USEF Rules Committee Withdraws Changes to MO106 and MO173

Georgie Green, Chair of the USEF Morgan rules committee, announced today that based on feedback from the 2011 Rules Forum, the committee has withdrawn proposed rule changes MO106 and MO173 requiring protective headgear for all walk-trot riders. The committee felt further evaluation was needed.

“The committee wishes to thank all those that attended and participated in the 2011 Rules Forums,” she said. “We recognize this is a complex issue to warrants greater research. The committee strongly encourages walk-trot riders to wear protective headgear and emphasizes that protective headgear may be worn without penalty.”

Thoughts on this???

2 Responses to USEF Rules Committee Withdraws Changes to MO106 and MO173

  1. Trisha says:

    This goes to show how important it is that people attend the rules forums at shows. The response to this proposal was an overwhelming, “NO”, at both of the rules forums I attended. Though it was not because they were opposed to walk-trotters wearing helmets, but because they didn’t want the rules to keep pushing farther and farther the point where everyone, including professionals, are required to wear helmets. The discussion at one of the forums got pretty heated.

    The point of the rules forum is to discuss propsed rule changes and the Committee has done what the majority (who voiced their opinion) wanted by withdrawing the proposal.

    Parents need to make the choice as to whether or not they want their children to wear helmets; it’s their responsibility. I know there was at least one World Champion walk-trotter this year who’s helmet didn’t hurt her classes.

  2. leslie says:

    I’m not at all surprised, but it is a bit disappointing. It’s certainly only a matter of time before kids are required to wear helmets at any USEF show. We could have been the breed to lead the way (er…behind the Paso Finos, I guess.)

    The FEI passed stricter helmet rules at its annual meeting this year, although they won’t be implemented until 2013. I actually read the rule change, and I’m still not clear on what the end result is. My impression is that it does not mandate helmets in the show ring (other than for show jumping and 2/3 of eventing where they were already required) but just on the grounds of an FEI competition outside of the competition arenas. In any case, if international-level dressage riders and reiners are going to be wearing helmets, it seems even more bizarre that people in our breed are still freaking out about it.

    But, as Tricia points out, I can’t really complain about this, because I’ve never attended a rules forum.

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