Technical delegate ‘TD’ ..at club events Mike Watts Where does TD fit in? Organising Committee President of Jury Judges TD Course Designer Stewards Safety Officer (UK) At national events At club events At club events Often, TD takes PoJ role ….maybe more Still need more than one “pair of eyes” TD’s role – early Approve all admin arrangements, from appointment to end of event Accommodation, catering, training and exercise areas all ‘adequate and suitable’ TD’s role - before Inspect arenas and courses; ensure in accordance with rules Ensure course and obstacles are fair and safe ..and that local knowledge does not give an advantage to locals Instruct Organising Committee and Course Designer to make any alterations he considers necessary. Briefing TD’s role – event +PoJ Ensure timekeepers, stewards, scorers are correctly instructed in their duties, Report to PoJ when course is ready Continue to supervise the technical conduct of the event …after PoJ has assumed control. TD’s role – club event Declare course is open Ensure timekeepers, stewards, scorers are briefed Supervise the technical conduct of the event …including rules decisions, eliminations, horse welfare. Fix problems!! Diplomat….. TD - exceptions TD - specifics In exceptional circumstances, the minimum time required for the Compulsory Rest may be increased at the discretion of the Ground Jury TD - specifics 942.3.3 Obstacle “may exceed 250m in exceptional circumstances at discretion of TD” TD - specifics 942.3.3 Obstacle entry/exit “not less than 20m from nearest lettered gate unless the TD grants an exception” TD - specifics 942.3.3 Obstacle “may exceed 250m in exceptional circumstances at discretion of TD” TD - specifics Crowd barrier, if used, no closer than 20m to nearest obstacle element unless TD grants exception TD - specifics Whole course (E only UK) must be open for inspection, except under exceptional circumstances, when Organisers have the option not to open Sections A to D for inspection, with the agreement of the Technical Delegate. TD - specifics Cones arena should be not less than 12m x 70m. If not possible.. number of cones must be reduced unless TD grants exception (UK no exception allowed). TD - specifics Cones bridge; TD exception to solid sides TD – no free-for-all These Rules cannot provide for every eventuality. In any unforeseen or exceptional circumstances it is the duty of the Ground Jury to reach a decision in the spirit of the sport, taking into consideration whether advantage has been gained and the Welfare of the Horse. Their decision should reflect as closely as possible the intention of these Rules and the FEI General Regulations. TD’s role Ensure event is safe fair / right pleasant!