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This page has information for Ground Juries on dealing with protests and complaints at ESNZ Events
On the day and up to 60 minutes after the completion of the competition.
Complaints can only be made during the event to the Ground Jury and before 60 minutes after the end of the event.
Protests are basically concerning the competition – anything that may unfairly affect the outcome or results. Complaints cover everything that can’t be protested – misconduct, abuse – of the horse, an official, another competitor, conduct which is generally unbecoming of the sport.
No, while it is preferable to use the forms provided on the ESNZ website, a protest or complaint can still be accepted if not on the form, as long as it is in writing and providing the same information as the official form asks for.
Preferably not as that could conflict the GJ member. It would be wise to advise them to discuss with the TD or Chief Steward, who is not part of the GJ.
No, this would fall under GR Article 139.12
Protests concerning the cross-country obstacles or course in Eventing must be lodged no later than 6pm on the day before the relevant Competition.
Yes, provided it was recorded and obtained within the rules
GR Article 151.4 applies:
While riding at any showgrounds/competition venue, or ESNZ venue, the use of properly fastened approved, tagged protective headgear will be mandatory. This includes award ceremonies where riders are mounted.
And GR Article 151.5 should be applied (ie written warning for first offence).
The opposing rider needs to put in a complaint – this can be done on the day, to the GJ. It is then up to the GJ to decide what to do.
A complaint does not necessarily need to be made for you to act on any witnessed form of horse abuse. However, don’t act alone in dealing with this. If the abuse is ongoing (ie excessive use of the whip) then you should stop it immediately. Next you should bring it to the attention of the Ground Jury who will talk to the rider/member committing the abuse and make a decision on how this should be appropriately dealt with.