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Rule clarifications: January 2016

last updated on January 18, 2016 14:53

Rule clarifications: January 2016

We hope that you have had a good break over the festive period and are now raring to go for the 2016 season.

We’re now in full swing with the new competition structure but having monitored it over the first few weeks of competition, and taken on board your feedback, we have picked up on a few areas that need a little tweak. We have been reviewing these over the last couple of weeks and can now bring you the definitive changes to the areas that we proposed before Christmas.

There will be no further changes to the rules for 2016 to allow the competition structure to bed in.  We recognise that the new system may not be perfect for everyone, but we do want to work with members to get it right.  Over the course of this year we will be monitoring the progress of the new structure closely and collating all of your feedback – so please do keep sending it in to us by email, using feedback@britishdressage.co.uk.

Please find below the rule clarifications in full. We've created a handy summary printout for you to attach to your Members' Handbook, click here to download and print.

We wish you the best for 2016 – whatever goal is your aim for the season!

Rules 21 to 26 and 35 – Five percentages

The above rules have been amended to state that the five regional percentages rule will only trigger when all of the five percentages are achieved in the 24 months preceding the competition being entered. This is on a rolling basis.

Example - a combination entering a competition one 03 February 2016 would look to see if they had the percentage triggers going back to 03 February 2014. Any scores prior to that date will not be counted.

Rules 21 to 26 and 35 – Eligibility for New Combinations

To clarify, new combinations may only compete in the silver section at one level lower than which either the horse or rider has competed at independently.

i.e. When a new horse and rider come together, you look at the highest level at which they have each gained points independently.  Whichever is the lower level of the two (horse or rider), as a new combination they can then compete at one level below that.

Here are a few examples;

  • If both horse and rider have achieved points at PSG, the combination can only go down to Silver Advanced Medium.
  • If the horse has points at Grand Prix and rider has points at Advanced Medium, the combination could do Silver Medium.
  • If the rider has won points at PSG and the horse has points at Medium, the combination can go down to Silver Elementary.
  • If the horse has won points at PSG and the rider has points at Medium, the combination can compete at Silver Elementary.
  • The above applies to the Silver section only and does not permit these combinations to compete in the Bronze section at the lower level.

Rules 21 to 26 and 35 – Maximum Horse Points

To clarify, where a reference is made to the maximum points permitted at a given level, this includes any points earned at higher levels.

Should a combination elect to skip levels and earn points at higher levels, they will only be able to compete up to two levels lower than at which they have won points.

i.e. A combination that has won two points at Advanced Medium, zero at Medium and twelve at Elementary, would only be eligible to compete in the Silver section at Elementary and above and not at Novice level even though the number of points won would allow them to do so. At Novice they would have to ride in the Gold section.

Rule 25 – Eligibility for Medium Gold

  Horse and rider combination Maximum horse points
Medium Gold Horse and rider combination not to have competed at PSG or above at the National Championships or in a CDI. No limit

This rule has been amended to allow combinations which have previously competed at Regionals to continue to do so.

Rule 26 – Eligibility for Advanced Medium Gold

  Horse and rider combination Maximum horse points
Advanced Medium Gold Horse and rider combination not to have competed at Inter I or above at the National Championships or in a CDI. No limit
 

This rule has been amended to allow combinations which have previously competed at Regionals previously to continue to do so.

Rule 59 – Area Festival Championships

During 2016 we will be conducting a full review of Area Festivals including the qualification procedure, fixture / venue allocation and the introduction of Gold, Silver and Bronze Section at Prelim to Advanced Medium level for Area Festivals. Any recommended changes from this review will not be implemented until 2017, to allow for full consultation with all stakeholders, including organisers and venues as well as riders.

Rule 63 - Freestyle qualification

The qualifying criteria for Freestyle, for the period 01 December 2015 to 30 November 2016, will now be as follows: 

Level New qualifying criteria
Novice Silver Two scores of 68% or above
Novice Gold Two scores of 69% or above
Elementary Silver Two scores of 66% or above
Elementary Gold Two scores of 68% or above
Medium Silver Two scores of 65% or above
Medium Gold Two scores of 66% or above
Advanced Medium Gold Two scores of 65% or above
PSG Two scores of 65% or above

Those riders who have competed in Freestyle competitions in December 2015 will need to comply with the revised qualification criteria.

As there will now be no pass down on music qualification, members will be able to identify when they have qualified more easily by simply comparing their results to the table above.

Rule 81 & 82 – Veteran Horse & Rider Championships

In recognition that 2016 will be a transitional year, the Veteran Championships will now be open to combinations competing in the Gold section that do not achieve Gold Regional qualification at the relevant level or higher in the current or preceding calendar year, regardless of whether or not the combination take up their Regional qualification.

We have also added a new PSG Section at the Veteran Championships for 15 – 20 year old horses only.  Combinations may qualify from Silver or Gold Sections; however, they become ineligible once they qualify for a PSG Regional Championship. The same qualification principle as above will apply.

Annex 2 – BD Tests

For YH Qualifiers, horses will continue to compete in pairs using the existing floor plan for the four and five year old classes. There will be a new floor plan for six year olds. The floor plans will be commanded during each of the qualifiers.

For the five and six year old semi-finals, the 2009 YH tests will be used.

  • BD Elementary YH Test for 5yr (YHE5 2009)
  • BD Medium YH Test for 6yr (YHM6 2009)

The new shortened versions of these tests (2016) will be used for the National Championships.

  • BD Elementary YH Test for 5 yr (YHE5 2016)
  • BD Medium YH Test for 6yr (YHM6 2016)              

The four year olds will use the BD 4 year old (YHB4 2003) at both the semi-finals and the National Championships.

 



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