Carrying of Whips in
(NZCDS Ruling) 2013/2014
The International FEI rules have recently changed and there is now no requirement for a driver to carry a whip in the Marathon phase of a Combined Drive.
A question regarding the issue of if a whip is dropped in a marathon obstacle was raised at the recent NZCDS seminar at Fielding. At this meeting it was suggested that we communicate with the Australian Carriage Driving Society to see what decisions that had made around this. However, they have not adopted this rule, and it is still a requirement to carry a whip in the marathon phase when competing in Australian events.
The N.I Combined Drive committee have concurred and decided that the following will be applied for the 2013/2014 Combined Drive events:
For competitors that carry a groom:
If a driver is carrying a whip when entering the obstacle, and they drop the whip during the obstacle, the driver may finish the obstacle without the whip. Upon completion of the obstacle, the driver must come to a halt outside the obstacle, and remain halted while the groom retrieves the dropped whip. This will not incur any penalties. If a whip is dropped in the obstacle and the groom dismounts from the vehicle before the completion of the obstacle, this is treated as a groom dismounting during an obstacle and will receive the appropriate penalties.
For competitors that DO NOT carry a groom:
If a driver is carrying a whip when entering the obstacle and they drop the whip during the obstacle, the driver may finish the obstacle without the whip. Upon completion of the obstacle the driver must come to a halt outside the obstacle, and ask the obstacle steward to retrieve their whip. This will not incur any penalties. At no stage may any driver dismount from their vehicle to retrieve a whip. At any point during the Marathon Phase the only people permitted to hans a whip tp a driver are the groom or a course official/steward. If any other person passes a whip to a competitor this may be deemed as outside assistance and will incur elimination.