‘Pat­ting rule’ comes un­der de­bate

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A con­tro­ver­sial FEI rule is has come un­der fire af­ter a rider was elim­i­nated for pat­ting his horse dur­ing his dres­sage test. Aus­tralia’s Tris­tan Tucker was rid­ing an in­ter­me­di­ate test at Ug­ger­halne CDI3* in Den­mark this year when he was elim­i­nated. The de­ci­sion to elim­i­nate Tris­tan was based on one of the FEI’s rules, which states that rid­ers should keep a hand on each rein at all times dur­ing a test. The de­ci­sion led to a pub­lic out­cry on so­cial me­dia, with calls for the FEI to re­view the rule and make it clearer. The FEI hasn’t con­firmed if the rule will be up for re­view, but a spokesper­son said: “The FEI Dres­sage Depart­ment is re­view­ing and fi­nal­is­ing the amend­ments to the rules that will be voted on at the FEI Gen­eral As­sem­bly in Novem­ber.”

Pat­ting your horse dur­ing a dres­sage test could lead to trou­ble

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