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Posted by Equestrian Australia on 12/10/2019.

Clarification on amendments to the EA General Regulations

BACKGROUND

There was a conflict between the EA General Regulations (EA GRs) and the EA Sport Discipline Rules regarding the management of Yellow Warning Cards (YWC).

INTENT OF YWC SCHEME

It seems the intent of the YWC scheme set out in the EA GRs and that of the individual Sport Rules may make other provision for YWCs.  In the event of conflict between the YWC provisions in an individual discipline’s Sport Rules and those of the EA GRs, the EA GRs prevail.

AMENDEMENTS TO THE EA GENERAL REGULATIONS

The relevant parts of the EA GRs have been amended to align with the FEI’s intent a YWC is a ‘field of play call by the officials’.

Note, this is an intermittent and necessary policy update that will then be re-assessed as part of the full EA policy review early next year (2020).

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR EA OFFICIALS

The EA GRs are a higher level standard and as the individual sport discipline rules differ across disciplines it is not possible for the EA GRs to cover everything in prescriptive detail.

The EA GRs need to be read in conjunction with the individual sport discipline rules. If the individual sport discipline rules have additions to the EA GRs then these additions would apply. Please note, where there is a conflict with a Sports Rule and the EA GRs, the EA GRs will prevail.

Examples;

For Dressage

Even though article 169 of the EA General Regulations has been amended to remove the chief steward, when read in conjunction with EA National Dressage rule 1.5.1 section E, that states:

FEI, National-accredited Stewards, EA Technical Delegates, FEI-accredited Judges and EA National Judge Educators have the authority to issue a Yellow Warning Card to a PR when officiating at an Event. They can be given either by hand or any other suitable means and will state the reason for the penalty. Note that Rule 1.3.2 also provides for elimination by the Chief Judge of a competition for Abusive Riding of a Horse.

This can be considered an individual sport discipline specific addition, meaning that the above personnel (FEI, National-accredited Stewards, EA Technical Delegates, FEI-accredited Judges and EA National Judge Educators) do have the authority to issue a Yellow Warning Card in the discipline of Dressage.

For Eventing

Article 527.1 of the EA National Eventing rule states:

A Yellow Warning Card or Recorded Warning may be issued by an EA Official (Technical Delegate, a member of the Ground Jury or Chief Steward) for offences of a less serious nature at EA Events. 

This is considered an individual sport discipline specific addition, meaning that the above personnel (Technical Delegate, a member of the Ground Jury or Chief Steward) do have the authority to issue a Yellow Warning Card in the discipline of Eventing.

EA General Regulations 

ENQUIRIES

Should you have any queries in relation to the EA GR amendments please contact the Equestrian Australia Office on 02) 8762 7777 or email [email protected]

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