2013 Rider Representatives - Bill Kirk, Mary Busch, and Kristine Haut
The Rider Representative attends or appoints an alternate to attend all events. The purpose is to provide a vehicle for riders to communicate with event organizers or to find out where to go for various types of assistance. The name of the Rider Representative (or alternate) must be posted on the scoreboard, along with instructions for contact. Riders wishing to make a point with regard to a jump, or the course itself, or any facet of the competition, should do so through the Rider Representative.
The Rider Representative, however, does not handle protests. Competitors wishing to put in a protest must do so as indicated in EC Rules. EC Rules will always supersede any authority of the Competitions Committee or rider Representative. Any complaints regarding an event should be given to the Rider Representative to bring to the attention of the Competitions Committee and the AHTA, who can then open discussions with those concerned. The Rider Representative should also be able to direct riders to the appropriate people or officials to obtain assistance where needed. In order to protect against liability situations, the Rider Representative must be careful not to dispense advice with regard to coaching techniques or the giving of instruction, but rather is to direct competitors to the right source in order to find the help they may need.