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Electronic Devices at Shows

According to Equestrian Canada (EC) regulations, earphones, earbuds and/or other electronic devices are strictly prohibited in the hunter/jumper competition arena, and such usage is penalized by elimination. Otherwise, the use of only one earphone/earbud is allowed while mounted everywhere else on the grounds. This rule went back and forth for a couple of years. The rationale was that with two buds in the ears, safety was compromised, especially in the warmup arenas. If a horse is behaving badly or if someone yells “loose horse” or “heads up,” it is thought that when at least one ear is open, warnings are more likely to be heard. Dressage rules state that earbuds are allowed in warmup areas only, but are forbidden in competition. They are also allowed with two-way communication devices (between coach and rider) but unlike hunter/jumper, dressage does allow two earbuds during warmups and schooling. It should be noted that…

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