The USAT national board just passed this revision of the USAT Rule Book, Article III, General Rules and Conduct, Rule 3.2, regarding the Athena and Clyde class. The resolution passed on April 2.
"The weight standards will commence in effect on January 1, 2013.
Female weight class (Athena) 165 pounds
Male weight class (Clydesdale) 220 pounds"
As most of you know, the prior weight minimums for these classes of racing were 150 (Athena) and 200 (Clydesdale). I was blown away by the response I received on Facebook and direct emails about this change.
*Note: this will not go into effect until NEXT year, and the official Rule Change has not been published yet. I will pass along when I have it...