Today I fell off while doing XC. It wasn't really at a jump. My horse, who is still very green, has never done a show at this place and he was a little nervous. I had him going in a great, forward gallop in a field when he spooked at something and planted his feet, coming to a very abrupt stop and causing me to fall off. Knowing I was eliminated, I grabbed him, signaled to a jump judge I was fine, and walked back. I was stopped at the finish line by a TD and a member of the EMT. They just made sure I was ok and asked me about the fall. Then she (the TD) told me that if the fall was not related to a jump, you were NOT eliminated. Only if it was at a jump. I told her this was not true and they changed it sometime last year to ANY fall ANYWHERE on the course is automatic elimination. She insisted that she was correct. My sister, in october, fell off no where near a jump, her horse slipped in a turn and she came over his neck, they eliminated her. I asked my trainer about this and she said she had not heard of that and was pretty sure you couldn't fall anywhere on course. I looked up the rulebook and this is what is says:
B. Falls - (1) First fall of competitor - Elimination
It says nothing of where the fall occurs. But I assume this means ANY fall. Whether related to a jump or not. Even the EMT mentioned that he was pretty sure the rule had changed last year though he wasn't exactly sure to what. Shouldn't a TD know her rules??? Who is correct?