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2019 changes to the FEI Jumping Rules

Saturday, 05 January 2019

There are some changes in the FEI Jumping Rules for 2019, with – perhaps – the most discussed one being the rules regarding use of hind boots. As of 1st of January 2019, the following will be effective as it reads in FEI Jumping Rules under article 257 'Saddlery' ; 

"2.5 At all FEI Jumping Events for Pony Riders, Children, Amateur Owners and Veterans, only hind boots meeting the following descriptions may be used:

2.5.1  Boots as described in Art. 257.2.4 for FEI Jumping Competitions for Young Horses.

2.5.2  Boots that have a protective element on the inside and outside, that is, double-shell boots that wrap around the back of the fetlock, are permitted providing they meet the following criteria:

The boot must have a maximum length of 20 centimetres.

The rounded protective part of the boot must be placed around the fetlock.

The inside of the boot must be smooth, that is, the surface must be even and there may not be any pressure points on the inside of the boot; for the avoidance of doubt, stitching on the inside of the protective element that attaches the inner lining to the boot, is permitted. Sheepskin linings are allowed.

The boot must have two elastic fasteners with a minimum width of 2.5 cm each. Only the following types of fasteners are permitted: 

      Stud-type fasteners: straps with holes at the end that fit over a stud;

      Hook-and-eye type fasteners: straps with a hook at the end that fits into an “eyelet”.

Fasteners must be one-directional, that is, the fastener must be attached directly from one side of the boot to the other side and may not wrap around the entire boot; no mechanism permitting the fastener to double back on itself is permitted.

No additional elements may be added to or inserted in the boot itself.

2.6 For implementation as of 1 January 2020: Only hind boots used as described in the JRs Art. 257.2.4 and 257.2.5, may be used at FEI Jumping Events for Juniors, Young Riders and U-25. 

For implementation as of 1 January 2021: Only hind boots used as described in the JRs Art. 257.2.4 and 257.2.5, may be used at FEI Jumping Events." 

Changes have also been made when it comes to young horses competing; now OCs can have classes also for five-year-old horses. Also the rules for dress, protective headgear and salute have been losened up; competition jacket can from now on be of any colour. 


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