FEI Adopts Dressage ‘Blood Rule’ at General Assembly
The 24th edition of the FEI Rules for Dressage Events, adopted during the recent FEI General Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey, finally puts an end to the “blood rule controversy.” It clearly states that any horse with “fresh blood” on its body will be definitively eliminated from the competition.
“If the Judge at C suspects fresh blood anywhere on the horse during the test, he will stop the horse to check for blood,” reads the new Article 430.7.6 of the rules. “If the horse shows fresh blood, it will be eliminated. The elimination is final.”
Horses deemed to be free of fresh blood during this inspection by the judge, however, will be allowed to continue the competition, according to the
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