We in eventer-land have our own set of interesting new rule changes for 2014 season (effective 12/1/2013). Check out a full summary here. But of most interest is the change to section EV141 "Cross County Scoring" which boils down to:
We're allowed to fall off!!
Okay, okay, so it's more technical than that of course.
Specifically, we are discussing rider falls at or relating to presenting the horse to an obstacle. Previously, any rider fall relating to an obstacle was Elimination. But now, for Beginner Novice and Novice levels only, if you fall and land on your feet and remain standing, you get 65 penalty points and may continue on course. Any 2nd fall is Elimination (regardless of landing on feet, etc).
I foresee more flying dismount lessons around the country! And potentially some complications with activated air vests!
Again, these are falls specifically related to flagged obstacles as part of your course. As before, if you fall off (or dismount) in between jumps, or over a jump that isn't part of your course (yes, you ARE allowed to jump things that aren't part of your course), there is no penalty and you can keep going. Nothing has changed with that.
To brighten your hump day, I leave you with this amazing save by Karen O'Connor (then Lende) at Rolex many years back: