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: Area 4 Winter Nov & Int Dressage Qualifier 2020

Good evening all,

Sadly due the escalating Corona Virus situation within our area, the collective decision has been made to postpone the planned qualifier at Bishop Burton 17/10/2020 for BRC Novice & Intermediate Dressage Championships.

The decision has not been made lightly, and has taken into consideration all of the following factors.
We have a duty of care to the safety and well being to all involved. The restrictions facing the organisation of the event, to keep within the law and guidelines, has in turn imposed difficult restrictions on the numbers of entries ( bums on seats) we are able to run during the day.
Historic entries were much lower than the entries received for 2020. We did ask clubs to reduce their numbers, however the returns were still very high so sadly we had to suggest an acceptable number. We know this didn’t suit some clubs but there was no other way.
Because of the way the split/options of am and pm test were offered, it made selection of teams difficult, and this has been acknowledged.

No one has a crystal ball as to the where the Coronavirus will be in the months ahead, but hopefully we will have a clearer picture once into the new year.
We propose to run a qualifier for both the Novice & Intermediate Championships in the new year 2021. A date and venue will be published ASAP.

A new entry form will be sent out to the clubs and the proposal is to run on 1 or 2 days to accommodate entries.
We fully and completely appreciate all the cooperation, support and patience shown from all the clubs, which we hope you will pass onto all your members. These decisions may seem last minute, however the goal posts change at short notice.

BRC have the Winter Dressage Championships in place in 2021, but who knows what is around the corner. Rest assured area 4 will provide a qualifier for the WD 2021 Championships.

If any club has payed area entry fees ( not due until tomorrow), these will either be refunded or carried over. If anyone has payed prelim fees to BRC, these will be refunded, but must be requested by clubs.

We know that many members have been doing extra training, organised 6 month vaccinations and made plans, but we are in unprecedented times where it is difficult to predict or have set rules.

If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

We all miss meeting up and hopefully it won’t be too long before we can get back together. In the mean time stay safe and look after each other.


Area 4 Chair


Please find attached the forms and info for the Dressage Camp at Manor Grange. Please could you forward to your members.
All the info needed is on the forms. Any questions please get in touch with Margaret Smith.

Dressage Camp @ Manor Grange. August 2020 

We are living in very strange and different times, and as such it has been very hard to plan and arrange equestrian activities.  

We have been given the go ahead to run a ‘camp’ with strict observations of the Government & BRC Covid-19 Guidelines.

We are still mindful of some local areas are in lockdown and this has had a part to play in the delay.

This has been on hold since the dates were released earlier in the year.  The dates were published and we have a list of interested members. To book a place, please can you complete the form, pay your fee and return to me ASAP (closing date 17/8/2020).

Camp 1. Will run 20th & 21st August. – Cost per horse £215

Camp 2. Will run 22nd & 23rd August. – Cost per horse £215

This is to give members the choice of weekday or weekend. If you wish to do all 4 days then that is fine.

The trainers booked are Claire Marie Senior & Andrew Day. Both trainers have a wealth of knowledge and experience both as trainers and as competitors.

Please state your choice of trainer on your form.

What is included:

All arena and parking / camping facilities.

2 sessions each day ( 4 sessions in total) with the trainer of your choice. One of which could be a test riding session if you wish. You can discuss and make a plan with your trainer.

We are allowed to stay over, but there will be no shower facilities available.  Members will need to provide their own breakfast and lunch for both days. An evening meal can be ordered ( on a separate form) from Manor Grange, and this will be cooked on site.   BBQ’s will be permitted if they are away from the stable area and any buildings. ( please be mindful of taking all you rubbish


There will be a presentation / demo on each of the sleepover nights for everyone in camp. 

Stabling is available @ £25 per Stable used,  so if you are overnight it will be £25 ( this also covers your day time stabling). If you are travelling both days and want day time only stabling, it will be £25 for the duration of camp.

There will be a starter bed in the stable, and only shavings will be permitted. You will need to provide your own Hay / Haylage and hard feed for the duration of camp, and bring your own mucking out tools.

Non-riding members in camp – You will be allowed to bring non riding members but they will need to complete a form and return it with your camp booking form with their details for Government & NHS Track & Track  purposes.

All sports are being closely watched, and to enable the sport that we love to be back up and running, it is important to be sensible at all times and observe the social distancing guidelines. 

Manor Grange are making every effort to have all safety measures in place and to accommodate us.  let’s hope the weather is kind for camping! 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  I know this is last minute but the dates have been out a while and at least we can run. 🥳  Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Mags – 07905692423

British Riding Clubs Update 13.05.2020 COVID-19

British Riding Clubs Update 13.05.2020 COVID-19

Update Following guidance for recreational sport and exercise from the Sport & Recreation Alliance and Sport England, the BHS has issued some further advice for riding schools, facility centres, livery yards and coaches. The full update can be found on the BHS website here: In line with this new guidance,

BRC can now provide all members, clubs and areas with the following updates, effective from today, 13th May 2020. It should be noted that whilst the government are producing regular updates, these then require careful consideration and interpretation in order to make the guidance relevant to our individual sector. The following updates are BRC’s current interpretation of the most recent government guidance and are subject to change, as and when government advice is updated. As guidance changes and we can start to introduce more BRC organised activities, BRC will support clubs and areas by issuing a Datasheet with considerations for safely resuming activities, along with a template COVID-19 risk assessment. These will be issued once we think the resumption of more activity is likely, so that organisers have time to fully prepare.

England Only •

Riding – In England is now encouraged, as long as social distancing and public health, hygiene and biosecurity requirements are followed. It should also be noted that riders should consider the risk of their activity, and only partake in activities where it is safe to do so, taking into account both the horse and riders’ capabilities. Riding includes the following details:

Ø Lessons and Training – Latest government guidance states that you may only exercise in groups of no more than two, unless you are exclusively with members of your household. Therefore, coaches are advised to provide lessons to individuals only, not to groups or household groups, and social distancing must apply. Individuals may now organise their own lessons, but no BRC organised training or clinics are currently permitted. Please see the Q&A for further information.

Ø Hacking – This may be done with members of your own household, or one other individual from another household, as long as social distancing is observed.

Ø Locations – Any exercise taken must currently be outdoors only.

Ø Travelling – Traveling both with and without your horse, is now allowed for exercising, training or facility hire. However, travel should not take place across borders into Scotland or Wales, due to their differing travel restrictions. The government do not specify any limits on distance travelled at this time.

Ø Facility Hire – From today, many facility centres are now able to open for outdoor facility hire, which you can now use.

Online Competitions – BRC organised online ridden competitions can now resume. BRC will be re-starting their leagues with Interdressage once again, for current, ridden dressage tests. If members / clubs / areas wish to also organise or partake in online jumping events, this is permitted as long as the appropriate risk assessments have been carried out that deem it to be a safe activity to resume. However, BRC will not be resuming our official jumping leagues at this time. We are aware that British Dressage do not permit their dressage tests to be used for online activities without a license. BRC have therefore re-published the BRC dressage tests that we have used in the past and these are available for free use, to help with running online competitions. The tests can be found on our website, and the scoresheets are on the BHS Cloud for free download and printing. Please feel free to use these resources as required.

• Other BRC Activities – Apart from the online competitions mentioned above, no other BRC activities are currently permitted.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland • Riding – In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is now encouraged but only individually or exclusively with members of your own household. However, it is recognised that any riding activity should only be carried out in accordance with the specific government guidelines which can be found here for Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, These include: Ø Current travel restrictions Ø No facility hire, which remain closed at this time Ø Only riding if it is deemed safe to do so • Online competitions – As with the England information above, BRC organised online ridden competitions can now resume. However, this should only be done if possible under the specific government restrictions as already detailed. For example, if your horse is kept at home and you can safely ride and film a dressage test, then you are able to enter online competitions.

Other BRC Activities – Apart from the online competitions mentioned above, no other BRC activities are currently permitted.

BRC NAF Five Star National Championships

It is with great disappointment that we announce the cancellation of the above event. We had been hopeful to run the qualifiers and championships, but it has become clear that there is no way to do so whilst maintaining social distancing measures. This would therefore put the safety of staff, volunteers, officials, and competitors at risk, which is of course something that we cannot do. The National Championships is a vast event with approximately 2500 people in attendance across the weekend. It would also be highly unlikely that areas would be able to safely run qualifiers for this throughout July when current measures are highly likely to remain in place for some time. The BRC Advisory Committee have explored numerous options but were unable to find a solution that adhered to government restrictions and was also financially viable to run. We are exploring further online options and will share those with you in due course. NAF Statement: As long term supporters of British Riding Clubs we would like to take this opportunity to share how disappointed we are that we will not be seeing you all at the NAF Five Star National Championships at Lincoln in 2020. We know just how hard each and every one of you work to qualify and how much amazing support your club gives you at both the qualifiers and the championships themselves. We fully support BRC in their decision for the safety of all of their members and are sure 2021 is going to be an amazing ‘come back’ year, so until then, stay safe, keep in touch, support each other and we will see you in 2021!

BRC TopSpec Dressage to Music Championships

It is still our intention to run this event if at all possible. The Dressage to Music is a relatively small event, with around 250 entries split over three days on site. It can also be run with a small number of key officials. We feel that with changes to current processes e.g. scoreboards and presentations, we would be able to run whilst adhering to any social distancing measures that remain in place. This will of course be subject to areas being able to run qualifiers and enough entries being made to make the event viable. We would also need to re-consider the classes on offer as a pairs class for example, may not be a possibility with the social distancing restrictions that we will have to work to. It is with regret that the quadrille will not be going ahead this year, even if the Dressage to Music Championship is able to run. The teams would need to practice together in close proximity, and this will not be a possibility with the social distancing measures we are that we are abiding by. The committee have therefore made the decision to cancel this competition for this year.

Festival of the Horse 2021

The Festival of the Horse Championships has been a loss maker for BRC for some time now. The challenge competition incurs quite considerable costs; about as much as a full one-day-event, and entry fees and numbers at qualifier level simply do not cover these costs. We had hoped to run the challenge in a slightly different format for 2020, along with increased entry fees, to see if this would make the competition more viable. Unfortunately with the increased financial risk for this competition, combined with the fact that it is unlikely that qualifiers for the event will be able to run this autumn as usual, a decision has been made to run the event as a Combined Training Championships in 2021. The same combined training classes will take place, but there will be no challenge classes at the event. We remain a member-driven organisation and are always keen to hear what our members want with regards to competition opportunities, so we welcome feedback on the challenge classes, and their popularity within your clubs and area.

Flu Vaccinations

BRC will continue to enforce the 2020 flu vaccination rules from 1 October 2020, including the six-monthly booster rule. This is to give anyone affected by the Covid-19 lockdown the opportunity to rectify any issues. Anyone competing at a qualifier before 1 October 2020 with an incorrect record will be given a flu vaccination failure form with an instruction to rectify the record. To clarify, if your horse was due its annual booster during the lockdown period when vets were unable to attend, then you will need to restart your vaccinations programme. However, if you had a six-monthly booster since your last annual injection, then you can use this as your new ‘annual’ vaccination, and so would not have to restart.


Showcross fees detailed breakdown

To club chairs, committee members and club members,

Statement re the SX entry fee…..

We discussed the Showcross entry fee at the last committee meeting and I expressed my concern that we continually run this event at a deficit, even when it runs on schedule.  The main reason for this is that Epworth charge us an amount per horse and then have to charge us VAT on top of this.  This means that we have fixed element of £22.20 per combination.  In addition, we then have to recover the cost of the Vets, Paramedics, Course Builder, Judges, Radios, timing team, helpers and organisers.  As you can see below, these additional costs total approximately £1,660.  

If we have 100 competitors, this cost is £16.60 on top of the £22.20 per combination, giving a total entry fee of £38.80.   We have therefore set the Area 4 fee at least £37.50 to keep the overall cost (including the BRC Prelim fees) to £50 or less.  We appreciate this is a significant increase on previous years, however, if we have to run with less than 100 competitors, we will not recover the full cost of running the event.  If we run with more than 100, there is a opportunity to reduce the entry fee.

We are therefore proposing that once we have the pre-prelim entries from the clubs, we will review the entry fee and if possible, will reduce it, so we break-even or at least minimise the deficit on the event.  The maximum Area 4 entry fee will therefore be £37.50 or £150 per team.  

The estimated costs are scheduled below:-

Showcross Costings
Based on 100 competitors
Venue – Epworth Unit Cost
Charge £18.50+VAT per horse 22.2 22.20
Vet 350 3.50
Paramedics (inc Expenses) 450 4.50
SJ Course Builder 250 2.50
SJ Judge 90 0.90
(Expenses, Mileage) 300 3.00
Clubs – Fence Judges etc 220 2.20
18 Pairs FJ/8 others
Fee 37.50
Surplus/(Deficit) per Horse -1.30

Many Thanks

Toni Tait


BRC Area 4 Liaison Committee


2020 BRC Calendar Dates

HorseQuest Arena Eventing Championships – 14-15 March – Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls, Northants NN11 6RT

SEIB Insurance Brokers Novice Winter Championships – 28-29 March – Arena UK, Grantham NG32 2EF

HorseHage & Mollichaff Intermediate Winter Championships – 24-26 April – Bury Farm Equestrian Village, Dlapton, Bucks LU7 9BT

Fibre-Beet Festival of the Horse Championships – 30-31 May – Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls, Northants NN11 6RT

NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships – 7-9 August – Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Swalcliffe, Oxon OX15 5EX

NAF Five Star National Championships – 5-6 Sept – Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln LN2 2NA

TopSpec Dressage to Music and Saddles Direct Quadrille Selection Trial – 2-4 October – Addington Equestrian Centre, Buckingham MK18 2JR

Quadrille of the Year Final – TBC

Flu Vaccination Guidelines 2020

From 1 January until 29 February 2020, it is strongly recommended that a vaccination is given within 6 calendar months and 21 days (but not in any of the 6 preceding days as per rule below) of the competition and/or entry to competition stabling. From 1 March 2020, in order to compete a horse must be vaccinated in accordance with the above rules and MUST also have had a vaccination within 6 calendar months and 21 days (but not in any of the 6 preceding days) of the competition and/or entry to competition stables. No injection should have been given on any of the 6 days before the competition and/or entry to competition stables. For example: if the horse is vaccinated on the Monday, the horse will not be eligible to enter championship stables, or compete until the following Monday. Horses may compete providing that they have had the first two primary injections providing the second vaccination is within 6 calendar months and 21 days (but not in any of the 6 preceding days) of entry to the competition or competition stabling.

New Rule Changes for 2020 Events

BRC Members please note the BS rule which will be enforced at Area 4 Winter SJ Qualifier @ Bishop Burton 8th & 9th February 2020.

Rule: 102.9

Whip Ruling (effective 1 January 2020) WHIP – 102.9

No rider may carry, use or permit to be used a whip other than as detailed below, in the arena, the collecting ring or anywhere, on, or in the immediate vicinity of the showground. Only one whip may be carried and no substitute for a whip may be carried. A whip, if carried, must be held in the hand by the handle with the handle at the top. Also see rule Excessive use of the whip.

1. 2. 3. 4.

5. 6.


The “Whip”

The “Shaft”

The “Handle”

The “Contact Area” The “Pad”

The “Binding”

The singular term for the equipment in its entirety.

The term for the central core of the equipment.

The term for the riders contact area.

The term for the area that will contact or may potentially contact the horse. The term for the padded area that covers the shaft.

The term given to the threaded area between the “shaft” and the “pad” that joins the two together.

The maximum length of the “Whip” is 70cm and must be no less than 45cm.

There must be no “binding” within 17 centimetres of the end of the “Pad”.

The minimum diameter for a “Shaft” is 1 centimetre and the “Shaft” should run through the entirety of the whip. The overall weight of the “Whip” must not exceed 160 grams and the weight should be evenly distributed throughout the full length of the “Whip”.

The “Contact area”, is considered to be 2/5’s (two fifths) of the overall length of the “Whip” and must be covered with a “Pad”.

The “Pad” must be smooth, with no protrusion or raised surface, and be made of shock absorbing material throughout its circumference such that it gives a compression factor of at least 6mm. There is to be no wording, advertising or personalisation of any kind on the “Pad”.