The FEI eventing committee is considering recommending that riders do not automatically receive 21 cross-country penalties for breaking a frangible pin.

Last week, riders petitioned the committee, calling for a change to the rule.

It is now considering an amendment, which suggests that penalties are only added if the ground jury feels that a horse would have fallen or stopped had the pin not broken.

If agreed, it will be put forward for consideration by the FEI bureau on 8 June.

This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (24 May 2012)