New safety initiative introduced for 2019 season

A key initiative aimed at improving safety in eventing has been introduced by British Eventing. 

Following the ongoing data analysis work around risk carried out by EquiRatings, it was found that whilst the majority of the membership is competing with the normal levels of risk, there exists, at every level, a small percentage who continues to compete at a level despite consistent poor performance.

As a result, the Continuing Performance Requirements initiative has been introduced from this season. 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. 

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,
Or, 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 participate in any further BE competitions. 

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 which states:
“If a Competitor’s riding has given cause for concern and the BE Steward or Technical Adviser consider that the Competitor may benefit from additional advice and/or training, they may refer the Competitor, via the Event Incident Log, to the Chairman of the Risk Management Committee. After discussion with the Competitor, the Chairman will decide whether coaching sessions and/or assessments with a specifically appointed senior BE coach are necessary. If at any time the Risk Management Committee Chairman has on-going concerns he may refer the matter to the Chief Executive who may, inter alia, prevent the Competitor entering further BE competitions until those concerns are resolved.” 

Continuing Performance Requirements use eliminations obtained through accumulated refusals, falls and three refusals at one fence. Elimination for another reason, missing out a fence for example, or a retirement would 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% 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.”

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