Equine Flu Update - 01/03/19
Unvaccinated horses attending shows / events
Throughout the current equine flu outbreak, the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has continued to urge equine owners to ensure that their vaccination records are up to date.
The BEF has also strongly recommended that all competition and event organisers check the equine ID passports of all horses to ensure that they comply with vaccination rules.
This is based on advice from experts in equine influenza and epidemiology with experience of managing previous outbreaks.
The BEF reminds organisers that, during the current outbreak, it is vital that unvaccinated horses do not mix with other horses because of the increased risk of such an infectious disease spreading. It is important that organisers and owners recognise that equine welfare is a priority and take steps to prevent the further spread of equine flu.
There is more guidance available on the BEF website and in our Q&A

Equine Flu Update - 01/03/19
Foal influenza vaccination
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) continues to monitor the outbreak of Equine Influenza (EI) and continues to urge all equine owners to make sure their vaccination records are up to date.
The BEF has also issued the following advice to try to maximise the immunity of young foals against EI.
1. We urge all owners to adhere to strict biosecurity protocols at all times.
2. Vaccinations are subject to local risk assessments by the attending veterinarians.
3. In-foal mares that have already had vaccinations of primary EI course should be vaccinated 4-6 weeks before the foal is due to be born.
4. Foals should be vaccinated for EI at 6 months to commence their primary course.


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 Contact IDHS(GB)
  Office Telephone : 0345 2300 399 (Mon - Wed 9.00am - 5.00pm)

 Out of Hours Helpline
 Brian & Liz Gates : 01461 700434 (Mon - Fri: 6.30pm-9.30pm)

 Enforcement agencies' emergency contact number outside these hours and horse inspection queries only
 Heather Chaplin : 01823 601625




Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th August 2019
Arena UK, Allington, Grantham, Lincolnshire. NG32 2EF

Breed Show Page


  The Showing Council’s agreed training provider is Haddon Training 




Mare Inspections - update April 2019

Spring venue (for animals aged three years and older):

Thursday 9 May 2019: Arrathorne Sport Horse and Bloodstock Ltd; Hunter House, Oughtibridge Lane, Grenoside, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S35 8QD. Venue offered by courtesy of Mr and Mrs Meer.

Please note that all animals entering the yard must be vaccinated and free from obvious signs of disease.

The proposed inspection at Bewholme, East Yorkshire on 10 May is no longer taking place.

The closing date for these venues was 31 March.

Summer venues (for animals aged two years and older):

Thursday 11 July 2019: c/o Allan and Ogilvy Webster, Laighlands Stud, Glenfarg, Perthshire, Scotland PH2 9PX.

This venue has been timed to allow applicants to compete at Perth Show in early August. The closing date for this venue is 7 June 2019.

If you live in Scotland and have a mare to be inspected, now is your opportunity, as Irish Draught numbers are relatively low in this country and inspections cannot take place every year.

Friday 16 August 2019: Annual Breed Show, Arena UK, Grantham. These inspections will be held from 2 p.m. on the Friday afternoon at the Annual Breed Show venue, to enable owners to show in-hand at the show. The closing date for this (and all subsequent venues) is 15 July 2019.


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Show Dates 2019

The list of affiliated show dates is now available on the website (under 'Shows & Events/Shows Info') This list is not complete, and will be added to as further affiliations are confirmed.

Annual General Meeting - 2019


SUNDAY 28th APRIL 2019

Coffee, Tea and Biscuits will be served from 10.30 am
Meeting will commence at 11.00 am,
followed by a Buffet Lunch.

All Members are welcome and encouraged to attend

Judges Assessment Day - October 2019

(date to be confirmed)
This Assessment is for those who wish to be considered for inclusion on the Conformation and/or ride Judges’ Panels.
To obtain an application form, please email : judges@idhsgb.com


Horse Sport Prepares For Brexit

The BEF released the following Press Release on 24 January 2019:

Horse Sport Prepares For Brexit

Although the outcomes of Parliamentary negotiations surrounding Brexit remain uncertain, the horse world has been working closely together to understand the implications for horse owners when the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.

Leaders from a number of organisations from horse sport, racing, vets, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) have been developing plans for what needs to be done in case the UK leaves with no deal.

The chief concern for horse owners will be transportation. Our focus has been on the following areas:
All horses leaving the UK to enter the EU will need a new type of Export Health Certificate (EHC) which would require blood tests signed off by an Official Veterinarian (OV) to confirm it is free from disease. EHCs would last 10 days and would accompany the horse and its horse passport. Requirements for movements to the rest of the world remain largely unchanged.

Developing a new type of Equine Travel ID Document. This would be needed, as well as a horse passport, for horses which do not have studbook passports or are not registered with an international body which governs sport or racing (such as the FEI)
Given increased demand, ensuring there will be enough Official Veterinarians and other experts and specialists, to carry out health inspections, blood tests and produce EHCs
Submitting evidence to the EU about the UK’s health status so that the UK can be granted a Third Country status/category. This will determine the extent of the blood tests required by horses before moving.

The effect on transport authorisations, certificates of competence and vehicle approval certificates.
The extent of probable delays at channel crossing points (Channel Tunnel and ferry ports) and the need for more Border Inspection Posts both in the UK and the EU, because of requirements to check horse identity and health certificates.

Tariffs on permanent horse movements.

A system to take over from the EU’s movements recording database (TRACES) to enable the UK to keep its own horse movement records.

Mutual recognition of EU and UK studbooks to preserve their registered horses’ ability to travel without the additional Equine Travel ID Document.

Availability and recognition of veterinary medicines.

British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Chief Executive Nick Fellows says; “The terms of the UK’s departure from the EU have not yet been confirmed but, given the serious implications for equestrian sport, we have been working closely with the relevant authorities. As soon as the situation becomes clearer the BEF will inform its members so that horse owners will be aware of actions they may need to take.”

For any media enquiries, please contact BEF Head of Communications Matt Williams on 07595 763908 or matt.williams@bef.co.uk


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