The Start Rule has been amended and starts at the comp will be according to the IMGA 2020 Rule Book.  Attention in particular to:

 

CR22.2    – The Referee blows the whistle to let

riders know that the arena is prepared for the start. The

Referee raises the flag. The riders are called forward,

they will then pause and be prepared to stand behind the

Start line and the race is started by the drop of the flag.

 

CR22. 8 –  Once the flag is raised it’s the rider’s responsibility to be facing the right way.  No more raising their hand to hold the start unless it is for pony welfare.

 

 

The start

CR22.1. The Referee alone decides whether the start is fair. If it is

not, the Referee blows the whistle and the race is

restarted.

 

CR22.2. All riders and ponies must be behind the Penalty line for

the start of the race. The Referee blows the whistle to let

riders know that the arena is prepared for the start. The

Referee raises the flag. The riders are called forward,

they will then pause and be prepared to stand behind the

Start line and the race is started by the drop of the flag.

 

CR22.3. Any pony which crosses the Start line before the flag is

dropped is sent back behind the Penalty line by the

Referee.

 

CR22.4. If a pony which has been sent back crosses the Penalty

line before the start of the race they may be eliminated at

the end of the race.

 

CR22.5. A pony or rider is deemed to have crossed the start or

penalty line if any one of their feet are above, on or over

the start finish line.

 

CR22.6. A rider crossing the Penalty line before the start may

correct this error as with any other line fault.

 

CR22.7. If the Referee orders a pony to be sent back for causing a

false start, the Team Trainer has the opportunity to

replace that pony with another member of the team or

pair. However, the rider must still start from the Penalty

line. If a race is re-run or restarted any teams, pairs or

individuals who have been sent back to the Penalty line

by the referee must still start from the Penalty line.

 

CR22.8. If a rider is not ready, he/she may raise his/her hand. A

referee will not raise the flag if a rider has his/her hand

raised. Once the flag is raised however and the riders are

under starter’s orders, only the referee will decide when

to start the race and it is the responsibility of the rider to

ensure they are facing forwards and ready to start.