P1 – Pace Race 250m

P1-Pace Race 250m

This test is performed on the pace track, in two or more heats.

Eligible horses

Combinations starting in this race are excluded from P3 at the same event.

Withdrawal from heats

If a rider wants to withdraw from a round, he has to inform the secretariat before the relevant round is going to start.

Withdrawal after this time limit will only be accepted if the horse or rider is declared unfit by a veterinary surgeon or a doctor; otherwise the horse is disqualified from the test in question.


Up to four horses proceed to the start. In case of disagreement in the first round, the judge at the start decides about the starting places. All riders are marked with distinct colours. Any rider may have two helpers. Helpers should wear an approved helmet and no whips are allowed. If the start has not been declared after 10 minutes, the horse preventing the start from taking place must move back a few steps. If after a further 5 minutes the start has not been declared because of the same horse, the horse will be eliminated from that heat. The ready-to-start must be declared by the judge standing on the finishing line, holding the starting flag up in the middle of the track at a level with the finishing line. At the starter’s signal, the riders ride to the 50 m marker in any gait they wish. From there to the finish the horse must be in racing pace. There will be two or four rounds all in all, but not more than two per day.

Start with start boxes or automated starting machines

When starting boxes or automated starting machines are used all riders are allowed 2.0 minutes to bring their horses into a start box; the start should be performed not later than 30 seconds after the last horse has entered its start box. If a rider doesn’t succeed within this time limit, he is eliminated from the specific round.

Helpers are not allowed to leave the ground; they have to have at least one foot on the ground, without exception. If the helpers don’t meet the requirements, the rider is eliminated.

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1Konráð Valur Sveinsson21.770
2Charlotte Cook22.010
3Markus Albrecht Schoch22.033


Starting order

Before the first round, lots are drawn in order to set the starting order. In the second to the fourth round, those riders start together who’s finishing times in the previous heat were nearest to one another. This means that the first starting group will be composed of the up to then slowest horses, the second group of the second slowest etc. If equal starting groups cannot be formed, the slowest group always starts with less horses, if necessary, individually. If several horses are not rated, allocation of the horses to the starting groups will be decided by drawing lots.

The rider in the fastest (last) position in a starting group has to decide before the start group is called into the start boxes (or at the starting line) which box (or position) the rider prefers, with no right of change the moment the starting procedure has started. At the starting line the horse must stand quietly, straight and in the direction of the finish. Other starting positions can be allowed (e.g. horse standing diagonally), if the rider informs the other riders of his starting group and is allowed by the starter to do so. If a horse was obstructed at the start and could not start for this reason, the starter can allow it to start alone. This will not count as a false start. As soon as all horses are standing still and in the direction of the finish, the start can be signalled. The starter should stand on some sort of elevation about 3 m outside the track and one to two meters in front of the riders. He gives a visual signal (two-coloured flag if possible) and an acoustic (voice) signal.

The meaning is as follows:

  • Flag raised: attention, start can be any time
  • Flag lowered: go !

Video: Lutz Lesener


Nine judges are needed.

A minimum of five judges is required at WorldRanking events.  The other positions may be filled using pace assistants. Pace assistants should be properly trained and approved by their national association.

  • one judge stands at the starting line;
  • judge two and three or one judge and a pace assistant stand at the 50 m mark on each side of the track;
  • the fourth judge or pace assistant stands between the 50 m and 100 m marker;
  • the fifth judge or pace assistant stands between the 100 m and 150 m marker;
  • the sixth judge or pace assistant stands between the 150 m and 200 m marker;
  • the seventh judge or pace assistant stands between the 200 m and 250 m marker;
  • judge eight and nine or one judge and a pace assistant stand at the finishing line on each side of the track.

When start boxes are used one extra judge or pace assistant is needed to supervise the starting procedure behind the starting line. The judges or pace assistants have coloured flags in the same colours as the riders. If elimination is necessary, the judge or pace assistant will show the relevant colour, if the horse’s run is OK, he will show a white flag.


Each rider must be clearly identifiable.

Active leg aids are allowed in the race. Any aids to urge the horse to go faster, which could distract the other riders taking part, are forbidden. If a rider obstructs other riders, his horse’s time will not count. Horses waiting for the next heat must stand at least 30 m behind the finishing line.

Upon request, the Chief Judge can allow a horse that has been distracted to have an extra start alone.

Check the FEIF Rules and Regulations document for further details.