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BRC have agreed to allow a veterinary student to attend the BRC NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships 2017 on 4-6 August for research on fitness of horses.

Project Title “Fitness of horses entered into the 80-100+ BRC NAF Five Star Horse Trials Championship at the Swalcliffe Park Equestrian”

Project Aims 

My name is Rebecca Goldston and I am a veterinary student at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh. I am asking you to participate in a study concerning the fitness of horses entered into the 80-100+ cross country events of the Horse Trials Championships. 

Any and all information from you, the participants, will be used anonymously.

What Will Happen 

For this study, I will be asking you to answer the following question:

  • “ Do you believe your horse is fit enough to compete in the Horse Trials Championships?”

I will also ask to record the:

  • Body condition score (BCS) of your horse
  • Initial heart rate (HR) of your horse before the event
  • Recovering heart rate of your horse (every 3 minutes, for 9 minutes total)
  • Online public information posted by British Eventing (ex: faults, times, etc)

Time Commitment  

Your participation in this study will take approximately 5 minutes before and 9 minutes after the cross country phase. On the Saturday and Sunday the before aspect will take place in the 10 minute box. The recovering heart rate will be recorded in the set cool/wash down area already provided before proceeding to the stables.

Participant’s Rights 

You have the right to withdraw from the study at any time, without any explanation needed. You also have the right to ask for your data to be withdrawn.

You have the right to refuse any question asked or omit any answer given.

You have the right to have any of your questions answered about the proposed study (unless this interferes with the study results). 

If you have any questions about these parameters, please ask them before signing the Consent Form. Any questions relating to the study please contact Rebecca on s1577369@sms.ed.ac.uk

Benefits and Risks

Concerning this study, there are no known risks or benefits for participating.

 

BRC NAF Five Star Horse Trials Championship - Ground Update 30 June 2017

The BRC team have just returned from a pre-event site visit at Swalcliffe Equestian, ahead of the BRC NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships in August.

We are delighted to report that the SJ ring has a great grass covering and has not been cut for hay this year, but has just been mowed and watered in order to maximise the quality of the going. The venue is about to be fertilised, to encourage the grass growth, and the aerovator is booked ready for the weeks before the event.

Further updates on the ground will be posted as appropriate in the run up to the Horse Trials. 

Important BRC rule amendments with immediate effect - January 2017

 1) Stop watches are allowed for all HT classes

2) Eligibility regarding FEI rules:

In the eligibility table little (c) will be reworded 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:

British PAS 015:1998 or 2011 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
VG1 01.040: 2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
European VG1 01.040: 2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
American 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.

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.

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. 

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.

If your club has something to share, you can submit a story by contacting Rachael Hollely on 02476 840596 or rachael.hollely@bhs.org.uk.

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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:

UK
PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 provided they are BSI Kitemarked

 VG1 01.040:2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
Europe  VG1 01.040:2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
USA  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 Clothing

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.

Volunteer E:News 

View the latest edition of the Volunteers E:News (pdf).

BRC Video Footage

To watch video footage from all BRC Championships, visit our YouTube channel.


 

 

 

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