At the beginning of 2019, British Eventing introduced Continuing Performance Requirements in a bid to improve safety in the sport.
Following ongoing data analysis work around risk carried out by EquiRatings, it was found that whilst the majority of British Eventing members are competing with the normal levels of risk, there exists, at every level, a small percentage who continue to compete at a level despite consistent poor performance.
The new requirements demonstrate that horses and riders at all levels are able to maintain performance standards, through the safe completion of the cross country phase.
As set out in rule 2.9.2: the Continuing Performance Requirements are:
A horse which, at any level, incurs either –
two consecutive cross country eliminations, as a result of refusal, run out or fall of horse or rider, or
a total of three such eliminations within a 12 month rolling period may not compete again at the level, or the highest level, at which the eliminations were incurred, until an MER standard round has been completed at the level immediately below that at which the eliminations were incurred,
if incurred at different levels, at the level below the highest level at which the eliminations were incurred.
If a Continuing Performance Requirement is incurred by eliminations at BE80(T) level then a trainer will be appointed by the Sport Manager to assess the horse and submit a written report before the horse may again take part in any BE competition.
A rider of a horse or horses which incur two Continuing Performance Requirements within a 12 month rolling period will be referred under Rule 3.8.4.
Continuing Performance Requirements use eliminations obtained through accumulated refusals, falls and three refusals at one fence. Elimination for another reason, such a missing a fence out or a retirement, does not trigger a Continuing Performance Requirement.
Debbie Pritchard, BE Sport Manager, commented; “This is a great step forward for the safety of our sport, and I would like to thank EquiRatings for their work on this project. Based on EquiRatings’ analysis it is predicted that around 2.3 per cent of horses competing with BE will be impacted by this rule, but that the number of horse falls it could prevent will be much greater.”