BEF vaccination update - 2 April 2020

The British Equestrian Federation, in conjunction with the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), has approved a proposal regarding the vaccination schedule for equine influenza in competition horses competing under its member bodies. The move has been made in order to help riders, owners and vets tackle the significant logistical challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and provide clarity for all.

All competitive disciplines under the BEF umbrella currently operate a requirement for an annual booster every 12 months after an initial course of two injections and the first booster injection. This will remain the case throughout 2020, which means that any horse who goes beyond their annual renewal date will be required to start again. The initial vaccination intervals for primary and booster vaccinations will also remain in place as normal.

Those member bodies who have rules in place for six monthly booster injections before competing will look implement a transition period to allow riders to bring vaccinations up to date, once the current suspension of activity is lifted. This will be communicated to the members of each governing body in due course, when it becomes clearer when competition activity is able to resume.

The BHA has moved to a 12 month booster vaccination requirement, from their policy of nine months, to cover horses racing in the United Kingdom for the remainder of 2020.

Interim BEF Chief Executive Iain Graham commented; "The length of the coronavirus pandemic is unknown but we wanted to provide those who compete with our Member Bodies some clarity on our current position. Equine vets are under strict guidance to carry out emergency work only at present - and as booster vaccinations are classified as routine injections, they will not be carried out.

"We appreciate that some horse owners will fall outside the required 12 month period and will therefore need to start again, which is unfortunate. However, we cannot allow vaccinations to go beyond 12 months as the efficacy of the vaccine cannot be guaranteed beyond that date.

"Each member body will be outlining their six month booster requirements individually ahead of competition restarting. I'd like to thank our colleagues in BEVA and BHA for their collaboration on this so that much of the equine industry is aligned."


Following further government measures announced earlier this week, the IDHS (GB) has decided, after careful consideration, that we have no other option but to cancel our Annual Breed Show at Arena UK in August.
We will keep you informed when a new date for the 2021 Annual Breed Show has been decided.
We hope to see you all fit and healthy in 2021.
Sue Benson


In order to protect our staff from Covid 19 the IDHS(GB) is no longer able to return passports
to owners by Royal Mail Special Delivery, as this requires queuing at the local post office to deposit the envelope which may compromise the social distancing rules demanded by Government.
Until this service is resumed any overpayments will be refunded.
Brian Gates
Hon Treasurer

Irish Draught Horse Society GB News Sheet March 2020

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IDHS (GB) ruling on Equine Influenza vaccinations

Equine Influenza and Tetanus vaccinations are a compulsory requirement for all horses registered with the Irish Draught Horse Society (GB).
Compliance with this rule is essential in order to bring your horse forward for inspection, or to show your horse at our affiliated shows.

The requirement for the first three vaccinations is as follows:
• The first two vaccinations must be 21 – 92 days apart, with a third booster between 150-215 days after the second dose.
• Thereafter, there should normally be an annual booster vaccination within 365 days, but the current FEI ruling is for a six-monthly booster as opposed to an annual booster.
• No horse should enter competitions within seven days of an equine influenza vaccination.
• Foals should commence vaccinations at six months old.

This rule may be subject to change in line with guidance from the FEI/BEF.
Any changes affecting our affiliated shows and inspections will be notified via the Society’s web site.
It is strongly recommended that you check with individual shows that fall under FEI regulations before entering, e.g. Windsor, Hickstead, HOYS etc., to ensure that your animals are eligible.


The Yearbook team would love to hear from anyone who would like to submit an article for publication in the 2020 Yearbook. If you just have an idea and need any help putting your article together one of the team will be able to help you. Good photographs are essential and they must be in high resolution. Mobile phone and Facebook photos are rarely good enough for publication. Any original photos will be returned to you as soon as possible.

Please send any submissions in to: as soon as possible. For any queries please contact:

Sue Benson – 01274 870028
Louise Morton – 01283 716573
Brian Gates – 01461 700434
Carol Rudd – 01625 873662

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