British Eventing is ploughing on with plans for Eventing to recommence at the start of July.

Sarah Wells-Gaston

As it stands, BE is currently awaiting further guidance from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport in relation to the resumption of amateur sport. It has been advised by the Sport and Recreation Alliance that guidance is expected in the near future. But with just two weeks to go, plans are being progressed and It has confirmed its Sport Resumption Fixtures Calendar which covers the period 4th July to 31st August.

Whilst the resumption of competition is not guaranteed, 4th July remains the aim in line with phase three of the English government’s “Road to recovery plan”. BE has received specific guidance in relation to elite sport behind closed doors and it is expecting that the next release of guidance from DCMS will include guidance for amateur sport which would be crucial in allowing BE to officially restart Eventing competition.

In its latest update, BE also addressed the on-going issues surrounding abandonment insurance saying it was making good progress and hoped to be in a position to provide a further update shortly.

So with a start to Eventing competition on the horizon, what is the situation and what can we expect?

When will entries open?

BE HAS always said that it does not feel it is appropriate to open entries until government guidance has been released which means that the event itself can go ahead. Therefore, until the anticipated guidance is received, BE will not open entries for any events. It aims to open entries week commencing 15th June at the earliest.

What is the Sport Resumption Fixtures Calendar?

BE has been working closely with all organisers to confirm a new Sport Resumption Fixtures Calendar and has confirmed what this calendar will look like from 4th July through to 31st August.

BE is in the process of confirming the remaining fixtures for September and October and will publish these shortly. For those planning campaigns for their horses at Novice and above, the calendar remains largely unaltered, and it is hoping to replace the Blenheim weekend CCI4*-S and CCI 4*-L fixture, and also to insert an additional CCI3*-L at the end of October. Organisers have been asked to provide an expression of interest for these classes.

Have events been added to the fixtures list?

Yes, events have been moved in the calendar as well as new events added in order to give members a range of competition opportunities.

What about BE90 and BE100 Regional Finals?

Regional Finals for the Science Supplements Cup until the end of August are included on the Sport Resumption Fixtures Calendar, and those in the latter part of the season will be released shortly. BE is considering the position for those who had qualified for RF’s which were abandoned earlier in the season and will provide more information shortly.

What is the current situation with vaccinations?

Some members may not have been able to have their horses vaccinated during lockdown. On the advice of our Chief Veterinary Officer that the risk of Equine Influenza is currently low, BE has announced there will be an amnesty on the requirement for a booster within 6 months prior to the date of competition, effective from 1st July through to the end of October.

For clarity, horses competing in national classes during the 2020 season must have up to date annual vaccinations. The requirement for the horse to have had the most recent booster within the six months and 21 days prior to the competition will return for the 2021 season.

If your horse has missed the annual vaccination renewal then you will need to restart the course of injections again before competing. This means you need to have had a first and second vaccination within no less than 21 days of each other and 7 clear days after the second vaccination before the date of competition. Those competing at FEI events will require vaccinations in line with FEI requirements.

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