New safety rule for Canadian eventers

April 3, 2011

The Canadian Eventing Committee has adopted new regulations regarding the use of protective headgear.

Protective headgear is now mandatory for all competitors and non-competitors at all times while riding anywhere on competition grounds including in non-competition areas and warm up areas.

The modification also mandates all competitors in the Preliminary division and below to wear protective headgear complying with Equine Canada Rules for Eventing Art D114.1.1 while performing their dressage test. Intermediate and Advanced level competitors have the option of wearing protective headgear while performing their dressage test.

Failure to compy with the rules, or riding with an incorrect or unfastened harness will be penalised by elimination at the discretion of the Ground Jury.