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In the Prime Equine ‘HOT SADDLE’ this week is……

British Eventing Board of Directors Appointments

British Eventing is now seeking to appoint two Non-Executive Directors to sit on the BE Board;

Commercial Director – providing leadership and strategic direction to Commercial and Marketing and sit on the Commercial and Marketing Committee. The full role description can be found HERE.

International Director – offering strategic direction to the International Committee and sit on the International Committee. The full role description can be found HERE.

A Letter of Motivation and CV should be sent to the Chief Executive David Holmes at on david.holmes@britisheventing.com by the 27th February 2018. Interviews will take place during the week commencing 12th March 2018. The Chairman (paul.hodgson@britisheventing.com) and Chief Executive are both available to discuss these roles with anyone considering applying.

If you cannot download the role descriptions via the links above please email Renee Groeninx on Renee.Groeninx@britisheventing.com to request a copy.


Land Rover is to support the national governing bodies of the Olympic and Paralympic equestrian disciplines


Land Rover partnership 2018

British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping are delighted to announce a new partnership with iconic British automotive brand, Land Rover. This alignment sees them become the Official Vehicle Supplier to the three governing bodies of the Olympic equestrian sports.

Land Rover has been at the heart of equestrian sport for over 30 years and has become synonymous with the equestrian community and its enduring lifestyle. The partnership includes the supply of six Land Rover Discovery Sport vehicles which will be used as team support vehicles for major championships as well as day-to-day operations.

Scott Dicken, Jaguar Land Rover UK Marketing Director, said: “Land Rover is proud to support the national governing bodies of the Olympic and Paralympic equestrian disciplines. Supporting British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping with three highly capable Discovery Sports will aid the development of our home-grown riders whatever the weather and whatever the terrain.”

Jason Brautigam, Chief Executive for British Dressage, added “We are delighted to welcome Land Rover on board as the Official Vehicle Supplier to British Dressage. Supporters will be able to see the branded Discovery Sport vehicles out and about at our high profile national events and championships, as well as international shows supporting our Under 21 teams. We’re thoroughly looking forward to building on this exciting partnership with Land Rover as it’s such a great brand association for our sport.”

David Holmes, British Eventing Chief Executive, continued; “British Eventing is very happy to welcome Land Rover on board as Official Vehicle Supplier – the logistical support will be invaluable to our staff, volunteers and youth teams. The iconic Land Rover brand has been synonymous with eventing and equestrian sport for many years and we look forward to working with Land Rover through this exciting partnership.”

Iain Graham, Chief Executive for British Showjumping, said: “Land Rover has been a significant supporter of equestrian sport for many years and we are pleased to welcome them on board as British Showjumping’s Official Vehicle Supplier. The Land Rover brand is a great fit for the Olympic Disciplines and the vehicles will certainly be an asset to our organisation.”

Important change to rider falls and medical checks

Following continued monitoring of concussion research and Head Injury Assessment Guidelines and consultation with healthcare professions, the Chief Medical Officers for BE and the FEI and British Eventing Officials and Organisers, BE has implemented the rule that any competitor falling during their dressage test or on course of the show jumping or cross country phase will be eliminated and not allowed to continue on course.

The rule change, which comes into effect at the start of the 2018 eventing season (3rd March), follows feedback from stakeholders, including events, and follows advice from the BE Chief Medical Officer, Judith Johnson; “Post fall assessment of riders may require a thorough physical, mental competence and neurological assessment. This is a time consuming process may need to be repeated after a period of time in order to make a clinical decision whether that rider is fit to compete again that day. We have a duty of care to our members which, in the light of recent guidelines on concussion management, has led to this rule change.”

BE National Safety Officer, Jonathan Clissold, added; “This level of assessment to ensure the safety of riders who wished to complete that phase would also require additional medical staff on site and impact on the structure and organisational framework of an event. However, these checks can be performed outside of the competition area itself to allow riders who have fallen in the warm up to continue in the competition.

“Whilst every effort has been made to enable a rider to continue after a fall in a safe manner; BE and event organisers have worked incredibly hard to provide standards of safety and medical provision for all BE events that are as high as possible and this rule change is essential to ensure that rider safety is maintained. The new rule will also bring BE in line with FEI rules regarding the fall of a competitor which has been imposed by them since 2008.”

Key information:

  • Riders who fall during their dressage test or anywhere on course in the show jumping or cross country phases will be eliminated and unable to continue.
  • Riders who fall in the warm up of any phase or before passing through the start of the show jumping or cross country must be checked by a doctor before continuing.
  • Multiple horse riders who fall off must undergo a fit to ride assessment carried out by the event doctor before being allowed to ride subsequent horses.
  • A competitor who falls at any stage of the competition must be checked by the event doctor before continuing or leaving site. It is the responsibility of the competitor to ensure compliance with these rules.


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