New rules have been circulating regarding the new ruling about riding with a whip. Below The Horse Exchange set out the exact conditions for carrying a whip.
WHIP – 102.9
No rider may carry, use or permit to be used a whip other than as detailed below, in the arena, the collecting ring or anywhere on, or in the immediate vicinity of the showground. Only one whip may be carried and no substitute for a whip may be carried. A whip, if carried must be held in the hand by the handle with the handle at the top.
- The maximum length is 70cm and must be no less than 45cm
- There must be no ‘binding’ within 17 centimeters of the end of the pad
- The minimum diameter for the shaft is 1 centimeter and the shaft should run through the entirety
- The overall weight must not exceed 160 grams and the weight should be evenly distributed throughout the full length
- The contact area is considered to be 2/5’s (40%) of the overall length and must be covered with a pad
- The pad must be smooth, with no protrusion or raised surface, and be made of shock absorbing material throughout its circumference such that it gives a compression factor of at least 6mm. There is to be no wording, advertising or personalisation of any kind on the pad.
Table showing the comparison between the length of the whip and the required minimum length of the pad in centimetres
|Whip Length in centimeters||Minimum length of pad in centimeters|