Riding Crop Proposal

Background:  The ARCI, in modifying its Model Rule pertaining to the use of the riding crop, adopted certain changes contingent upon agreeing on a definition of the term “chance to respond”.    The proposed definition to be considered by the committee follows:

“Chance to Respond” is defined as one or more of the following actions by a jockey:

  1. Pausing the use of the riding crop on their horse before resuming again; OR
  2. Pushing on their horse with a rein in each hand keeping the riding crop in the up or down position; OR
  3. Showing the horse the riding crop without making contact; OR
  4. Moving the riding crop from one hand to the other.


Please see the full petition:

Chance to respond_petition for Dec 2017_final

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