Updated Whip and Vaccinations rules from BE for 2020


We are aware that some members are confused as to whether British Eventing has made a change to permitted whips. We would like to clarify that British Eventing is not introducing a new rule in relation to the type of whips that are permitted (rule 7.6), and the only change is to the use of the whip (rule 5.5).

Please see below:

7.6 Whips (unchanged from 2019)

No whip of any kind may be carried whilst competing in the dressage test. One whip only, no longer than 120cm including lash, may be carried when riding on the flat at any other time. One whip only, no longer than 75cm and not weighted, may be carried when jumping any obstacle .

Please note the change to the rule 5.5:

5.5 Horse Welfare – Abuse of Horse

  • Use of the Whip
  • With appropriate severity.  As a reprimand only.  However; it should never be hit more than three times twice for any one incident. Use of a whip which causes injury, e.g. broken skin or weal, is always excessive.

The full 2020 BE Rules and Members’ Handbook can be found HERE.


10.2 Vaccinations – National Competition

No Horse may take part in a BE National Event (which includes entering competition stables) unless it has a current vaccination against equine influenza which complies with the following conditions:

  • Two injections for primary vaccination, not less than 21 days and not more than 92 days apart, are required before being eligible to compete;
  • A first booster injection must be given within seven months (not more than 215 days) after the second injection of primary vaccination;
  • Subsequent booster injections must be given at intervals of not more than one year, commencing after the first booster injection;
  • In order to compete a horse must be vaccinated in accordance with the above rules and MUST also have had a vaccination within 6 calendar months and 21 days of the competition, BUT;
  • No injection should have been given 7 days before the competition.