British Eventing's current National Safety Manifesto
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Safety Research and Development Programme


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The following initiatives have been implemented by British Eventing to help improve the safety of courses, the organisational structure around producing and running the courses, plus the collection and analysis of fence and fall data.


Safer Courses

  • Frangible Fences introduced in 2002 to help reduce somersault falls
  • Rider representatives appointed at every Event to obtain riders' views
  • Depth of water jumps reduced with jump in & out reduced 1.50 to 0.35m
  • Research into deformable structures with TRL, engineering firm ADHQ & Bristol University
  • Focus on Cross Country ground conditions and provision of ground care machinery
  • Maximum of five cross-country rides in one day


Safety Training of Officials

  • Discipline and incident list kept
  • Appraisal of officials
  • All Course Designers and Builders trained, certificated and listed; mandatory use of listed Course Designers and Course Builder
  • FJ training including theory, video and practical training
  • National structure for Health & Safety Officials - all events must appoint a dedicated H&S Steward


Medical Safety

  • Doctor and Paramedic manned ambulance cover
  • Safety routes for emergency vehicles
  • Rider dope testing
  • Fence judge to hold rider after a fall
  • Education programme for rider fitness
  • Minimum set suspension periods following head/neck injuries


Veterinary Safety

  • Provide expert veterinary cover and horse ambulance
  • Dope testing


Safety Statistics

  • Safety Database
  • All dimensions and profiles of every fence on every course is recorded and entered into the BE Safety database
  • Fall report form filled in by the Fence Judge for every fall, then entered into database by TA
  • Continual analysis of database
  • Annual audit of safety data by TRL