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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

Results from Showcross 2018

Morning all,

Here are the results results scoreboard BRC Area 4 SX Times – Saturday 21 April 2018(4812) (1) (1)

Well what a fab day at Epworth..the sun came out to play!

A massive thank you to all the club volunteers who gave their time. We say it every event but with out you these day would just not run.

I would like to thank your 4 committee who also give there time on the day but many hours before the event that members just don’t see.

Finally to John and Cheryl for all their hard work and support…it finally happened. Epworth is a great venue and the XC course was brilliant…thank you.

Well done to all our competitors and good luck ☘ to those lucky enough to be traveling to the FOTH…fingers crossed for lots of pretties and hopefully more National Champions for area 4.

Mags 😄

area 4 chair


Final Times for Showcross this Saturday

Hi All,

BRC Area 4 SX Times – Saturday 21 April 2018

Hi Could you also please remind competitors that body protectors cannot be checked for compliance with current standards whilst the rider is on the horse. For this reason, all body protectors must be presented for checking at the same time as passport checking.

Please find attached the REVISED TIMES for the Show Cross Area 4 BRC Qualifier this Saturday.  Every rider with the exception of the 100 section will have a REVISED TIME AND REVISED RIDER NUMBER.


For all – the maximum change to their original time is no more than 15 minutes.


Please CHECK your timings carefully and make sure that your club riders are aware that the TIMES and RIDER numbers have changed from those originally issued.  Any problems with these revised times, please let me know asap.  I will not be printing until Thursday evening, so please let me know of any further changes up to that point (as well as highlighting on the day on the Dec Form).


Declarations forms need to be fully completed with ANY further changes, clearly highlighted and handed to the Secretary’s table at least 30 minutes before your first club rider competes.

Wishing you all the best of luck on Saturday,


Kind Regards,






The course will be available for walking the day before – this Friday as follows:


100 10:00 10:34 16 mins   Seniors (team then inds) followed by Juniors (inds then team)
90J 10:50 11:12 0 mins   Teams followed by individual
90S 11:12 12:08 22 mins   Individuals followed by teams
80J 12:30 13:00 0 mins   teams followed by individuals
80S 13:00 13:32 18 mins   Individuals followed by teams
80S 13:50 14:50   teams




Final Times for Combined Training this Sunday

Area 4 Combined Training Qualifier FINAL times Sun 8 April 2018

Please find attached the final times for the qualifier this weekend.  Below is a schedule of times for the day showing the course walk breaks for the SJ and breaks in the dressage.

ARENA A B J85cm Start 09:30  
START 08:30 08:30 09:48  
break 09:12 J75cm Coursewalk    
START 09:24 J75cm Start 10:20  
Break 10:00 10:00 10:34  
START 10:12 10:12 S75cm Coursewalk    
Break 11:36 11:36 S75cm Start 10:44  
START 11:48 11:48 11:08  
FINISH 13:18 13:18 S75cm Coursewalk    
START 13:52 13:46 13:44  
Break 15:04 14:52 S85cm Coursewalk    
START 15:16 15:04 S85cm 14:50  
FINISH 17:22 17:10 15:34  
  S85cm Coursewalk    
  S85cm 16:10  

Any CHANGES will now need to be highlighted on your Declarations Form on the morning of the competition.  Please let me know also, so that I can update the master copy up until going to print.

Wishing you all the best of luck,

Let me know if you can foresee any immediate problems,

Kind Regards,


POLITE REMINDER: deadline is Thursday this week to Area 4 & HQ for Showcross Entries

POLITE REMINDER: deadline is Thursday this week to Area 4 & HQ with it being Good Friday on Friday. We only have 24 entries so far. Thanks.

BRC Area 4 SX –  is POSTPONED until Saturday 21st April 2018 at Epworth EC.

Unfortunately, this means that the new date will be treated as a NEW qualifier and thereby ENTRIES will RE-OPEN with the new entries deadline to ourselves at Area 4 and to HQ (Prelim entries) is Thursday 29 March (wk on Thursday) and times will be published ASAP after that date but no later than Thursday 12 April. For the time being, credit notes will be in place at HQ and with Area 4, until after the next closing date.

Obviously, If your entry is exactly as the first competition, please just let me know “AS IS”; you do not need to resubmit a duplicate entry form. But please get your entries to Sam as soon as is practically possible. Please contact me ASAP with any queries to the above.
Many thanks, Georgina

Final Times for showcross on Saturday

HI All,

Please find attached the FINAL times for the Show Cross this coming Saturday.  We have already had 5 withdrawals, so please be there in plenty of time for your section and let me know of any further withdrawals.

FINAL TIMES for SX 2018 Area 4 Qualifier Sat 17 March GA

Remember: ALL CHANGES on the day, need to be highlighted clearly on the DECLARATIONS SHEET and handed in to the Secretary’s table at least half an hour before your first rider of the day competes.  In addition, please let me know of changes too so that I can update the master sheet.

I wish all your members the best of luck on the day and will keep my fingers crossed for dry weather.

NB Deadline for entries for the Combined Training Qualifier is this Friday 16 March – for both Area entries and Prelim Entries to HQ

Kind Regards,


BRC Area 4 Competition Secretary