05-21-2009, 08:15 PM
| || | http://www.cdi-raleigh.com/2006FEIUSEF%20RULES.doc 1. In FEI and Championship Classes, observe the following arena opening and closing procedure: Open ring after final salute, close after the rider leaves arena, open at next signal (whistle or bell), close at halt at X. In FEI rules, if a competitor enters before signal, he is ELIMINATED. For classes other than CDI classes and USDF/USEF Championships, the part of the arena at A can be left open between rides. 2. Dress: In extreme heat and/or humidity (no specific temperature criteria), management can allow competitors to show without jackets, but only in USEF classes, not in CDI classes. FEI level riders in USEF shows are allowed to remove jackets as well as USEF level riders. However, competitors must wear a regulation hat and solid white or very pale colored long or short sleeved shirt, without neckwear. Competitors will be allowed to wear a hat cover and a transparent or conservative color rain coat in inclement weather. Spurs must be made of metal. The shank must be either curved or straight, pointing directly back from the center of the spur. If the shank is curved, the spurs must be worn only with the shank directed downward. However, swan-necked spurs are allowed. The arms of the spur must be smooth. If rowels are used, they must be free to rotate. Metal spurs with round hard plastic knobs on the shank are allowed (“Impuls” spur). “Dummy” spurs with no shank are also allowed.This rule also applies to warm-up and training areas, as well as during competition. This rule regulating spurs should be interpreted as follows: ‘The shank of the spur must be located directly in the center of the back of the spur; it may not be offset, either to the inside or outside. It is permissible that spurs point up, down, or straight back. However, a spur may never be worn upside down. In effect this means that a “curved neck spur” is legal, and a spur that turns up when it was not intended to be worn that way is not permitted. French spurs, offset spurs, fixed rowels and plastic spurs are not permitted. The restriction on spurs applies to warm-up areas as well as during competition. Please note that a spur worn upside down may be no different than a spur made to turn up. Just remember that spurs are worn a few inches up from the heel of the rider's boot so in effect the rider should not have to put their heel up for the spur to come into effect.
RULES FOR FEI-Recognized Dressage Events (CDIs) and USEF/USDF Competitions