New Whip Rule

Attached is a copy of the new BS whip rule that will also apply to any BRC competitions

 

/downloads/whip__Spurs_Ruling_and_Visual_Guide,_Jan_2020.pdf

LOGO needed!

Horsham & District Riding Club has never had a logo and we think it's about time we did. 

We're sure that at least one of our members must be artisitic and can design a logo for us so we're running a competition and the winner will be announced at the AGM on Monday 2nd March. The prize will be a polo shirt with our new logo printed on it. Email your design to caroline.exley@talk21.com and the closing date is Sunday 23rd February.

Looking forward to seeing your ideas!

NEW COMMITTEE MEMBER NEEDED

Unfortunately Jenny Hickman has decided to step down as a committee member and will be very much missed as an active and supportive member of the committee.

 

This now means we are seeking someone who has the time and energy to be actively involved with organising training for club members. We have committee meetings every 6 to 8 weeks to discuss the upcoming events and welcome new ideas or suggestions of activities that members would be interested in. Our next meeting is on Monday 13th January and it would be possible to attend some of the meeting to find out more. If still interested you could be voted onto the committee at our AGM in February.

 

Contact Caroline Exley - caroline.exley@talk21.com or Carol Porter - carolporte@aol.com or any committee member for more information

 

BRC Flu Vaccination Changes for 2020

**Important Flu Vaccination Update**
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.
 

*Update for clarification*

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).

If you have any queries, please contact the BRC Office.

 

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.

2019/20 BRC NAF Interdressage League

We know lots of you enjoy dressage, but did you know that BRC and Interdressage run an online competition league, covering dressage and a number of other disciplines, over the winter months. Which is open to all BRC Clubs and Riding Club Centres, now with great monthly NAF prizes too. The League started in October and ends on 30 April 2020. It has been designed to encourage more BRC Riding Club and Riding Club Centre members to ‘Give Interdressage a Go,’ by making it possible for you to ride your tests/classes in a relaxed manner from the comfort of familiar surroundings. Making this suitable for absolutely any level of rider, from the true beginner to the more advanced competitor.

 

All you need is an arena, or fairly flat, marked out field and a friend to film your test, then just upload to YouTube and enter via the Interdressage website: www.interdressage.com. It is even possible with a camera and tripod to record your own test.

 

As well as Dressage at various levels, Interdressage offers Baroque Dressage, Style Jumping, Ridden and In Hand Showing, plus Practical Horsemanship and Handy Horse classes, and from time to time a number of fun Novelty classes, including a charity Hobby Horse Dressage class! All the tests are professionally judged, with comprehensive feedback and cost just £12.00 per class to enter. So a huge range of great value classes to have a go at. This year, each month NAF will be awarding the highest placed BRC Interdressage individual competitor with a special prize. At the end of the League we will be awarding fabulous BRC rosettes for the winning Riding Club / Riding Club Centre and a wonderful overall individual prize from our sponsor NAF, plus a rosette and sash. In addition the highest placed four winning Club/Centre riders and overall winning individual rider will be invited to lunch and a presentation at the BRC NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships, at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, in August 2020.

 

All the monthly Interdressage classes also have rosettes up to 10th place, with prize money awarded too, and you could be competing Internationally with riders from all over the World taking part. There is a great social Interdressage Facebook page for any questions or tips and advice. It really is an ideal way for those not confident enough to go out competing to start competing. Or a great way of trying out a more advanced level, or just to keep practising over the winter months for those more experienced competitors not wanting to venture too far. And the beauty of it all is you can compete when you want, where you want, and you don’t have to be particularly smart or have a super clean horse, absolutely ideal for the winter months! We have produced a short video showing how to get involved - http://bitly.ws/6rtn

https://www.interdressage.com/british-riding-club-league/

 

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