Rider Representative Rule Change | United States Eventing Association, Inc. - US National Combined Training, Horse Trials: Dressage, Cross Country, Show Jumping

Rider Representative Rule Change

EV119 Competitor Representative. [Chapter EV. Eventing Division] Change to read:

1. A Rider Representative(s) and an alternate will be named by the Competition Organizing Committee for all competitions at the Training through Advanced levels.  An organizer may name more than one Rider Representative at his or her discretion.  
 
2. A Rider Representative must meet the criteria outlined below. 
a. For events offering Preliminary Level or below, the rider representative will be a Senior rider who has completed four (4) or more Horse Trials at the Preliminary Level or higher on two or more horses. 
b. For events offering Intermediate Level or higher, the rider representative will be a Senior rider who has completed four (4) or more Horse Trials at the Intermediate Level or higher on two or more horses. 
c.  Under extraordinary circumstances the Technical Delegate may approve a person who does not meet the above criteria.
 
3. The Organizer will identify, contact and secure the name of a Rider Representative no less than 7 days prior to the start of competition.
 
4. The Organizer will post the name of the Rider Representative no later than when start times are made available. Rider Representative’s cell number will be posted at the secretary’s office before the start of competition.
 
5. Responsibilities of the Rider Representative:
a. Inspect the cross-country course(s) with either the Technical Delegate or President of the Ground Jury at a time convenient to that party, but no later than 3pm the day before the competition starts
b. Inspect the Show Jumping course not later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the relevant competition.
c. Communicate immediately with the TD or PGJ any issue of safety or concern, including but not limited to: obstacle construction or placement, distances in combinations, footing, potential lighting issues, etc.  
d. Avail him/her to all competitors and communicate all concerns to the TD or PGJ in a timely manner.
e. Areas of concern will be documented on the TD report and the Rider Representative Report. 
f. Fill out and return to the USEA the official Rider Representative Report no more than 14 days after the end of competition.
 
Note: This added layer of participation by the Rider Representative does not in any way lessen the burden each competitor bears to actively voice his or her concerns either to a) the Rider Representative who will then communicate said concerns to the TD or PGJ or b) directly to the TD or PGJ. Further, competitors bear the responsibility in determining their own and their horse’s fitness, preparation and readiness. Communication of concerns to the Rider Representative, TD or PGJ does not 
remove nor shift that responsibility away from the rider.
 
The list of eligible Rider Representatives will be updated annually by the PHC and be available on the USEA Website. The list may be modified by the USEA as deemed necessary to have adequate coverage for all competitions.            

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