After reflecting on the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Mars Equestrian and Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials held over the last couple weeks, and as we go into the cross country phase of the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event this weekend; the ERA of NA feels that promoting more discussion on the interpretation of the 15 Penalty Flag Rule among all FEI officials, organizers and competitors is required.
The mission and responsibility of the ERA of NA is to identify challenges within the sport and to advocate for the best solutions on behalf of all competitors. As such, we recommend the establishment of specific ground rules and guidelines so that all FEI officials are able to consistently and dependably interpretate and implement this new rule. As an organization, we stand ready to participate and collaborate in the development of these standards. The USEF, USEA, British Eventing, other National Governing Bodies and ERA (International, UK, and NA) must work with the FEI to establish a standardized, uniform policy whereupon competitors, owners and spectators need not question the consistency of its application.
Additionally, in order to ensure the most effective use of this rule, the Ground Jury must be completely transparent in its interpretation. For educational purposes, the timely access to all deciding factors in determining the assessment of 15 penalties is paramount, thereby ensuring all competitors are fully aware of the grounds on which this rule is applied.
It is clear the discussion that took place at Badminton has bettered the interpretation of this rule yet, as a Rider’s Organization, letting our voices be further heard is a priority to ensuring the fair and consistent management of our sport on all fronts.
ERA of NA is dedicated to the betterment of the sport of Eventing and we want to hear your opinions and input as we execute our mission. Please direct your questions and thoughts to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.