintenance organised? – Is there contact between the GJ and the Chief Steward? – Is the prize-giving organised with GJ and OC? ALWAYS PASS LEFT SHOULDER TO LEFT SHOULDER
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