Category Archives: Rules/Guideines

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 103.1.4.2 Excessive use of the whip.

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Definitions

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”.

Format for Winter Show Jumping

Important information and changes for Official Stewards
Format for Show Jumping
In order to assist areas with running show jumping (SJ) qualifiers and
also due to repeated requests to allow competitors to compete at more
than one height; the format will change. From the start of the winter
season 2019, the format of SJ will be shortened at qualifiers, which will
allow competitors to enter consecutive heights (excluding 70cm). We
hope this will help with falling numbers in some areas, but not
overburden the busier areas with even longer days. The Championship
format will remain the same. This change will come into effect from 1
October and will be inserted into the Handbook as follows:
SJ1: QUALIFIER FORMAT
Riders jump two rounds. Riders will jump the first round and then the second round
separately. The second round will be run as a single phase competition, which will
combine the second round and the jump-off. The first half of the course should be set
at the second round height, with the second part of the course set at jump-off height.
The course should be timed in two parts, with the second half being recorded as the
jump-off. If necessary the first half of the round can be timed manually depending on
the availability of timing equipment. The jump-off will follow straight on from the first
part of the course without stopping. All team and individual members (unless the
individual is eliminated in first round) will go forward to the second part of the second
round (jump-off) unless eliminated in the first half. The second half of the second
round (the jump-off) will be classed as both the team and individual jump-off. An area
may choose to run a separate jump-off at the end of the class for individuals and use
the second part of the second round as the jump-off for teams only (this will be at the
areas discretion and must be relayed to competitors on the schedule).
Should a team member be eliminated before reaching the jump-off phase in the
second round they will not continue forward to the jump-off section and the team will
continue as a team of three. The Official Steward reserves the right to stop anyone
who is in multiple classes if BRC feel the horse’s welfare is compromised.
SJ1: CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT
Riders jump two rounds. Riders will jump the first round and then a separate second
round. If equality exists for first place then there will be a jump-off for teams and a
separate jump-off for individuals. All team members will be required to jump-off. The
Official Steward reserves the right to stop anyone who is in multiple classes if BRC
feel the horse’s welfare is compromised.
SJ1.4.1: Single Phase Course for Qualifiers
For qualifiers the second round will be split into a combined second round and jumpoff.
The first half of the course should be set at 5cm higher than the first round height.

BRC Membership Qualifier requirements

Good Afternoon All.

We have been asked by BRC HQ to remind clubs to make sure that the people who they enter to compete at Area Qualifiers are eligible to compete for the club; for this they have to be members of the club AND registered with HQ at the close of prelim entries.

Unfortunately, recently HQ has seen an increasing amount of ineligible members ( people who are not properly registered as members of a riding club) riding at the BRC qualifiers meaning that when the results are received in the office, if any of these non-members are a part of the qualifying teams, they are disqualified and then disappointed.

Also, there have been cases where qualifiers took place in 2018 when the members were eligible, they are no lonfger eligible for the championships because they have not renewed their membership, so when they are invited to the Championship, they are no longer eligible to compete at the Championship.

This is a reminder to Riding Clubs of the importance of sending membership lists into head office and also of the 21 day rule (to be a member at the close of prelim entry) to avoid any disappointment. Also, members are not covered by the BRC insurance unless we have received their membership details.

Wishing you all a very lovely bank holiday weekend

Winter Showjumping Qualifiers ** NEW DATE 23rd/ 24th February 2019

Morning all,

I can confirm our new date for the Winter SJ qualifier is 23rd & 24th February at Bishop Burton.

Same format as before unless entries are down considerably, in which case I will propose we run all qualifiers on one day, but please be assured this would be an extreme decision.

I have waited for British Racing and BEF for their latest updates this morning before releasing the date.

If we find ourselves in a situation where we have to cancel again, then all entries will go into a hat and a draw made by an independent person for qualifying places for Championships.

Sam will be contacting team managers direct regarding revised entries.

It is not mandatory that horses must have a six month booster however, please seek advice from your vet.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself or any committee member if you have any queries.

Best regards

Margaret
chair area 4
07995692423

Please can you circulate the attached current advice from the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), which is the National Federation for all equestrian sport in the UK (not including Horse Racing). This advice applies to British Showjumping (BS), British Eventing (BE), British Dressage (BD) and British Riding Clubs (BRC). The BEF made a statement on the 11th of February 2019 reiterating that their stance is maintained following the weekend, which can be found here: https://www.bef.co.uk/News-Detail.aspx?news=BEF-latest

Statement from the BEF:

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) notes the latest update from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) on Friday 8th February that there have been three further positive results for equine flu – bringing the total number of positive results to six – all of which are in the same racing yard.
The advice from our veterinary experts remains that it is not necessary to cancel other equine events as there is as yet no evidence of widespread infection, however we will continue to monitor this situation closely and will issue further updates as more information becomes available.
We continue to urge all horse owners to be vigilant and follow the recommended guidelines on how to detect and prevent the spread of this infectious disease.
We also urge any owners with suspected cases to take immediate veterinary advice and if equine flu is confirmed by laboratory testing, they should contact their relevant member body.
GUIDELINES FOR OWNERS
It is crucial for all horse and pony owners to be vigilant and follow recommended guidelines on how to detect and prevent the spread of this infectious disease.
Look out for signs of disease which can include high temperature, cough, snotty nose, enlarged glands (under the lower jaw), swollen or sore eyes, depression, loss of appetite and swelling in the lower legs.
If you see any of these signs, isolate the horse and call your vet immediately.
It is essential that any horses showing signs of possible equine flu, or horses that might have been in contact with possibly infected horses, do not travel to competitions or other events where there will be groups of horses. If your horse has been in contact with an infected horse we suggest that you should take immediate veterinary advice.
If your horse is currently vaccinated, but it has been longer than 6 months since the last vaccination, we recommend that you discuss a booster with your veterinary surgeon.
The BEF has further guidance on its website regarding equine infectious diseases and biosecurity: https://bef.co.uk/Detail.aspx?page=Horse-Health-Biosecurity

Any further questions about the recent Equine Flu outbreak the BEF have a Q&A page which can be found here: https://www.bef.co.uk/repository/news-events/Equine_Flu_QA_090219_PDF.pdf

Nominations for Area 4 Committee

Hi please find attached the nominations for the Area 4 Committee roles that have become available.

Area nomination form

If you wish to be nominated for a role on the committee please download this form and send to Maggie Smith as soon as possible and no later than 1st October 2018.

The roles currently available are:-

Area 4 Vice Chairman Regional Vice Chairman

Area 4 Secretary Regional Secretary

Area 4 Treasurer Regional Treasurer

Area 4 Training Officer Regional Education and Events Officer

There is also going to be an Area 4 Events Team to help with the running of each show during the year.

Ideally we are looking at one particular team to run the Dressage based show and One team to run the Jumping based shows and for the combined shows a bit of both or a merger of the two.

If you wish to be a part of these teams either at just one or all of the Shows that we run please contact Maggie Smith as soon as possible.

 

BRC Hat & BP Update for 2018

Dear Riding Club Official,

Please feel free to pass the following information on to anyone within the BRC movement.

2018 BRC BP STANDARDS
2018 BRC Hat Tagging Guide for Competitors v1

No new hat standard

Some of you will be aware that there has been talk of a new hat standard that was due to be introduced next year – a new BS/EN1384 2017. We have been talking about this at our recent Area Visits and Club Training days. Late last week we were made aware that this standard will now not be introduced anytime in the near future, and as such, WILL NOT be added to our list of accepted standards for BRC activities.

Further details…

Despite the European nations voting almost unanimously for the approval of the new EN1384  2017, the EU Commission last week informed us that they are opposed to the harmonisation of the standard.  Despite the standard being published across Europe, until it has been “harmonised” it cannot be used for the purposes of CE marking.

This decision has come out of the blue, having been given every indication that it would be harmonised. It remains as a published standard but without harmonisation it cannot be used by manufacturers for the purpose of CE marking.  A meeting is being called in January in Brussels to discuss their objections and reason for refusal.  We will know more after this meeting and it may well be that the hat standard is revised further to allow for harmonisation.

We had intended to include the standard in our rules for 2018 in the expectation that hats will enter the market in the next year.  However, most manufacturers will now be waiting to manufacture to the new standard until after it has been harmonised. As far as we know, only one company has started manufacturing to the EN1384 2017 but it’s uncertain whether any have entered the UK market, and if so, they will not be Kitemarked anyway. BSI who are responsible for the Kitemark are holding off making any decision about Kitemarking this standard until the situation is clarified. It is thus highly unlikely, if not virtually impossible for hats to be Kitemarked to the EN1384 until this situation is resolved.

Hat Tagging

Hopefully you will have already seen the recent press release regarding hat tagging for 2018 onwards. BRC, BE and PC will be tagging with the same AQUA coloured tags for 2018. This means that each of the three member bodies will accept each other’s tag – thus reducing the need for separate tags for each organisation. New aqua tags will be sent to all BRC Official Stewards by the end of the year. The full press release follows:

British Eventing, British Riding Clubs and The Pony Club are delighted to announce that they have joined together to unify the hat standards across all three Member Bodies; resulting in a single hat tag being accepted across British Eventing, The Pony Club and British Riding Club events in 2018.

The new ‘aqua’ coloured hat tag will carry the logo of the body that checks the hat so that the source of the tagging can be tracked and will mean that riders no longer have to wear multiple tags on their hats.

The 2018 hat rules includes a small change to the AS/NZS 3838 standard for The Pony Club and British Eventing, both of which will now only be accepting from 2006 onwards.

All three bodies will use an aide memoire that will list the standards and quality assurance marks and will be used by officials.

British Eventing’s Chief Executive David Holmes said; “Safety in eventing, and all equestrian activity, is of the highest priority for us and an area that British Eventing has invested in extensively over many years. This universal hat tag system is a great step forward in improving rider safety across multiple Member Bodies, which is not only beneficial for risk management in the sport, but means a more clear and efficient process for riders, officials and volunteers.”

Head of British Riding Clubs Laura Sanger added; “We are delighted to be working with BE and the PC to promote the highest safety standards to all of our members. We are also pleased that this will reduce the burden on officials and volunteers across all three disciplines, as the need for multiple tags will no longer be necessary.”

Mary Tuckett the Pony Club Chairman confirmed that; “We are delighted to have come together with British Eventing and British Riding Clubs to introduce the universal hat tag system for 2018.  Keeping our Members safe is always of great importance to us and the new ‘aqua’ tag will aid officials and volunteers with a clear and streamlined process that will help promote hat safety among riders.”

Body Protectors

Remember from 1 January, only BETA 2009 purple labels will be accepted. There is one exception tot his – Exo Body Cages are only compliant with BETA 2000 purple label, but they will continue to be allowed. See the attached guide for further information.

We have attached the 2018 hat and body protector guides for you – please feel free to disseminate these amongst your Clubs and add to your websites etc as required. New hat tags will be sent out to all Official Stewards before the end of the year, ready to start re-tagging at qualifiers form 1st January.

If you have any queries at all, please do come back to me.

Kind regards,

Laura Sanger
Head of British Riding Clubs & Participation
The British Horse Society

Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth
Warwickshire CV8 2XZ

Telephone: 02476 840594
Email:        laura.sanger@bhs.org.uk
Website:    www.bhs.org.uk

Course Walk Times for Sunday

Hi All,

I have had confirmation from the OS on the day and the organiser that the course can be walked at the following times:

SATURDAY – from 2-6pm (the gates will be closed at 6pm)

SUNDAY – from 7.30am

On Sunday, I have built in a 10 minute break approximately every hour so you will be able to walk the SJ between and during the classes.

Wishing you all a good safe ride,

Thanks,

Georgina
Area 4 Competition Secretary