Clarification on Downgrading Rule
 
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04 Dec 08

Clarification on Downgrading Rule

The ability to downgrade event horses to enable inexperienced riders to gain valuable competition experience has been put to the top of the agenda for consideration by the BE Sport Committee for implementation in 2010.

“We are launching a number of new initiatives, and it was felt that this rule merited further discussion by the Sport Committee before implementation,” says BE Chief Executive Mike Etherington-Smith.

“As an organisation we have listened to feedback from members, plus recommendations from our rider representatives to refine the finer aspects of the qualifying criteria to downgrade, and so have put its introduction on hold for the time being.

“Downgrading as a concept has lots of merits and has the potential of being a vital training asset for our members. It happens in many equestrian sports such as racing and dressage and will therefore feature high on our agenda for further discussion in 2009.

“We have recently launched a number of benefits for BE members, such as the new three month membership of British Show Jumping to complement the exclusive six month deal we have with British Dressage, plus the expansion in the number of BE80 (T) classes and the 6% increase in competition days next year.

“Also for 2009, improvements to our computer system mean that as well as being able to join and enter online, for the very first time; competitors can buy online day tickets. Not only will this save time and effort, but they can be bought at the same time as an entry is made.

“We look forward to an exciting new era for British Eventing and its members in 2009.”

For further information contact Liza Randall, PR and Communications Manager on 07702 901002, or email liza.randall@britisheventing.com