Important BRC rule amendments with immediate effect - Jan 2017
1) Stop watches are allowed for all HT classes
2) Eligibility regarding FEI rules:
In the eligibility table little (c) will be re-worded to:
Riders who have competed under FEI rules in the relevant discipline in the last 5 calendar years. For Eventing, restrictions at CT75, CT85, HT80,CH 80, HT90 and CH 90 applies to 2* and above only and for HT 100 and CH100 applies to 3* and above only. There are no restrictions on 100+.
Note (c) is removed from all Advanced Medium dressage classes, HT100+ and 110 SJ.
Point 1 has been amended due to BE's recent rule change.
Point 2 has been amended as the 2017 rulebook did not describe the rule as it was intended.
Please see the BRC website for the full text.
BRC Equi-Thème Intermediate Winter Qualifiers
Please find a round up of the qualifiers so far (Dec 2016).
PROtector Cool XCountry Helmet
These hats have a small protuberance on the front, however they are manufactured to SNEL E2001 and PAS015 2011.
BE announced last week that they would not be accepted under their rules for the XC phase of an event. However, they have now issued an amendment to their rules which will mean that these hats ARE allowed for the XC phase.
BRC will follow their lead and so continue to accept these hats for XC use. A rule amend will be added to the BRC rule book with immediate effect as follows:
G22.2: Protective Headgear
‘Protective Headwear’ must be worn at all times by anyone, whether or not a Competitor, riding anywhere at any BRC event. Harnesses must be correctly adjusted and fastened at all times. At all BRC Championships and Qualifiers ‘Protective Headwear’ must have been checked by an official to make sure that it is labelled with one of the accepted standards and then marked with a visible BRC ORANGE hat tag. Failure to do so will incur elimination. Due to a change in the accepted standards for this year, BRC BLUE hat tags will no longer be accepted.
‘Protective Headwear’ constitutes a hat which meets one of the following standards:
||PAS 015:1998 or 2011 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
VG1 01.040: 2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
||VG1 01.040: 2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
||ASTM F1163: 2004A or 04a onwards provided they are SEI marked
|Australian & New Zeland
||AS/NZS 3838: 2006 onwards provided they are SAI global marked
IMPORTANT CHANGE FOR THE CROSS COUNTRY PHASE: (Updated 19.04.16) Only a “Jockey Skull” of an even round or elliptical shape with a smooth or slightly abrasive surface, having no peak or peak type extensions may be worn for any XC phase. Noticeable protuberances above the eyes or to the front, not greater than 5mm, smooth and rounded in nature are permitted. It must also comply with the ‘Protective Headwear’ criteria and be tagged as set out above. A removable hat cover with a light flexible peak may be used.
Please Note: Due to a change by the European Commission regarding EN1384 and BSEN1384 no longer being an accepted standard, all hats which only meet the standard EN1384 or BSEN1384, and do not comply with another standard from the above list, WILL NOT be accepted and therefore will not be permitted for any BRC competition. Hats which bear EN1384 or BSEN1384 along with another standard from the above list, will be tagged. For example, BSEN1384 & PAS015 (1998 or 2011) along with the Kitemark, would be acceptable, but not BSEN1384 on its own.
Skullcap hats must be worn with an appropriate colour silk for that discipline (see Appendix 4).For Quadrille competitions, hats of the above standard are mandatory. Competitors are strongly advised to check their hats regularly and to replace them if damaged or following a fall. It is recommended that hats are replaced every 3 to 5 years depending on usage.
Please Note: For the Quadrille competition, please see the Quadrille rules in the Rule Book for further information regarding costumes. No alterations, protrusions or additions are to be made to a hat under any circumstances.
BRC NAF Membership Survey 2016
Complete our online survey to be in with a chance to win an exclusive NAF Consultation and receive a Five Star product of your choice. The winning entry will be drawn at random from all the completed surveys on 15 April 2016.
We will also be giving away 10 bottles of the New NAF Recover to the first 10 completed surveys.
Closing date for the BRC NAF survey entry is 14 April 2016. This survey is only open to BRC Members, your membership number will be required. Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative will be offered. The results of the draw are final and no correspondence will be entered into. Entrants under 18 must obtain permission from their parent or guardian before entering the competition.
BEF Hoof Capital Funding 2016 - Applications Now Open
Are you a BRC Club or Centre looking to improve your riding establishment in order to enhance participation? To find out more information please visit the BEF Hoof website.
To all Club Officials, this has been brought to our attention - Please stay safe.
We have recently been made aware that an affiliated Club has been targeted by what appears to be fraudsters who have managed to hack in to some of the Club officials email accounts. Acting as the Chairman, they got in contact with the Treasurer and asked for funds to be transferred into a different bank account from the Club account. As most Clubs have websites with contact emails publicly available, we would like to warn all Clubs to stay vigilant and be wary of any correspondence you may receive relating to transferring funds.
Badminton Horse Trials 2016
Wednesday 4 May – Sunday 8 May 2016
Badminton Horse Trials are pleased to be able to offer a special 15 percent discount on advance tickets for Coach and Minibus parties from BRC Affiliated Riding Clubs. Please note, there are no special rates for cars. To find out more about this event visit the Badminton Horse Trials website.
These special rates are available in advance only and no refund can be made in the case of any unused tickets. If there are any people on the Coach/Minibus without prepaid advance tickets, extra tickets may be bought at the Gate, but at the full daily rate.
Coaches and Minibuses will be directed to the special Coach Park. The parking charge for all vehicles (in advance) is £10 per day.
In all cases the minimum number of tickets per application is 12.
More information and prices can be found in the Badminton Ticket Application Forms on the right hand side of this page.
Crime Prevention Advice for Riding Clubs
BRC are delighted to support Warwickshire Horse Watch and the Warwickshire Police on their new publication ‘Crime prevention advice for Riding Clubs’. Packed with useful information and ideas regarding keeping Club property safe, this leaflet is available to all Clubs on the BRC website News page and free property marker pens can be obtained by emailing Warwickshire Horse Watch directly - www.warwickshire-horsewatch.co.uk
Please find below some recent communications which have been sent to all BRC members and Club Chairs and Secretaries.
20 October 2015
Dear BRC Member
Today is the start of the future development of BRC as we launch the new BRC Advisory Committee, which will be comprised of six members of the former NEC. All 23 Area Representatives will continue to meet twice a year.
All organisations evolve and develop over a period of time and The British Horse Society and British Riding Clubs are no different. Everyone will have a recollection of a charity changing its name to fit the modern world or of an organisation restructuring its board and terms of reference to meet the demands of delivering quality services to its members. The BHS Board of Trustees have been working hard over the past two years to ensure that every aspect of the Society’s work is supported by a robust committee structure and we are announcing today the new BRC Advisory Committee. This FAQ document will explain the new structure and answer some of the questions which you may have.
BRC members may be asking how this will affect them and their club. The short answer is that nothing will change. Clubs will still be affiliated to The British Horse Society and will remain autonomous. Every club will have its own constitution and club rules and they will continue to elect their own committee to run their club for them. There will be no change to the payment structure and members will continue to join their club, paying the membership fee direct to the club. The BRC Area structure will also remain unchanged. BRC will organise the six Championships which take place each year and these will continue to develop and grow. Training will always be a hugely important part of BRC and we hope to introduce many more training opportunities for all members in the future.
It is important to note that while the BRC NEC was not involved in the introduction of the Advisory Committee, this email has been sent out with their knowledge and understanding.
Please do not hesitate to contact either myself or any of the BRC team at HQ, who will be happy to answer any of the queries which you may have.
Head of BRC
12 November 2015
Dear Club Chairs and Secretaries,
Following last month’s announcement that a new BRC Advisory Committee has been formed, the BRC office has received further questions we are happy to help you clarify should your members have the same queries.
Firstly, the role of the BRC Area Rep does remain within the BRC structure, and we are greatly looking forward to continuing to work with Area Reps and developing what members are offered across all levels in the long-term.
No changes to how the BHS and BRC are linked have taken place. BRC has always been a part of the BHS and therefore is ultimately governed by the BHS Board of Trustees and Constitution. There are no financial changes or benefits to the BHS from this measure. BRC finances are published, annually, in the Winter edition of Rider and the next accounts will appear in the February 2016 magazine. BRC, being a part of the BHS means BRC has been, and will still be able to, draw on the Society’s support and expertise as well as having the assurance that all BRC activities are underwritten financially by the BHS.
BRC will be holding a biannual conference for all BRC Area Reps, Area Chairs and key Area Officials to come together and hear the plans for the coming year as well as providing feedback from the members in their Area. The date of the first conference is 30 January 2016 and it will take place at BHS HQ in Warwickshire. This forum will provide an opportunity for all BRC members to raise any ideas or concerns which they may have. BRC are currently working with the Area Reps to develop how this conference will run to ensure that the views of all BRC members are heard, as well as providing training for officials and an update on rules, competitions and new initiatives for the year ahead.
This new BRC conference forms part of the changes which have recently been introduced. BRC Area Reps will continue to be nominated by the members in their Area and will be the point of contact for members and clubs. The new BRC Advisory Committee has replaced the previous National Executive Committee. Area Reps will fill six key roles on this committee and sit alongside two staff and three external members to advise on the future development of BRC.
The changes to the committee structure does not mean that BRC volunteers and members will not be consulted and engaged with in the operation and development of BRC. Views of members are always welcome and these can be passed on to their Area Rep or by contacting the staff at HQ and can be submitted at any time. The biannual BRC conference will also provide an opportunity for feedback to be given and ideas and new proposals discussed.
The BRC team are happy to help with any further queries on this change, or any other Riding Clubs questions. Please contact the team via Email email@example.com or telephone 02476 840518
Head of British Riding Clubs
2016 Hat Tagging Guidelines- Information for competitors
A helpful guide explaining the changes to the hat guidelines for 2016.
Check in regularly for up-to-date news from the Championships, rule changes and general information and any changes to competition guidelines and programmes that may affect your entry.
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Dodson & Horrell Riding Club Eventer Challenge at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials 2015
Congratulations to all of the BRC Teams who took part in the Dodson & Horrell Riding Club Eventer Challenge at the 2015 Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials last week.
The 100cm class was won by the North Lincs RC Team and the 90cm class was won by East Clwyd RC.
The results for the 100cm class are as follows:
1st North Lincs RC
2nd Wey Valley RC
3rd Essenden & Epping Forest DG
4th Abinger Forest RC
5th Buckingham RC
6th Finn Valley RC
The results for the 90cm class are as follows:
1st East Clwyd CTG
2nd Carleton RC
3rd Northallerton RC
4th Saffron Walden & District RC
5th Keysoe RC
6th Llandudno RC
KBIS BRC Endurance GB Team Final 2015
The KBIS BRC Endurance Team Final took place at The Lion’s Tail Ride on Sun 20 Sept. 40 riders in ten teams competed on a gloriously sunny day. East Cheshire Combined Training Group finally won the event on their fifth attempt. 2nd were National Forest RC and 3rd Swansea RC. The trophies and prizes were awarded by Vicky Allen, Chair from the Leicestershire & Rutland Bridleways Association and ex-BHS Trustee.
Top combination riding as individuals: =1st Leanne Davies on Farmways Autumn Gold and Constance Newbould on Jeff, both with 28.57 points.
Top Young Riders: 1st Iona Peat on Itsy with 29.63 points. 2nd Constance Smale on Jeff with 28.57 points
Top Horse: Magner’s Gold ridden by Jane Wyatt with 47.06 points
Best Presented Team: Newquay RC with special mention for East Cheshire CTG and Cherwell Valley RC.
British Horse Society Scotland annual championship competitions
Four square of successful Scottish riders were crowned as champions recently when three British Horse Society Scotland annual championship competitions drew to a close at the Longines Blair Castle 2015 FEI European Eventing Championships and our bespoke Riding Club Horse class ran for the second time. Full report (pdf)
British Rider Takes CIC2* European Gold
Last weekend (20-23 August) saw the British Riding Clubs CIC2* squad win a double triumph on the European Championships stage when they won both team silver as well as individual gold title at Helvoit in the Netherlands.
The team is very grateful to British Riding Clubs, Equilibrium Products, Luc Childeric UK and Mirrors for Training for all their support.
Alvechurch RC becomes BRC's 500th Affiliated Riding Club
Alvechurch RC in Area 5 have recently become the 500th Club to join. A presentation was made at Alvechurch RC on Sunday 19 July 2015.
Changes to Hat Standards (BS EN 1384 / EN 1384) from 2016
2016 BRC Hat Rules
Please note: these are provisional until the rulebook is published for 2016.
Protective headwear must be worn at all times by anyone, whether or not a competitor, riding anywhere at any BRC event. Harnesses must be correctly adjusted and fastened at all times. At all BRC Championships and qualifiers, protective headwear must have been checked by an official to make sure that it is labelled with one of the accepted standards and then marked with a visible BRC orange hat tag. Failure to do so will incur elimination. Due to a change in the accepted standards for this year, BRC blue hat tags will no longer be accepted. 'Protective headwear' constitutes a hat which meets one of the following standards:
|PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
| VG1 01.040:2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
|| VG1 01.040:2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
|| ASRM F1163: 2004a or 04a onwards provided they are SEI marked
| SNELL E2001
|Australia and New Zealand
|| AS/NZS 3838: 2006 onwards provided they are SAI global marked
Important changes for the cross country phase: only a jockey skull complying to the above standards may be worn for any XC phase. This must not have a peak, any peak-type extensions or noticeable protuberances above the eyes or to the front and should have an even round or elliptical shape with a smooth or slightly abrasive surface. A removable hat cover with a light flexible peak may be used if required.
The use of head cams are strictly prohibited at any BRC affiliated competition. This includes use on the head, chest, bridle or any other part of the horse or rider.
Please note: due to a change by the European Commission regarding EN1384 and BSEN1384 no longer being an accepted standard, all hats which only meet the standard EN1384 or BSEN1384 and do not comply with another standard from the above list will not be accepted and therefore will not be permitted for any BRC competition.
Hats which bear EN1384 or BSEN1384 along with another standard from the above list will be tagged. For example, BSEN1384 and PAS015 (1998 or 2011) along with the Kitemark would be acceptable, but not BSEN1384 on its own.
Skullcap hats must be worn with an appropriate colour silk for that discipline (see Appendix 4). For Quadrille competitions, hats of the above standard are mandatory. Competitors are strongly advised to check their hats regularly and to replace them if damaged or following a fall. It is recommended that hats are replaced every three to five years depending on usage.
BRC and Beewear have teamed up to bring you a fantastic new range of BRC team clothing. Beewear will also be producing the championship clothing available as a souvenir for reaching a BRC Championship.
Visit the Beewear Facebook page or website or call 07973 426265 to discuss specific requirements for club clothing or team colours.
View the latest edition of the Volunteers E:News (pdf).
BRC Video Footage
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