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: 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: 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 -


Members Free Training Day?

Free Members Training Days………what are your thoughts ?

Dear HDRC members,

We are looking into holding some members days throughout the year.

This would involve a good get together with your horses and getting free training.

To qualify per training day you must have completed 2 half day helps.

So the questions are…..

What type of training do you want?  Would have to be arena based.

Which coaches do you want?

Where do you think would be a good venue?

It obviously has to be good value for the club, so no really expensive coaches! Not sure Ingrid Klimke would come! ����

If anyone has any fantastic facilities we can have cheaply or free please let me know! But probably need min of two arenas one being big enough to jump in.

This is just about testing the water, as these things take much time and effort to organise, so bear with me.

If you want to be involved start getting your helps in !����

Answers on a postcard please! To



EGM Results

As a result of the EGM last night the clubs membership will now run from 1st January - 31st December for future years.

This means that current members don't need to renew till the end of 2019 and anyone that joins as a new member now won't have to renew till the end of 2020! 15 months membership for the price of 12.

2019 EGM

Monday 9th September

Mount Pleasant Farm
Parish Lane
Pease Pottage
RH10 5NY
at 7.30pm

All members are invited to an EGM to vote on the change of members year to run from 1st January to 31st December.

This change is being bought about following a BRC Advisory Meeting and BRC HQ wanting the membership year to run in line with the BRC financial year. BRC want every club to run in line with HQ which makes for a smoother and more efficient way of working, not only for accounting and insurance purposes but also for administration purposes. All clubs will have the same financial and membership year making BRC more clear and consistent throughout the whole of the membership.

The change to membership year means we need to change the constitution which can't be done without votes from members. If you agree to this change your current membership will extend to the end of 2019, giving you 3 months free extended membership.
If you aren't able to attend we can accept email votes -

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