*Equine Flu Update*
15.02.19 UPDATE FROM THE BEF
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) notes the latest update (14.02.19) from the Animal Health Trust of more positive tests for equine flu in Worcestershire, central Scotland, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. For the latest information follow @equiflunet on Twitter.
The BEF is urging all competition and training event organisers to check the equine ID passports of all horses attending their event to ensure that they comply with vaccination rules. We remind all participants to check the requirements of venues before they set out.
The BEF continues to urge all owners to be vigilant for the symptoms of equine flu and to alert their vet if they think their horses are showing signs.
All owners MUST ensure their vaccination records are up to date, and if it has been longer than 6 months since the last vaccination, we strongly recommend discussing a booster with their veterinary surgeon.
We also remind owners that any contact with recently imported horses represents an increased risk so owners should follow veterinary advice by isolating any recently imported horse for a period of at least 21 days.
Click here for BEF advice for Competition and Training Event organisers.
British Riding Clubs Announce New Arena Eventing Sponsor
BRC are delighted to announce that HorseQuest will be the new sponsor for the Arena Eventing Championship 2019
British Riding Clubs 2018 Hat Rules and Tagging
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 both riders, officials and volunteers.”
Head of British Riding Clubs Laura Sanger added; “We are delighted to be working with British Eventing and The Pony Club 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.’’
BRC Volunteers' League 2018
On 1 Jan 2018 BRC will be starting a brand new League for our BRC Volunteers and there will be a variety of different levels to get involved in.
Club Level will be for volunteers who help at club activities run under BRC rules.
Area Level will be for volunteers who help at area activities run under BRC rules.
National Level will be for all volunteers (including team volunteers) who help at Championships only.
Please visit the BRC website Volunteers Page for further information and to download a Points Card.
BRC SEIB Insurance Brokers Quadrille Selection Trial 2018
Entries will open at midday on Tues 2 Jan 2018 for the BRC SEIB Insurance Brokers Quadrille Selection Trial, which will take place on Saturday 29 Sept 2018 at Bury Farm Equestrian Village. The final will be held on Sat 20 Oct at the Bury Farm 'All Stars' Gala event. If you are thinking of having a go next year, please make sure that you make your entry in good time. Entries will be taken online (via the BHS Bookshop - www.britishhorse.com, Riding Club Entries) from 12 noon on Tues 2 Jan and will close on Fri 2 Feb 2018. There will be no prelim entry, just one direct entry fee of £65.00 per Quadrille Team.
For further information about the BRC Quadrille and to view the videos from this year's Selection Trial and Final please visit the BRC Dressage to Music and Quadrillepage. Also read the Quadrille Rules section from p44-p46 in the 2018 BRC Handbook.
To all Club Officials, this has been brought to our attention once again - 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.
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.
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. New for 2018, Beewear have introduced a 10% clothing discount card.
Visit the Beewear website or call: 07973 426265 to discuss specific requirements for club clothing or team colours.
BRC Video Footage
To watch video footage from all BRC Championships, visit our YouTube channel.