Members are reminded that they must ensure that ‘flu vaccinations are up to date if they wish to enter team events and attend our clinics at the various venues we use.
You can find everything you need to know in the BRC MEMBERS HANDBOOK 2021 under section G7 (page 25 onwards) The rule book states that: Each horse must have a valid vaccination certificate, which undeniably relates to that horse, completed, signed and stamped on each line by a veterinary surgeon, who is not the owner of the animal.
The certificate must state that each horse has received two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza given no less than 21 days and no more than 92 days apart. Only the first two injections need to have been given before the horse can compete.
In addition, a first booster injection must be given no less than 150 days and no more than 215 days after the second injection of the primary vaccination.
Subsequently, booster injections must be given at intervals of not more than one year apart, commencing after the first booster injection. None of these injections must be given within the preceding 7 days, including the day of competition or entry into the competition stables.
There is a ‘flu vaccination checker for 2021 available for download here:
BRC RULE CHANGE – ‘FLU VACCINATIONS: From 1 March 2020, in order to compete at area qualifiers and championships, 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 (but not in any of the 6 preceding days) of the competition and/or entry to competition stables.
No injection should have been given on any of the 6 days before the competition and/or entry to competition stables. For example: if the horse is vaccinated on the Monday, the horse will not be eligible to enter championship stables, or compete until the following Monday
IMPORTANT: This does not mean vaccinations need to be done every 6 months; it means that the vaccination needs to be within 6 months and 21 days of the competition. This rule applies to Qualifiers and Championships only. Whilst we recommend that Clubs also follow this advice for Club activities, they remain autonomous and can therefore decide what they will require for their own training and events.
For more information about this, please go to http://www.bhs.org.uk/enjoy-riding/british-riding-clubs/news where there is the statement made by BRC on 8th November 2019 explaining the reasons for this change.
It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY as the owner/rider of your horse and as a VVRC member to ensure your vaccinations are in line with the rules and expectations of both BRC and the host venue.