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Ask the Steward: helmets, complaints, abuse and more

Is it okay to remove your helmet for the prize-giving, photos, anthem or victory gallop following a jumping class? I have heard you can be eliminated if your helmet is off, or even undone. In EC classes it is not permissible to undo or remove your helmet. First offense is a warning, second offense is disqualification and forfeiture of prize monies (G902). In FEI competitions, senior competitors are allowed to remove their hats to receive prizes or ribbons, during a national anthem, or any other ceremonial protocol. I often hear parents loudly complaining about the judging at shows to anyone who will listen. This seems inappropriate, especially in front of kids. Can something be done about this? Yes! If the parent is the “person responsible” and is a sport license holder, a yellow card can be issued. At the very least, a strong verbal warning citing inappropriate behaviour is warranted…

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