BLOG 33. Unfortunately, rules do not cover every circumstance at a dressage event. What to do if there are omissions in the Dressage Rules or if they do not cover exceptional circumstances.
In accordance with the FEI Dressage Rules, “Every eventuality cannot be provided for in these Dressage Rules.”
In Dressage, as in any other sport and even in legal relations, we have to use rules to interpret the laws in cases where no specific provision applies.
Therefore, “In any unforeseen or exceptional circumstances, it is the duty of the Ground Jury or the relevant person or body to make a decision in a sporting spirit, by approaching as near as possible the intention of the Dressage Rules and of the FEI GRs.”
As a consequence, officials have to decide by following:
- Similar rules in the Dressage Rules.
- FEI General Regulations and other Rules and Regulations of the FEI.
- And if after doing so, no specific provision can be applied, officials have to make a decision in a sporting spirit, following the intention of the Dressage rules and of the FEI General Regulations.
Many time not an easy task, and this is where officials have to apply wisdom, sportsmanship and general knowledge of the sport.