Eventing Rule Change will Apply at 2008 Olympics

The International Olympic Committee and the Bureau of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) have approved an eventing rule change proposed by the FEI eventing committee and safety subcommittee

The new rule states that horses and riders will be eliminated after one fall at a fence in either cross country or show jumping. In the current rule system, horses are eliminated after a first fall and riders after a second fall.

The rule will apply to all events after Aug. 1, 2008, including the Olympic games.

The rule change was instituted in order to allow time for full medical evaluation of a rider following a fall, in particular, to determine if the rider has suffered a concussion. A subsequent lapse in judgment exacerbated by a concussion could result in serious injury.

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