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George Bowman
Username: George

Post Number: 7
Registered: 08-2008
Posted on Tuesday, 10 October, 2017 - 12:13 pm:   

I was speaking to an high ranking official from the National Championships at Cirencester

I was appalled to here that there was a problem with several competitors, bad behaviour, bad language and abuse being aimed at helpers and officials.
Two of the perpetrators are member of British Carriagedriving Council, they should know better.

One Council members vehicle was parked less than a half a metre from a caravan, when he was asked to move by an official, the undignified reply he got from the council member, was F_ _K OFF
and the other Council Member used bad language towards the weigh bridge official.

As an event organizer and a competitor, I know that these events will not happen with out voluntary help,and if we had to pay the minimum wage for there time, entre fees would be in the region of 1000 per competitor.

It is hard enough to get stewards,helpers and judges to come to events and help for free with out them being verbally abused.

At any other event, yellow cards would have been issued, or a public disciplinary handed out,

Just because the National championships are organized by British Carriagedriving does not mean that the Council can sweep disciplinary action under the carpet.

Council Members should be there to show a good example and set standards, the message that is being put out, is that if you are on the British Carriage Driving Council you get away with unacceptable behaviour.

If this trend is allowed to go unchecked in the UK what happens when some of the perpetrators have aggressive exchanges with officials when they are representing GB at World Championships and international events.

You can not have one set of rules for the rank and file Members and another set for Council Members.

As a reminder I have copied the rule below to help the Council with there decision

Where there is abuse of horses in any form, or incorrect behaviour towards event officials or any other party connected to the event, the President of the Ground Jury, the Technical Delegate or the Steward, if appointed under Article 911, instead of instituting the procedures foreseen in the Legal System, may deliver to the Person Responsible, either by hand or by any other suitable means, a Yellow Warning Card.

Should the same Person Responsible receive one more Yellow Warning Card at the same or any other National Event within one year of the delivery of the first Yellow Warning Card, the Person Responsible shall be automatically suspended for a period of two (2) months immediately following the event at which the Person Responsible is competing. The British Carriagedriving Council shall be responsible to notify the Person Responsible of such suspension.

Food for Thought

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