British Eventing has announced a number of key rule changes ahead of the 2017 season starting.
The key change has been the introduction of ‘Protective Headwear’ being mandatory for all three phases, including dressage, at all levels. Previously it had only been compulsory for riders competing below Novice level.
The rule states that ‘Protective headwear that meets the required standard must be worn whenever mounted anywhere at a BE event’. This means that for Novice level and above hunting caps or beagle hats, and for Advanced Intermediate level and above top hats, are no longer permitted when mounted at a BE event.
Following a trial during the 2016 season, BE has announced that stop watches are now permitted in all classes for cross country at one day events, including BE80(T), BE90, BE100, BE105 and BE100Plus. However, no receiving, recording, transmitting or monitoring device other than a watch may be used by a competitor may be used during any phase of an event except with the permission of the Chief Executive.
Minimum Eligability Requirements are also being introduced for riders wishing to compete in BE100, BE105 and Novice, classes. In order to be eligible for BE100, all riders need to have completed two BE90 classes with qualifying results, and for riders in the year of their 12th or 13th birthday this must be achieved as a horse/rider combination. To compete at BE105, riders will need two BE100 completions with qualifying results and riders must have completed three classes at BE100, BE100Plus or BE105 with qualifying results in order to compete at Novice.