Resumption of driving activities
17 June 2020

by British Carriagedriving


British Carriagedriving are delighted to announce that the first National event of 2020 will be held at Ashfields on 14-16 August, subject to the planned easing of Government restrictions on 4th July. Special measures will be in place to comply with Government guidelines to ensure the safety of all involved.

Council have already confirmed that any horse or pony that missed an annual vaccination regrettably will have to start the Primary Course again and have the first two vaccinations before they can compete, but agreed to waive the requirement for horses to have been vaccinated within six months of an event. The requirement for a vaccination within 6 months of a competition will be reintroduced for the 2021 season.

British Carriagedriving are increasingly confident that it will be possible to put on a National Championships and send teams to the various FEI championships scheduled for later this year.

Ashfields in August has now been agreed as a selection event for the Horse Singles World Championships at Pau (FRA) in October. Council are maintaining a flexible approach to selection and to the possibility that it may be necessary to request that the team is chosen by the Selection and Ratification panel. This is particularly relevant as the time scale for lifting restrictions is not uniform across the UK and some drivers, aiming for selection, may not be in a position to travel as early as August.

The BEF offices are partially open so FEI passports can once again be processed although they may take longer than usual due to the likelihood of high demand. If you wish to apply for any changes or updates to your FEI passports, please use the options in the shop which can be accessed from the BC website using the Members Login. If you have any problems getting logged in, please contact the BC office for assistance.

BC Chairman, Chris Smith, said, I hope that you and your families remain safe and well. I am delighted by the commitment shown by Ashfields to comply with the Government guidance and run our first National in 2020 so that we can carry on enjoying our sport.

British Carriagedriving continues to urge all members and stakeholders to adhere to the current Government guidance and advice in their own regions, particularly on social distancing, in order to help contain the spread of the virus.

 

We are updating the event listings and diary pages as soon as we are notified by the organisers of any changes.

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