Monday, 6th May 2019 at 9:00am
As you are all probably aware the country is unfortunately currently experiencing an outbreak of Equine Flu. EGB are therefore putting the following measures into operation and require your co-operation and response to this.
Endurance GB are following the British Equestrian Federation guidelines in respect of our response to the current Equine Flu outbreak. These can be found on the British Equestrian Federation website: https://www.bef.co.uk/News.aspx
Currently, the BEF are advising that all horses attending events run by national governing bodies must be vaccinated against Equine Influenza. Yearly boosters are acceptable but six monthly boosters are strongly recommended, at least while the current outbreak is ongoing.
A newly vaccinated horse requires two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza given no less than 21 days and no more than 92 days apart. Seven days must have elapsed after the second vaccination before it is deemed to be fully covered and be able to arrive at a venue. The horse will then require a third vaccination between 150-215 days after the second.
The BEF are also advising that horses do not attend events if they, or any horses they have had recent contact with, are showing signs of sickness. Likewise, horses should not attend events if they have been imported into the UK in the preceding 21 days, and horses who have been in contact with a recently imported horse should also stay away.
Additional biosecurity measures may be put in place on a ride by ride basis, depending on local veterinary advice.
If you now have to withdraw from the ride because your horse is not sufficiently vaccinated, you will be entitled to a full refund. Please note that refunds will only be given to those who withdraw before the 18th March 2019. If your horse's vaccinations are found to be insufficient on arrival at a venue, a refund will not be given.
We therefore require you to send (either by email or in the post) a copy of your horse’s equine flu vaccination record. The copy sent must include the horse’s name and identification and full vaccination record.
If we do not receive a copy of your vaccination record, we will assume that your horse is not vaccinated and you will be withdrawn from the ride.
You will need to bring your horse's passport to the ride with you, and it will be checked on the way in. Please ensure that you have the passport to hand in the front of the vehicle so that the driver can show it immediately on arrival at the venue and therefore minimise queues forming. Horses who are not sufficiently vaccinated will unfortunately be turned away.
Thank you for your continued support.
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