BRC Flu Vaccination Statement – 8 November 2019.
We’re aware of questions that have been raised by some members over the incoming rule which mandates six monthly boosters against Equine Influenza (EI) (see rule changes below) and would like to provide further information about the rationale behind this decision.
For much of 2019, the UK has been affected by outbreaks of EI with the number of cases peaking in July. As a department of the BHS, which is a member body of the BEF, BRC has the welfare of equines competing under our rules at the forefront of our minds at all times– and it’s our responsibility, along with every horse owner, to help negate the spread of this virus.
Throughout the year, we’ve been listening to advice and evidence from our veterinary and industry colleagues on the BEF High Health Steering Group, the Equine Infectious Disease Advisory Group and the Animal Health Trust (AHT). Unlike some other organisations, we took the decision not to make a mid-season rule change during the initial outbreak, instead strongly recommending that a six month booster be given, while continually monitoring the situation.
As a result of the outbreak this year, a number of competition venues have taken the decision to mandate six monthly boosters. This has led to some confusion among members as to the different vaccination requirements from venue to venue, which has necessitated additional checks before competing. Indeed some areas have had to run qualifiers stipulating a six monthly booster is mandatory in order to satisfy their venue owners.
We want to be as consistent as possible across all our qualifiers and championships, with a clear policy that all members can follow. It should also be noted that we are now in line with British Dressage, British Eventing and the FEI. However, we appreciate that this is a significant move, so we wanted to ensure that we considered the advice provided by veterinary experts before amending our competition rules. All of the evidence points to the efficacy of vaccinations reducing after six months, hence this decision taken by the BRC Advisory Committee.
In the most recent DEFRA AHT BEVA Equine Quarterly Disease Surveillance Report it was concluded:
That horse owners, especially those attending gatherings and events attended by other horses, undertake routine influenza vaccination and ideally adopt 6 monthly booster vaccination as this is currently considered ‘gold standard’ for controlling this infection.
Dr Jane Nixon MA VETMB BSC MRCVS, Chair of the BEF High Health Steering Group said “We’re in the middle of an equine flu epidemic, with over 220 reported outbreaks alone so far in 2019 – an outbreak case includes a number of horses so there are thousands affected; marking a staggering increase on last year, when only two outbreaks were confirmed in the UK.
“We all need to help control the spread of the virus and vaccination unequivocally does just that. There have been several peer-reviewed scientific papers which support vaccination, including six monthly boosters, which should not leave any responsible horse owner in doubt that this is the right way forward.”
The BRC qualifiers and championships are very large events. We regularly see in excess of 500 horses gathering together from the length and breadth of the UK. It is our responsibility to protect these events for our members, their horses and indeed the future of our sport.
We have noted that some members have commented that their horses have had an adverse reaction to a recent vaccination, and BRC would like to encourage any instances to be reported on the UK Government report portal here: https://www.gov.uk/report-veterinary-medicine-problem. This should be in addition to reporting the reaction to your veterinary surgeon.
2020 BRC Rule Change: From 1 January 2020, it will be strongly advised when competing at BRC events to have a flu vaccination within 6months and 21days of the competition. From 1 March 2020, this will then become mandatory.
IMPORTANT: This does not mean vaccinations need to be done every 6 months; it means that the vaccination needs to be within 6 months and 21 days of the competition. For example, if your competition was the 22 September, you would need to have a vaccination after the 1 March (1 March – 1 September = 6months + 21 days = 22 September). This rule applies to Qualifiers and Championships only. Whilst we recommend that Clubs also follow this advice for Club activities, they remain autonomous and can therefore decide what they will require for their own training and events.
We have recently had some Area events within BRC Area 20, and putting forward these entries and attending the competitions has given rise to some age-old problems. The problems that have come to light have been issues for us as a small club ad infinitum, and are also issues for the bigger clubs within Area 20. So in order to clarify the DRC Committee stance on this we are issuing the statement below. This has been discussed thoroughly and was carried through unanimously at the last committee meeting.
PROTOCOL FOR DRC AREA ENTRIES FROM JULY 2019
No entry will be accepted until the full fee has been paid, normally through ‘Horsemonkey’
Entries will only be accepted from members and combinations known to the club committee and are known to be competent and of an appropriate standard to compete at the level of the competition
Team and individual entries will be decided by the committee (consisting of a quorum of 6 members)
Team places will normally go the club members who most regularly support club events and functions throughout the year. This is in line with our club ethos of inclusivity and grass-root camaraderie.
Prelim and Final Area entries will be submitted by a member of the committee
Any member putting an entry forward for an Area Competition undertakes to read, be familiar and comply with the BRC rules relevant to the discipline they are entering, including vaccinations, equipment and turnout.
The ENTRANT is wholly responsible for finding a ‘helper’ for the event. The committee is in no way responsible for finding helpers.
Entrants are welcome to approach other club members including members who may be on the committee, to act as their helper; perhaps offering to act as their helper at another event. Helpers can also be friends or family who are not members of the club.
Entrants will need to name their helper at point of entry. This name can be changed up to 48 hours of the event.
If an entrant is not able to compete at short notice, the HELPER will still be required to attend the event. However, in this instance the ENTRANT can then become the helper.
If an ENTRANT wishes to be their own helper by offering half a day help, this will depend ENTIRELY on whether this acceptable to the AREA 20 organising team, and the chef d’equipe of the DRC entries. There is NO GUARANTEE that this will be accepted.
If you arrive at the event without your helper you will be WITHDRAWN from the competition, no monies will be refunded and you will not be eligible for DRC Area entries for 12 months.
Normally, as a club, we are happy to support each other and enjoy attending events to see our friends and members compete. The intention of the above rules are to ensure though, that members understand it is NOT up to committee to fulfil ‘helping’ duties, and whilst competing is fun for some, going to Area events is not a prerequisite of being in BRC AREA 20. Ultimately all those who go forward under the banner of the club are therefore representing the club, and should any rider or horse be challenged in any way, then the responsibility for that person’s conduct and performance rests with the committee. We hope that you can understand and support the decisions.
Last year’s Festival of the Horse has been rescheduled for February 16th 2019 at Radford’s Equestrian Centre, Lower House Farm, Llanymynech, Shropshire. If you want to enter please contact Polly Owen : Text/call: 07837 958089 or Email: email@example.com
Qualifying Classes: (Team/Individual – Junior/Senior)
The start of the New Year is a good time to check that your riding hat and body protector are of the right standard to use at Riding Club events. If they are not you will not be allowed to compete at any BRC Qualifiers or Championships. The stewards at these events are very vigilant and will spot any sub-standard equipment. Every hat/body protector is now tagged with an aqua tag before riders are allowed to compete. Also, if you are injured at ANY Riding Club organised activity and are not wearing kit of the correct standard, then the BHS insurance sadly won’t cover you.
To check if your hat/body protector meets the requirements please click on the links below which will allow you to download two pdfs with plenty of useful information and photos of the logos you need to check:
For hats : http://www.bhs.org.uk/~/media/bhs/files/pdf-documents/brc/2018-brc-hat-tagging-guide.ashx?la=en
For body protectors : http://www.bhs.org.uk/~/media/bhs/brc/meg/miscellaneous/2018-brc-bp-standards-v2-oct-2018.ashx?la=en
We do have additional events throughout the year and occasionally we do need to rearrange some of the things we have planned (normally because of the terrible British weather!), so please keep an eye on our Facebook page for the latest information. If we have your mobile number we’ll text you too.
Annual membership runs from January to December so we’ll soon be sending you a form in the post so that you can renew your membership. This also enables us to make sure that we have the most up to date … Continue reading →
(PLEASE NOTE date change due to change in Area outdoor show jumping qualifier)
Camp this year will take place at BOW HOUSE Equestrian centre. This will give us fantastic facilities, including full set of show jumps, practice fences, and of course, the cross country area. We also have the option of stabling overnight.
We are using a variety of quality instructors, giving a variety of techniques and approaches to improve your riding and confidence.
Timing of camp this year will be hugely beneficial as preparation for the Area events. There will be limited places and so early booking is essential.
We appreciate that not everyone is able to attend the whole camp, although this does give you the best outcome, not only having that intensive time with your horse but also to enjoy the very social occasion.
WHOLE CAMP: arrive sat morning, am riding session of 1.5 hours, bring packed lunch, pm riding session of approx. 1.5 hours. Supper at the pub in Wentnor (food cost as ordered on the night). There will be two more riding sessions on Sunday. Breakfast provided by DRC and lunch can be either ordered for delivery from the pub (cost payable directly to The Wentnor) or arrange your own packed lunch.
Whole Camp including satble for Saturday night £110 (additional night £15)
Individual session: £30
Single Day £60
Stable £15 per night
Non refundable deposit of £45 required by 31st May 2017
Bookings after this date will be subject to availability and an increase of 20% in cost.
Names to Kay as soon as possible, together with deposit by Bacs to secure a place.
Nervous? Sometimes think you should have crochet as a hobby? Join us on our GAIN YOUR CONFIDENCE day! Saturday April 8th at RHOS FARM, starting at 10.30 am. till 12, a bit of lunch and then 1 till 2.30. A team of instructors and sport psychologists will help you to really TACKLE those nerves and help you and your horse reach your potential this season! £40
Another chance to jump at Bow House. Lesson with Caroline in the big arena with full set of jumps. Great fun! Excellent preparation for the Combined Training, but just fun anyway! reply email to Kay please if you are interested. Saturday March 18th at 11.30 am £15 per person