Spectator Rules for Eventing

by

Diana Walker

Author's Note:  Want to learn more about Eventing?  Go to the official United States Eventing Association website.


I cannot believe that none of the official sites have spectator rules.  God knows the individual venues are not equipped to write their own.

No wonder we are not a more popular sport - no advertising and no way to make the stray non-participant feel comfortable.

Dressage

Dressage
Turn your phone off or to vibrate
No talking while ride is going on
Quiet talking between rides is permitted
Sit in the grandstands if available
Sit or stand back from the rail if grandstands are not available
Do NOT crowd the in gate
Try not to ride the test with your rider.  You do not want to share the humiliation
Quiet applause is appropriate at the end of each ride


Cross country
Turn your phone off or to vibrate
Do not point directions to anyone. It can be considered giving aid
Stand in the open
Do not stand in the trail. Riders will run you down, and no one will tell on them
Stand quietly wherever you are
If you see a horse coming and other spectators do not, shout “Heads up” or “Horse coming” ONLY loud enough for them to hear
Stay alert and know where the horses are at all times
If you are near a jump, stand behind the jump judge until a horse is past
Walk wherever you are going on course
All officials wear badges. The appropriate answer to any order they give you is “Yes, sir or ma'am.” Do what they say quietly and quickly. If they don't kill you for disobedience, I will


Stadium
Turn your phone off or to vibrate
No talking while ride is going on
Quiet talking between rides is permitted
Sit in the grandstands if available
Sit or stand back from the rail if grandstands are not available
Do NOT crowd the in gate
Try not to ride the course with your rider.  You don't want to share the humiliation
Applause is appropriate at the end of each ride


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