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2019 EVENTING RIDERS ASSOCIATION  OF NORTH AMERICA

Updates to Proposed FEI Eventing Rule Changes for 2020

The Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERA of NA) would like to make sure that all our members and eventing stakeholders are aware of the updates made to the Proposed FEI Eventing Rule Changes for 2020. The 2020 rule changes will be discussed and voted on during the FEI General Assembly, November 16-19, 2019. All approved rule changes will become effective January 1, 2020.



All proposed rule changes and proposed modifications can be accessed here.


The ERA of NA would like to bring particular attention to the proposed changes to the definition of Run out /Missing a flag and updates on Frangible Devices.


Article No. 549.2 Run out – Missing a flag

Updated Wording:

a) Clear: A Horse is considered to have cleared the fence when the head, neck and both shoulders of the Horse (to the point of the front of the saddle) pass between the extremities of the element or obstacle as originally flagged and the hindquarters of the horse jump the dimensions of the fence.

b) Missing a flag: A horse is considered to have missed a flag (15 penalties) if part of the Horses head, neck or shoulder (to the point of the front of the saddle) jump outside the extremities of the element or obstacle as originally flagged. The hindquarters must jump the dimensions of the fence.

C) Run-Out: A Horse is considered to have run out (20 penalties) if, having been presented at an element or obstacle on the course, it avoids it in such a way that the head, neck and both shoulders (to the point of the front of the saddle) fail to pass between the extremities of the element or obstacle as originally flagged or the hindquarters have not jumped dimensions of the fence. Continuing on course will incur elimination.


Replacing and Striking Previous Wording:

a) Run-Out: A Horse is considered to have run out (20 penalties) if, having been presented at an element or obstacle on the course, it avoids it in such a way that the body of the Horse (head, neck, shoulders and pelvis – legs are not included) fail to pass between the extremities of the element or obstacle as originally flagged. Continuing on course without representing will incur elimination.

b) Missing a flag: A Horse is considered to have missed a flag (15 penalties) if the Horse jumps the dimension of the obstacle and the majority of the Horse’s body (as defined above) passes through the flags. This means that some part of the body is not inside the flags (e.g. one shoulder, or one shoulder and part of one hip).

c) The Horse will have successfully negotiated the fence, if the body of the Horse (as defined above) has passed the fence as originally flagged (i.e. the body but not all the legs are inside the flag is considered clear).


Article No547.2.4 Frangible/Deformable Obstacles

Additional Wording:

As of 2020, at 4*/5* and championships, all open oxers, verticals or near verticals with open rails, top rail on triple bars and gates where the rail dimensions and weight fit the acceptable parameters of an FEI approved frangible device, must be fitted with frangible devices.


Article No. 548.1 Faults at Obstacle

Additional Wording (highlighted in pink):

Activating a frangible device where the dimension of the fence is modified: 11 Penalties



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