Area4 Events and BRC Championship Dates 2021

Arena Eventing

Qualifier: 24th & 25th April 2021 Richmond E.C.

Champs: 22-23 May 2021 Aston-Le-Walls

Show Jumping

Qualifier: 3rd July 2021 Richmond E.C.

Champs: 4-5 September 2021 Lincoln Showground

Dressage to Music

Qualifier: 11th July 2021 Manor Grange

Champs: TBC TBC Addington Manor

Horse Trials

Qualifier: 18th July 2021 Breckenbrough

Champs: 6-9 August 2021 Swalcliffe Park

Dressage

Qualifier: 14th-15th August 2021 Richmond E.C.

Champs: 4-5 September 2021 Lincoln Showground

Winter Dressage

Qualifier: 2nd-3rd October 2021 Richmond E.C.

Champs: TBC

Arena Eventing

Qualifier: TBC October

Dressage Camp

25th-27th August 2021 Manor Grange details to follow

Dressage Camp

27th-29th August 2021 Manor Grange details to follow

Area 4 Camp

22th-24th October 2021 Somerford Park details to follow TBC

BRC Statement 2021 Championships & Membership

The BRC Advisory Committee met on Wednesday 13 January to discuss arrangements for the 2021 championships. The committee discussed the current lockdown situation across all nations and the implications this would have on the ability of areas to run qualifying competitions, as well as the championships themselves and the potential mixing of people from across the UK. It is with great disappointment that we must announce further cancellations to our calendar of events after losing many of our competitions in 2020. All options were investigated thoroughly, and we feel we have come up with the best solutions available to us, ensuring we adhere to government guidelines and keep our staff, officials, volunteers and competitors safe. Please be aware that the calendar may be subject to further change depending on government guidelines and the evolving situation with the pandemic.

Arena Eventing Championships 13 – 14 March: This event will be postponed from its original date and will now take place on 22 and 23 May 2021 at Aston le Walls.

Novice Winter Championships (Incorporating the rescheduled 2020 and 2021 Novice and Intermediate Championships) 26 – 29 March: This event will be cancelled. All dressage classes will be run as an online competition with further details to follow in due course. The show jumping classes will not be re-arranged. We know this is disappointing but there are no viable options within the current climate.

Intermediate Winter Championships 23 – 25 April: This event will be cancelled. All dressage classes will be run as an online competition with further details to follow in due course. The show jumping classes will not be re-arranged. We know this is disappointing but there are no viable options within the current climate.

Combined Training Championships 22 – 23 May: This event will be cancelled with the rescheduled Arena Eventing Championships taking place on this date.

Horse Trials Championships 6 – 8 August: This event will go ahead but will run as a short format competition (no roads and tracks or steeplechase). All classes will run as one-day-events.

National Championships, Dressage to Music Championships and Quadrille: We are monitoring the situation closely and will issue another update that covers these events later in the spring.

2021 Membership Invoices & Insurance Certificates: These have not yet been sent for 2021. Please rest assured you are still covered by the BRC insurance policy at this time. We are currently looking at all options to find the best outcome for our members and finalising some insurance details. A further update will be issued as soon as possible, and the documents will be with you as soon as they are available. If you require your hard copies of the 2021 Handbook urgently, please contact megan.gibbs@bhs.org.uk and they will be posted out to you.

WINTER QUALIFIERS UPDATE

I hope you and yours are staying safe and well.

It is a week since the government announced a national lockdown, which has had an impact on our everyday lives, some more than others.

So far during this latest lockdown, area 4 has cancelled the rearranged Winter Novice & Intermediate Dressage Q, the rearranged Arena Eventing Q, along with Winter Novice & Intermediate SJ and as yet a definite decision hasn’t been made re Combined Training and Style Jumping ( this is a summer Q) but it is unlikely these will go ahead, as they are scheduled for the first weekend in March.
Decisions re the Summer Show and Horse Trials will be made once we have more information from the Government and the BRC office.

If BRC re schedule the Championship dates, I will do my best to find new dates and venues to provide qualifiers for those Championships.

As soon as I have any information from BRC, it will be passed onto clubs via email to Club Chairs & Committees, which should be cascaded to all members, and published on the area website.

I’d like to thank the area committee for their continued work and support to keep area 4 fluid.

If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by e mail or call me.

Do take care and stick to the rules and let’s work together to get through these testing times. Take care and stay safe.

Kindest regards

Margaret
Area 4 Chair

07905692423
smithmags@btinternet.com

POSTPONEMENT OF AREA 4 WINTER DRESSAGE QUALIFIERS 2020

: 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.

Regards

Margaret
Area 4 Chair

AREA 4 DRESSAGE CAMP 2020

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

home)😁

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

Rider Specific Pilates Course

CALLING ALL AREA 4 MEMBERS

We with have teamed up with Gemma Darley to offer our members Physio led Pilates session.

Gemma herself a keen rider, has a wealth of experience working with riders and jockeys.

  • 6 week Rider Physio-led Pilates – will teach you the foundations of Pilates whilst understanding how these principles can improve your rider position. 
  • Specific to those taking part, we will ask you what you would like from the course so we can tailor the sessions to you. 
  • Once a week a link will be sent via a closed Facebook group, or email, for you to complete at a time that suits you. 
  • We’ll also have Q&A within the Facebook group a few days following the classes for feedback but also for you to ask anything from the sessions that I can try to help with. 
  • The six week course is offered at a discounted price of £40.00, alternatively one off sessions can be done for £7.50.
  •  To join in please fill out the consent form below and return to Gemma – gemma@gemmadarleyphysio.com
  • Any queries please call Sarah Beal 07769734304 or Gemma Darley on 07969 428241

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: https://www.bhs.org.uk/advice-and-information/coronavirus-covid-19 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 gov.uk 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.

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