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Rider licensing was on the agenda at the eventing round table at Lausanne.

Course-designers, organisers, riders and trainers discussed ideas for testing more thoroughly whether a rider is able to ride in higher level events.

FEI eventing chairman Guiseppe della Chiesa said future rule changes must emphasise a rider’s personal responsibility for their own safety.

“The qualifying system has created a thinking that you are competent and you are almost urged to upgrade,” he said.

“Some people may be great two-star riders, but should not go three-star. We must find a way to make it clear that if and when you upgrade is a matter for the rider under the control of their national federation.”

Equally, riders could be downgraded for two falls in a 12-month rolling period.

However, further safety-led proposals to reduce speeds at CICs to 20 metres per minute less than CCIs were not favoured by technical delegates Mike Etherington-Smith, Roger Haller of the USA and Rudiger Schwarz of Germany.

This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (10 May 2012)

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