BE Key Rule Changes 2019

09 Jan 19

The new British Eventing season is now just weeks away, below are a few reminders of some of the key rule changes and updates for 2019. Please take a few minutes to familiarise yourself with these notices; further details, the full BE Rules and Members’ Handbook, can be found HERE.

Key Rule Changes and updates for 2019

2.9.2 Continuing Performance Requirements

As part of British Eventing’s role in improving the safety of eventing, BE has this year introduced Continuing Performance Requirements. The new Continuing Performance Requirements are the results of the data analysis project around risk carried out by EquiRatings, and 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. Read more HERE.

The Continuing Performance Requirements are:

Horses

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 again take part in any BE competition.

Riders

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 as found in the BE Rules and Members’ Handbook HERE.

Continuing Performance Requirements use eliminations obtained through accumulated refusals, falls and three refusals at one fence. Elimination for another reason (e.g. missing a fence out) or a retirement would not trigger a Continuing Performance Requirement.

9.2 9.2 Rider Falls and Medical Checks

Under no circumstances must a competitor leave the event site after a fall until he has been examined by an Event Doctor. A competitor who does so will be automatically medically suspended and must follow the procedure set out in 9.3.2.3.

Training Passes

From 1 January 2019, Training Passes will no longer be in use. Any competitor with an eligible rider membership wishing to compete in a BE80(T) without a Horse Season Ticket, will now only need to purchase a Horse Day Pass.

Full, Day Pass and Supporter Membership types are all eligible to purchase a Horse Day Pass to compete in an unlimited number of BE80(T) classes, without the need to take out a Horse Season Ticket. Owner membership types can also purchase Horse Day Passes, but the rider will need a Day Pass, Supporter or Full membership to compete.

For Day Pass and Supporter Members who would like to compete in BE90 to Intermediate Novice level classes, they will need to purchase both a Rider and Horse Day Pass and will only be allowed a maximum of four Rider Day Passes per season.

In order to compete at any level without restriction, riders will need a Full Membership and horses will require a Horse Season Ticket, which will also allocate that horse with ballot stickers for priority entries.

Entry Fees and Prize Money

Following the announcement made in October, entry fees and prize money will increase by 2.25% in 2019. The new entry fees can be found in the table below:

BE level Current entry fee (2018 incl VAT  & AIP Increase Revised entry fee (2019)
BE80(T) £76.21 £1.71 £77.92
BE90/100 w/o PM £76.21 £1.71 £77.92
BE90/BE100/BE105 with PM £80.59 £1.81 £82.40
Novice £92.91 £2.09 £95.00
Intermediate £127.20 £2.86 £130.06
Advanced £172.79 £3.90 £176.69

 

7.3 Body Protector

As first announced in September 2016, from 1 January 2019 a body protector that meets one of the following requirements is mandatory for cross country and whenever else a body protector is worn:

  • A British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) approved and appropriately labelled “Level 3 body protector”, with the year 2009 or 2018 shown on the label manufactured in the year 2009 or after, or,
  • An Exo Body Cage which, if worn, must be declared to the Event Secretary prior to the cross country phase.

 

2.9.3.3 Height of horses

Horses competing in BE80(T) and BE90 classes must be at least 132cm (previously 137cms).

6.1 The Dressage Phase

During the dressage phase, if the judge considers the horse to be markedly lame or suspects bleeding they should stop the test and consult with the BE Steward and the vet. At the discretion of the BE Steward following such consultation, the combination may be eliminated or allowed to complete the test, and in the case of any unevenness of pace, penalised appropriately.

Qualification and eligibility for the BE80(T) Championships

  1. Qualification for BE80(T) Regional Finals
  • Combinations which finish in the top 20 per cent of each normal BE80(T) section held at BE events from 1st August 2018 to 30th April 2019 inclusive, and which are eligible in accordance with paragraph 2 below, will qualify to compete at a BE80(T) Regional Final. This percentage may be adjusted at the request of the Chief Executive.
  • Regional Finals for qualified combinations will take place between May and July 2019 and will be conducted in accordance with the rules for BE80(T) classes.
  1. Eligibility for BE80(T) Regional Finals
  • Both horse and competitor must still be eligible to compete in BE80(T) classes on the date of the Regional Final.
  • Competitors must not have completed an Intermediate or higher level competition during the current or preceding ten calendar seasons and must never have competed in a 5* competition.
  • Combinations must not have gained Foundation Points at BE100/BE100Open/BE100u18/BE100 Plus/BE105.
  • Combinations must not have won more than 25 Foundation Points.
  • Downgraded Horses, if otherwise eligible, may take part.
  • Combinations may only compete in one BE80(T) Regional Final for each qualifying result attained and, once qualified for the Championship Final, may not compete in subsequent BE80(T) Regional Finals. If a Competitor withdraws from a Regional Final because he has qualified elsewhere since entry, Entry Secretaries will be asked to do their best to fit him into an alternative section, but
  1. if an alternative place is not available, or
  2. the competitor does not accept an alternative place, or

iii.          a competitor withdraws for any other reason, the Refund Policy for the event will apply.

  • Horses must be ridden by the same rider throughout the qualifying process, except with the permission of the Chief Executive. Requests to substitute riders must be made in writing to the office

 

  1. Qualification for the BE80(T) Championship Final
  • The top 20 per cent of eligible starters at each BE80(T) Regional Final will qualify for the BE80(T) Championship Final. This percentage may be adjusted at the request of the Chief Executive.

 

  1. Eligibility for the BE80(T) Championship Final
  • Both horse and competitor must still be eligible to compete in BE80(T) classes on the date of the Championship Final.
  • Competitors must not have completed an Intermediate or higher level competition during the current or preceding ten calendar seasons and must never have competed in a 5* competition.
  • Combinations must not have gained Foundation Points at BE100/BE100Open/BE100Plus/BE105/BE100u18.
  • Combinations must not have won more than 25 Foundation Points.
  • Downgraded Horses, if otherwise eligible, may take part.
  • No substitutions will be permitted for the Championship Final. The same competitor who qualified the horse must ride at the Championship Final.

 

  1. The 2019 BE80(T) Championship Final
  • This will be held in Autumn 2019 and will be conducted in accordance with the heights for BE80(T) classes at One Day Events but of a Championship technicality.
  • Foundation Points will be awarded as per Rule 8.10.

 

New FEI class codes

From 1 January 2019, FEI classes will be updated to the following class codes:

New class code from 2019 Previously known as
Olympic Games and WEG (Special category) Olympic Games and WEG
CCI5*-L CCI4*
CCI4*-L CCI3*
CCI4*-S CIC3*
CCI3*-L CCI2*
CCI3*-S CIC2*
CCI2*-L CCI1*
CCI2*-S CIC1*
CCI1* New introductory level

 

Following this change, the BE leagues from 2019 have been renamed to:

Gatehouse 2* League (previously 1*)

3* League (previously 2*)

Britannia 4*  League (previously 3*)

The level of competition for each remained unchanged.

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