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.

Update on Covid Restrictions for England from BRC dated 27th November 2020

From 2 December, BRC activities can resume across all Tiers. The table below shows the specific guidelines for
each type of activity in each Tier. You can find which Tier your area has been placed in here:
https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions.   It should be noted that your individual Tier is taken
from your home address, not where your horse is kept.
Whilst sporting activity is permitted to resume in all three Tiers, it should be noted that associated travel
restrictions may govern what BRC activities can take place. As a general rule, people residing in Tier 1 can
travel to Tier 2 but must comply with Tier 2 rules whilst there i.e. numbers allowed to meet. People residing in
Tier 2 can travel to Tier 1 but must continue to comply with Tier 2 rules whilst there. There should be no unnecessary travel into or out of Tier 3. BRC activities would not be considered necessary travel, so whilst events
are permitted to be held in Tier 3 areas, they should only be attended by people residing within those areas.
Organisers should do their best to enforce these travel restrictions, however it remains the ultimate
responsibility of the individual.
Specific advice for horse owners, coaches, venues and riding schools can be found on the BHS website here:
https://www.bhs.org.uk/advice-and-information/coronavirus-covid-19.

Notice of ECRC AGM (by e mail exchange) on 3rd December, 2020

This year, with the Covid restrictions and current lockdown, our AGM will take the form of an e mail exchange between club members and the ECRC committee with the decisions on things like membership fee for 2021 and club awards being finalised on Thursday 3rdDecember. We will notify members of the outcome shortly after 3rdDecember and then we hope, subject to Covid rules, to be able to hand out club awards at our Xmas SJ competition on Sunday 20th December at Duchy College. (We will let you know where to return your 2019 trophies).

Members will have received an e mail and papers.

If you are not a club member but would like to provide feedback for the AGM, or indeed volunteer with the club, please message me on facebook me stating your comment and letting me know you are not a member.

Thank you very much indeed.

Ann Kinahan, Secretary, ECRC.

November 2020 Lockdown message from British Riding Clubs

Following the recent announcement of another national lockdown in England from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, we are saddened to announce that the current interpretation is that all BRC activity, bar virtual activity, must cease during this time. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes all activities run under the BRC banner, including competitions, training, clinics and camps. We continue to liaise with the Department for Digital, Media and Sport and Sport England, and will update you further should the advice change.

Kind regards,

Megan  Gibbs,  British Riding Clubs