East Cornwall Riding Club 2020 AGM 3 December, 2020

This year because of Covid restrictions the meeting was held by e mail exchange with members and the committee.  Please see draft minutes below.

Draft Minutes 2020 AGM

Key decisions included:

  1. Club Membership fee for 2021 will be held at £25 even though BRC has now increased the fee we have to pay for each member to £17.50.  Sadly,  ECRC cannot offer a discount this year.
  2.  Officers appointed for 2021  are:  Cynthia Robinson (Chair);  Brenda Williams (Treasurer); and Fiona Dalton (Secretary).  The other committee members are Cathy Busby,  Pat Hatch,  Tracey Baker, Vanessa Hunt, Karen Turpin,  Katherine Moore, Joanna Somerset,  Jules Uniacke and Wendy Graves.  Do please contact any of them with your ideas for 2021.
  3. Awards for 2020 go to:

    Most Improved Horse: Tegan Holdaway’s Lonsdales Earl
    Most ImprovedRider: Katrina Jago
    Most Improved DressageRider: Milly Frost
    Most Supportive Person: Katherine Moore

    ChairsChoice Awards 2020:
    Senior : Caroline wills
    Senior: Chantel Gardner
    Junior : Holly Hale

Congratulations to all the above.  Awards, and rosettes from the two virtual dressage competitions, can be collected if you are attending the Christmas show jumping on 20th December or after from Hacks,  Saltash.  Please return any cups you are holding (nicely shined up!)  to Hacks in Saltash before the 20th December.

A tricky year but we have achieved a lot together, thank you so much for taking part . Don’t forget the Christmas Show jumping on Sunday 20th December (advanced entries only).

On a more personal note,  I am saying farewell now to  both club and committee members as I step down both from the secretary role and from the committee.  Our three horses are now largely retired but we have all had such fun together through the riding club.  I miss competing them more than I can say and find it hard to watch you all having so much fun out there.  However you have been a fantastic group to work with so I shall cherish the memories.

Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and a much more positive 2021.

Ann Kinahan


BRC Spotlight Series: BRC Championship Qualifiers

Over the coming weeks we will be doing a weekly spotlight on benefits of being a BRC member and what we have to offer as well as general rules and regulations. Today’s focus is BRC championship qualifiers.

Throughout the year, BRC host 7 National Championships, these are:
⭐️Arena Eventing Championships⭐️
⭐️Novice Winter Championships⭐️
⭐️Intermediate Winter Championships⭐️
⭐️Combined Training Championships⭐️
⭐️Horse Trials Championships⭐️
⭐️National Championships⭐️
⭐️Dressage to Music Championships⭐️

There really is something for everyone ranging from intro-advanced medium dressage and 70cm up to 110cm show jumping and 80cm to 100cm cross-country. Here’s a few FAQs regarding qualifiers.

?How do I qualify for a championship? You need to compete at your area qualifier. For details on dates and how to enter a qualifier, please see the following link: https://www.bhs.org.uk/enjoy-riding/british-riding-clubs/area-qualifiers


?What if my area is not holding a qualifier or specific class? Your area committee can organise for a neighbouring area to host the qualifier or a specific class on the area’s behalf. You would then be able to enter this qualifier.

?Can I enter more than one qualifier for the same championship? No, you may only compete for the qualifier in your club’s area.

?Can I compete for two clubs throughout the year? You may only compete for one club per season. The championships are split into winter and summer seasons – for confirmation of which championship is in which season, please see G1.2 of the current BRC Handbook. If you compete in a qualifier in the winter season, you will not be permitted to change clubs until the summer season; once you have competed with the new club, you not be able to change again until the winter season. You may be a member of two clubs but only enter area competitions with one.

?How do I know if I am eligible to compete? For full eligibility criteria split by championship and class, please see appendix 2 & 3 of the current BRC Handbook. Or send over you and your horses registered name along with the class you wish to compete in, and we can run a check for you. You will need to send this to brcentries@bhs.org.uk.

?Can I compete in qualifiers for every championship? Yes, providing you are eligible, you are permitted to enter your area qualifier for each championship.

?Does my horse need to be up to date on vaccinations for the qualifier? Yes, all qualifiers run under BRC rules so therefore the horses must be compliant with up-to-date flu vaccination rules.
How many people qualify? Numbers to qualify are dependant upon entries. For full details on numbers to qualify, please see appendix 10A of the current BRC Handbook.

?How do I know if I have qualified? You will be able to check the numbers to qualify in appendix 10A of the current BRC Handbook to work out if you are in a qualifying position. Once results are sent to HQ, they are eligibility checked and entered onto the BRC Database. HQ will then email a championship invitation to the team manager listed on the declaration sheet from the qualifier. Until this invitation has been received, the qualification is not confirmed.

If you have any further questions which are not covered here, please send an email to meg.haase@bhs.org.uk and we will be happy to help!

BRC Update 2 Dec 20 – Travel in and out of Tier 3 Areas in England

Following our update on 27 November, we have received further information on the government advice regarding travel
in and out of Tier 3 areas for the purpose of exercise and sport. The government advice states:
For those residing in a Tier 3 area:
• You can continue to travel within your Tier 3 area for reasons such as traveling to venues that are open
• Avoid travelling outside of your Tier 3 area other than where necessary such as:
o for work
o for education
o to access voluntary, charitable or youth services
o because of caring responsibilities
o for moving home
o to visit your support bubble
o for a medical appointment or treatment
• Where necessary, you can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey.
• If you live in a Tier 3 area, you must continue to follow Tier 3 rules when you travel to a Tier 1 or Tier 2 area
For those residing in Tier 1 or 2 areas:
• You can continue to travel within your Tier 1 or 2 area for reasons such as traveling to venues that are open
• However, avoid travel to Tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as:
• for work
• for education
• to access voluntary, charitable or youth services
• to visit your support bubble
• to receive medical treatment
• for moving home
• because of caring responsibilities
• You can travel through a Tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey.
• If you live in a Tier 1 or 2 area, you must continue to follow your Tier rules, or the Tier you are travelling to rules,
whichever is higher, whilst you are there
For general BRC Club activities, we would consider there to be enough local opportunities within your own Tier area, to
avoid unnecessary travel into or out of a Tier 3 area.
However, for BRC Area Qualifiers, it remains the up to the individual to decide whether or not it is necessary to travel
into or out of a Tier 3 area, based upon the government’s advice as detailed above. This can be found in full here:
It will also remain at the organisers discretion whether or not to allow entries from competitors from another Tier,
based on their COVID risk assessment for the event.

BRC Spotlight Series – Flu Vaccinations and Microchipping

Over the coming weeks we will be doing a weekly spotlight on benefits of being a BRC member and what we have to offer as well as general rules and regulations. Today’s focus is the BRC rules on horses Flu Vaccinations and Microchipping and below are some of your frequently asked questions.

?Does my horse need to be up to date on vaccinations? For area qualifiers and championships, horses must be vaccinated in accordance with the current BRC Handbook.

?Why does my horse need to be microchipped? In England, as of 1 October 2020, it is law to have your horse microchipped. For Scotland this will become law on 28 March 2021 and for Wales, on the 12 February 2021, however please note that if you are attending a BRC competition in England, you will be required to have your horse microchipped as per the England legislation regardless of where the horse resides. Please see this link for further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/compulsory-microchipping-to-improve-horse-welfare

?Does my horse need to be vaccinated every 6 months? No, BRC accept annual vaccinations. Horses must however be vaccinated within 6 months and 21 days of the date of the competition they are entered in. For example, if the competition is due to be held on 28 September 2020 the horse must have been vaccinated within the previous 6 months and 21 days of this date, so therefore must’ve been vaccinated after the 7 March 2020.

?Can I check my own passport before competing? Yes, of course! We have an excel Flu Vaccination checker where you can check the initial vaccinations. On this document you can also put in the date of the competition to see when you last needed a vaccination to be within 6 months and 21 days of the competition. This checker can be found here: https://www.bhs.org.uk/enjoy-riding/british-riding-clubs/brc-downloads.

?How long after a vaccination can my horse compete? No injection can be given within 6 days of entering stables or competing. Therefore, if your horse was vaccinated on a Friday, it would not be permitted to enter the stables or compete until the following Friday.

?What gaps do I need between vaccinations for the initial set up? The first two vaccinations must be 21-92 days apart and the third injection must be 150-215 days after the second.

?After the three vaccinations in the set-up, how often do I need to vaccinate? BRC require annual boosters so these must be given on or within a year.

?Does my horse need all three primary injections to compete? No, your horse can compete after having the first two primary injections.

?My vet wrote the date down wrong, can this be amended? Yes, you will need to get your vet to rewrite the date and sign it. It would also be worth keeping a headed paper document with the date of the vaccination from the vets in case it gets questioned.

?If my booster is a day late, can I still compete? No, you will need to get your horses vaccinations restarted.

?I have the boosters but not the initial vaccinations, is that ok? No, BRC require the full history of vaccinations including the initial set up so this must be presented at the competition.