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July 16, 2014

Lamaze Disqualified After Winning Aachen Youngsters Cup

Hind boots worn on a horse at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Photo by Kat Netzler.

After he was initially announced as the winner of the Aachen Sparkassen Youngsters Cup in Germany on July 15, Eric Lamaze was eliminated due to incorrect hind fetlock boots on his mount Check Picobello Z. Germany’s Denis Nielsen on Special One 2 won the class after Lamaze’s disqualification. reported the hind boots on Check Picobello Z were not allowed in young jumper classes.

Fédération Equestre Internationale rules state: “The following criteria must be respected in relation to hind boots worn in international Young Horses Competitions: The inside of the protection must be smooth. Only non-elastic Velcro-type fasteners are permitted; no hooks, buckles, clips or other methods of attaching the fasteners may be used; the rounded rigid part of the protection must be placed around the inside of the fetlock; no additional elements may be used in conjunction with the protection.”

New regulations regarding hind boots, which state hind boots must be removed and then replaced in the presence of a steward in the warm-up arena before entering the competition ring, became effective July 1. 

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