Rules and Regulations - Changes and Updates
21 Apr 2017
Novice Rodeo Competitor Requirement’s
As a result of recent events where Novice Competitors have competed without the mandatory helmet and vest we extend this timely reminder to ALL Novice Competitor’s that it is a requirement that while competing they must wear a helmet.
Those riders found to be in breach of the rules in recent times have had fines applied and any future Novice Competitors competing without a helmet and vest will also have fines applied.
Please void any future unpleasantness by ensuring that the rules are complied with.
ALL Competitors and in fact ALL Personnel involved with ABCRA sanctioned events need to seriously consider their position in relation to possible transportation by Ambulance, this includes by air.
ABCRA’s insurance policies DO NOT include any Ambulance cover at all and with the associated high cost in the event that you are transported by Ambulance without any cover, Competitors and Personnel are strongly advised to take out their own private Ambulance cover.
Some members will have some level of Ambulance cover included with their Private Health Insurance and we urge those members to double check the level that the cover provides. Some covers do not view a broken arm or leg as a Category 1 incident and therefore transportation by Ambulance is not covered. Category 1 incidents are defined as serious or life threatening.
Again, we urge ALL Competitors and Members to ensure that they are adequately covered in the event that they require transportation by any form of Ambulance.
Please note, that as paid contractors at an ABCRA sanctioned event, Stock Contractors and their Personnel are NOT covered under ABCRA’s Personal Accident and Public Liability Policies. We strongly recommend that all Stock Contractors, if they haven’t already done so, secure Public Liability cover for at least $5 million and Personal Accident cover for themselves and their staff.
There is one current action that we are aware of against a Stock Contractor in relation to a Rodeo incident and fortunately the Contractor involved has the necessary cover.
Protection Clowns, Comedy Clowns and Pick Up Personnel
ABCRA approved Arena Personnel which includes Judges, Chute Bosses, Gate Pullers, Protection Athletes, Comedy Clowns and Pick Up Riders while performing their duties ARE covered by ABCRA’s Personal Accident and Public Liability Insurances.
Barrel Race Course Setting – Effective 21.4.2017
Where a Ladies Barrel Race is split into sections, the last two (2) competitors on the draw for the first section are responsible for setting the course. Failure to do so will result in fines being applied automatically.
Where a Ladies Barrel Race is run in one section the existing rule still applies. Failure to do so will result in fines being applied automatically.
In Junior Barrel Racing, the last two (2) competitors in the 14-18 years Barrel Race are responsible for setting the course for all Junior Barrel racing events. Failure to do so will result in fines being applied automatically.
Rookie Rule Change for Clarification - Rookie Rule G.3 - Effective 21.4.2017
- A Rookie is a competitor whose life time earnings have not exceeded $4,500.00 (inclusive of any National Finals earnings) at the commencement of a points year.
- For all events except Bull Riding, a competitor may compete in either Novice or Open competition until they have achieved life time earnings of $4,500.00. Only monies won in Open competition will count towards a Rookie Title, or breaking Rookie status.
Note: In Bull Riding, competitors must have achieved a minimum of $1000.00 in life time earnings to be eligible to compete in Open events.
- A competitor may continue to nominate as a Rookie for an individual event until they achieve life time earnings of $4,500.00.
- To be eligible to compete for a Rookie Title, a competitor must advise ABCRA by lodging a Rookie Nomination Form not later than 30th June in any year.
- The year in which a competitor achieves lifetime earnings of $4,500.00 in an event ceases to be eligible to nominate as a Rookie in that event.
- To be eligible for an All Round Rookie Title, the competitor must lodge a nomination form with ABCRA Head Office and gain points in two or more events in that points year. The All Round Rookie title will be awarded to the highest aggregate point earner (inclusive of any National Finals earnings).
If there are no competitors nominated for the All Round Rookie title with money earnings in two or more events, the All Round Rookie title will be awarded to the competitor with the highest earnings in an individual event.
- If a competitor wins an All Round Rookie title, they cease to be eligible for any other Event Rookie Title in future years.
- If a competitor has broken their Rookie status in any individual event, they are not eligible to nominate for an All Round Rookie Title.
- A competitor can only win one Rookie title per event.
- Winning a Zone Rookie, Event or All Round title does not disqualify the competitor from eligibility for a National Event or All Round Rookie title.
- Any competitor breaking into open status under previous ABCRA Rookie Rules is not eligible to nominate under the new ABCRA Rookie rule.
Members coming from other Associations:
- A rodeo competitor joining the ABCRA is required to declare their status with any other Association and commences with the status attained in ANY other Association.