As some teams were unfortunately misdirected at the start of today’s Endurance ride, the competition will be stopped at the first vet gate and re-started as a 120-kilometer championship. In order to ensure that all horses are fit to compete they will all go through the vet check. Only horse that have passed the vet check will be allowed to compete. No substitutions of horses will be allowed.
The restart of the ride will take place 45 minutes after the last horse has been inspected at the vet gate.
As there is no possibility to reschedule the ride tomorrow, the President of the Ground Jury, President of the Veterinary Commission, Foreign Veterinary Delegate and the Organizing Committee agree that this was the only pragmatic solution.
This is in line with the preamble to the FEI Endurance Rules which state: “in any unforeseen or exceptional circumstances, it is the duty of the Ground Jury and the Veterinarians to make a decision in a sporting spirit and approaching, as nearly as possible, to the intention of these rules and of the General Rules of the FEI.”
This information has been communicated to all chefs d’equipe.