There are two proposed rule changes that would change both the speed and difficulty at BN - Training, you can read about the rule proposals here.
Reasoning behind these changes is stated as
The changes for the cross-country speeds is to better relate the speed required to the jumping effort required. It has been observed that horses moving
forward at a reasonable pace for these levels have either had to slow down and circle or have gained speed faults.The change of speed at which speed faults are calculated is to have one meaningful speed that competitors can learn and remember.The change of heights of two obstacles in the jumping test is to start to relate the standard of US jumping to the World standard at these levels.Note: The heights for spreads will proportionally increase by 5 cm (2") as the spreads are related to the heights.
To more clearly define the progression of difficulty in the cross-country and jumping tests as a horse/rider moves up through the levels. In particular, the changes are recommended in order to prepare horses and riders to make the step from Training to Preliminary.
Evention Nation also has a blog post up about this subject.
Anyone who feels like this would have a negative impact on our sport should feel free to write Sheila Costello of the USEF firstname.lastname@example.org to voice your opinion.
I did, and my email is as follows...
forward at a reasonable pace for these levels have either had to slow down and circle or have gained speed faults.