Equestrian Announces Dressage Rule Change Proposal Allowing
Option Of Double Bridle At Third Level
with the release of the new 2003 USA Equestrian Dressage Tests
for Training through Fourth Levels, the USA Equestrian Dressage
recommending rule changes allowing the use of a double bridle
as option at Third Level. The Dressage Committee anticipates that
these rule changes will be approved by the USA Equestrian Executive
Committee at their next scheduled meeting on December 3, effective
immediately. Beginning December 4, riders competing at Third Level
would have the option of using a double bridle.
note that according to Article 301.7.2 of the Federation Rule
Book, any competition, which begins before December 1, is governed
by the rules in effect December 1st of the previous year. Therefore,
competitions that are run on the dates of November 30-December
1, 2002 are governed by 2002 rules, including the use of the 1999
AHSA Dressage Tests.
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