(1) The time recorded for the first horse to cross the finish line shall be the official time of the race. The time recorded may be the time recorded by an electric timing device. Any electric timing device must be of a type approved by the board.
(2) In all quarter horse races in Montana where qualifiers for the finals are determined by time trials, an electric timer shall be utilized. In the event that the electric timer fails, qualifiers for the finals will be determined by hand times. Hand times will be calculated and utilized according to the American Quarter Horse Association recommended procedures for time trials published January 1, 2002, and incorporated herein by reference. A copy may be obtained from the American Quarter Horse Association, P.O. Box 200, Amarillo, Texas 79168.
(3) Each racing association conducting a race meet consisting in part of quarter horse stakes races with finalists determined by time trials shall appoint, license and assign the persons to serve in the hand timer capacities. These persons must present themselves to the stewards 30 minutes prior to the start of the first trial race and remain until all trial races are completed.
History: 23-4-202, MCA; IMP, 23-4-201, MCA; Eff. 12/31/72; AMD, Eff. 5/4/74; AMD, Eff. 4/4/77; AMD, 1979 MAR p. 39, Eff. 1/26/79; AMD, 1981 MAR p. 423, Eff. 5/1/81; TRANS, from Dept. of Prof. & Occup. Lic., Ch. 274, L. 1981, Eff. 7/1/81; AMD, 1998 MAR p. 1156, Eff. 5/1/98; TRANS & AMD, from Dept. of Commerce, 2002 MAR p. 1500, Eff. 5/17/02; TRANS, from 32.28.610, 2015 MAR p. 2252, Eff. 12/25/15.