What is the Role of Technical Adviser with British Eventing
 
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Technical Adviser for British Eventing

   

Guidelines and rulebooks which may be needed by the Technical Adviser at a Horse Event

About The Role of Technical Adviser

A Technical Adviser is responsible for the technical safety, preparatory arrangements and successful running of the Event. In practice, he/she will liaise closely with Organisers, BE Stewards, Regional Directors, officials, competitors and owners so as to ensure that the events fully comply with the rules for British Eventing and Guidelines on official BE Events. The role is a part-time paid position with a salary in relation to the number of events allocated. In essence, the TAs are the champions of the high standards BE demands from events. British Eventing employs some 18 Technical Advisers whose task it is to advise, and be involved in, all the design and building stages of the cross country course at every BE event under BE rules.

They may visit the event possibly on two occasions, and then the day before the event runs, they walk the course with the BE Steward with whom they work as a team throughout the event. Their responsibility is to see that the event runs smoothly and safely within the rules, and emergencies are handled correctly. 

Specific Tasks of the Technical Adviser Include

• Advising Organisers on all aspects of planning and running events
• Advising course builders on the technical aspects of both show jumping and cross country course design and construction, so as to achieve acceptable BE standards
• Carrying out inspections of the show jumping and cross country courses, in conjunction with the BE Steward, prior to an event, so as to ensure that all aspects of the event meet the requirements of BE
• Attendance at allocated events, assisting the BE Steward before and throughout the competition
• Carrying out Fence Judge briefing
• Assisting Regional Directors by giving a second opinion on possible new events, sites and their Organisers, when requested
• Attending BE Stewards training days and TA training each year
• Wheeling and measuring the cross country course
• Advising and supporting the BE Steward throughout
• In consultation with the Organiser, choosing the rider representative
• Assisting the BE Steward with the organisation of and liaison with cross country control in order to plot radios, determine stopping fences and decide the number of nets

A TA's typical involvement with an event starts with a pre-event visit as early as possible before the event date where any proposed changes to classes or layout are discussed. Also, they would carry out an assessment of ground conditions for Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country and advise on any work to be done.

 

Tasks of The Technical Adviser Before the Event

Then it's on to the most important visit, which is two to three weeks before the event (still time for any changes to be implemented). This is when the following is confirmed with the organiser:

• All general administration is in place and entries accommodated
• All emergency services are booked and have had full instructions
• Dressage and Show Jumping Judges & Stewards are confirmed
• Cross Country fence judges have been informed when to report for their briefing
• Cross Country Control Team have been informed on where and when to report (with good time for checks and any changes)
• Walk the Cross Country Course with the BE Steward to wheel the distance and check fence dimensions against Rules
• Flagging and numbering of fences
• Ground and going check

 

Cross Country Course Inspection

The day before the event, the TA will then be on hand to “approve” the event. The Cross Country must be ready by 2:00pm so that it can be opened to competitors to walk. The Cross Country course inspection includes:

• Measure fence heights and spreads
• General Presentation
• Correct installation of any frangible pins
• Numbering and flagging of course is correct and as per programme
• Mark alternatives correctly
• Display class colour indicators
• Fill in Fence Description Forms

A similar inspection is carried out on the Show Jumping arena and course and then onto the Dressage arenas which should be correctly laid out and lettered.

 

Technical Adviser Role - On the Day of the Event

On the event day, it is very much a team effort between the BE Steward and TA. At least an hour before the start of the competition, the final checks are carried out – last minute drive round the course to ensure numbering is still correct, meet with the Cross Country Controller, emergency services and Chief Cross Country Steward. At the allotted time, the fence judges must be briefed on their duties and then check on them once they have moved into position in conjunction with Cross Country Control. The TA should be on hand for the start of the first twenty or so horses to ensure the team there is working well. Once underway, the TA circulates the event to make sure everything is running smoothly, concentrating mainly on the cross-country course to see everything is riding well. If the event is running several classes, the TA will oversee any course changes. In consultation with the BE Steward, the TA will also handle any competitor queries. When the event comes to a close, the TA is responsible for the collection of the important forms that must be returned to BE – fall report forms and medical forms.

How to Apply to be a Technical Adviser 

Applications to become a TA should be made to the Sport Administration Team at the BE Office with a reference from a Regional Director, TA or BE Steward. If an applicant is successful at interview they will be trained by assisting TAs at different Events throughout the year. They will have a log book that will be signed to acknowledge competence in different fields. When all fields in the log book are complete, the form in the back of the log book should be signed by a Regional Director, TA and BE Steward. This will then be submitted to the Sport Team who will decide if the applicant is ready to be deployed into the field - the whole process usually takes some 15 - 18 months. They are then supported at their first event by an experienced TA.