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Safety & Rules Topics
In the interest of safety, we will start to see more and more frangible devices like MIM Clips on cross country courses at EV105 and up. The types of fences using these devices will include verticals, gates, open corners, and all open oxers.
What is a MIM clip and how does it work? 1 minute video
How to Install the MIM Clip to Post & Rail and Oxer Fences - Safety in Eventing 4:49 min video
Activating a frangible device during competition may result in 11 penalties (Art D 311.1.3)
For detailed information on frangible devices, please check out the Deformable and Frangible Devices page on the FEI website.https://inside.fei.org/fei/disc/eventing/risk-management/devices
EC’s Accidents & Return to Sport Rule
EC’s concussion-related Accidents & Return to Sport Rule came into effect Jan. 1, 2017 for all EC sanctioned competitions in Canada.
The full rule can be found in the EC Rules, Section A, General Regulations, Article 101 page 1.
Key components of the rule include the following:
- In the event of a fall/accident where a concussion can be reasonably suspected, the competitors must receive medical clearance by qualified medical personnel onsite before continuing to compete.
- The competitor is solely responsible for ensuring the onsite medical assessment takes place. Should a competitor refuse to be evaluated, they will be disqualified from the competition.
- If onsite qualified medical personnel suspect a concussion or believe the competitor may be at risk of concussion due to the nature of the fall or impact, the competitor will be suspended from competition and placed on a Medical Suspension List until medically released.
- Competitors will remain on the EC Medical Suspension List until they submit an EC Return-to-Sport Form, signed by a licensed physician, to EC.
- No competitor shall compete at EC sanctioned competitions while on the EC Medical Suspension List and competition organizers may refuse entry to anyone currently on the list.
For much more information go to Equestrian Canada’s Concussion Awareness page and scroll down. https://www.equestrian.ca/programs-services/rules/concussion-awareness
After a suspected concussion, when can you start riding again? You can find general guidance on the Equestrian Return to Sport Strategy https://www.parachutecanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Equestrian-Return-to-Sport-Strategy.pdf but always consult with your doctor first.