newly updated British Carriagedriving Rulebook 2018 is now
Several new or updated rules come into force for this year's
BC Chairman, Chris Smith has outlined the most significant
There are a number of important changes to our rule book this
year. Some are purely domestic, but we have also adopted some of the
rule changes made by the FEI to their rules.
This note sets out some of the major changes but, as always, I
encourage everyone to make sure that they are familiar with all
No event official ever wants to penalise, still less eliminate,
any athlete and the onus is on us, as competitors, to make sure that
they do not need to.
Following the FEI rules, the penalty
for not having a whip in hand at the beginning of dressage and
cones (or for dropping the whip) is reduced from 10 to 5
In order to try an encourage more
athletes to progress form Novice to Intermediate, rule 955.6 has
been amended to ensure that athletes will not be penalised for
using marathon harness and three phase vehicles in the
Article 939 has also been amended to
permit the use of pneumatic tyres in all classes.
The rules relating to lap belts have
been amended to allow para-equestrian drivers to be secured to
their vehicles, provided suitable quick releases are
incorporated. For all other athletes the position remains that
being tied or secured to the vehicle will incur elimination.
The penalty for contravention of
article 940.11.2 has been relaxed. If an ear hood is attached to
the nose band, this will incur a yellow warning card unless the
the contravention has affected the welfare of the horse or
horses involved, in which case contravention will incur
On the question of progression, annex
16.4 has been amended such that Novice and Intermediate drivers
who have won three national or regional events are only obliged
to progress if 3 or more Athletes started those three events.
The rules relating to progression to
international competition have also been simplified so as to
remove the need to obtain approval from Council. The applicable
criteria which must now be met are set out in annex 16, as is
the new procedure for selecting athletes to receive invitations
to compete at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
The rules for the Evolution class
have been amended to confirm that pairs are permitted to enter.
Separate classes for pairs may be run if entries justify this.
Annex 8 is amended to as to allow the
oxer in the cones course to be crossed.
We have also adopted the FEI rule
change that will allow event organisers to provide a designated
warm up area (with a practice obstacle) in place of section A of
the marathon competition..
Finally we have also adopted the FEI
rule change which will allow grooms to speak and indicate the
course during obstacle cone driving.
The rulebook is available to download as a 110 page PDF file,
which you can keep on your computer or mobile device.
If you would like a printed version of the rulebook, you can
order one at a cost of £6 for the plain cover version (as shown in
the picture) or for £6.50 you can have it personalised with your
name printed on the front cover.
To download or order a copy of the 2018 rulebook, please go to
the BC Rulebook