At the beginning of the season, British Eventing announced its “one fall and you’re out” rule.
Ever since, people have been in uproar!
It essentially means you can fall off in the dressage and you’ll be eliminated.
Trust me, from a horse owner perspective, I GET IT! Eventing is a hugely expensive sport and so I wont lie and say I don’t think the rule needs tweaking to ensure some sort of refund. I was, however, slightly disappointed to see that Captain Mark Phillips also disagrees with the rule….He claims the rule lacks common sense, with no evidence supporting it. Whilst I would usually take Captain Mark Phillips words as pretty much gospel, on this occasion, I do feel British Eventing have got it right.
I would like to ask you a question:
Would you like to see the number of serious injuries and deaths to competitors in the sport decrease?
If you answered yes, then in a small way, you agree with the new fall rule….