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BRC Rules and Guidelines

There is some general information you need to know if you are considering volunteering to compete in one of the Area 17 Qualifiers.

All the information is contained in the BRC Handbook 2018 which is valid from 1 January 2018.

Some of the important information is shown below.



We have learned from BRC that the Hat Tagging Requirements are changing again,  with effect from 1 January 2018.  See below for details.


Eligibility criteria for all qualifiers and championships
These are detailed in CR Appendix 2 & 3 of the Rulebook which can be found  here: 2018 Eligibility Criteria All Competitions:

Flu vac rules
Your horse must have a record which complies with these – even a day out makes him or her ineligible. 2018 Fluvac Rules.  You can easily check whether your horse is alright by downloading the checker and putting in 1st 3 dates of flu programme – you can compete if the first two are done too recently for the third to have been given provided the last is not within 6 days of the competition. Fluvac Checker.

You will not be allowed to compete if your horse is on any medication which falls into the category of banned substances (ie bute).  You also need to check with your vet that any medication which your horse may have taken recently will have had time to clear the system.

Hat Rules
We have learned from BRC that the Hat Tagging Requirements are changing again,  with effect from 1 January 2018.   It means that anyone  competing in 2018 Qualifiers will need to get their hat inspected and fitted with the new Aqua tag at the qualifier before they can ride.

The 2018 Hat Tagging Guide can be found here:  2018 BRC Hat Tagging Guide for Competitors.

One step forward is that they have at long last rationalised hat tagging across the disciplines ie the Pony Club and BE are using the same Aqua hat tags, so as long as you have an Aqua hat tag, it does NOT have to be re-tagged for BRC!

Back Protectors
From 1 January 2018 the BRC requirements for Body Protectors is also being updated.  BRC will no longer accept BETA Level 2000.  All body protectors MUST be approved to BETA Level 3 2009.
2018 BRC Back Protector Standards