Posted on 16th August 2020

Statement on International competitors and exemptions

British Eventing (BE) resumed events on 4 July and continues to run under appropriate government guidance. From 19 August competitors will start to arrive at Burgham International Horse Trials for the first International fixture since sport resumption.


BE have worked closely with all event organisers including Martyn Johnson and his Burgham International Horse Trials team to ensure that all competitions continue to run safely and in adherence to the latest government guidance and strict BE protocols.

In-line with recent DCMS guidance issued for elite sport, BE has worked with the British Equestrian Federation, British Showjumping and British Dressage to agree those eligible to obtain an exemption from quarantine. The exemptions will be applicable only to domestic elite sportspersons and essential sport ancillary staff from the duty to self-isolate on their return to England from an elite sports event after travelling to or through a non-exempt country. This is in recognition that they will be operating under the Government’s Stages One to Four elite sport guidance (including appropriate testing and monitoring health protocols). Only those athletes returning from countries where quarantine is required upon return, who have been granted an exemption under the DCMS guidance will be permitted to compete.

Exemptions will only be considered in the situation where a country becomes non-exempt from the need to quarantine whilst the athlete is away competing in that country. Exemptions will not be given to athletes travelling to countries where a need to quarantine is already in place prior to their departure.

BEF requirements:

Exemptions may be awarded to riders on the World Class Performance Programme and those selected to represent Great Britain on a team or at a championship.

BE requirements:

If athletes do not qualify for an exemption under the BEF criteria, consideration will be given to elite riders. For the purpose of these exemptions only, ‘elite’ will be classified as:

  • Any rider who has earned their jacket pocket flag with in the last four calendar years (all age categories)


  • Riders who have finished in the top 10 at a 5* CCI FEI competition in the last two calendar years.

The BEF and Member Bodies recommend that riders with exemption certificates who return to the UK from affected competitions have a negative COVID-19 test before competing and again after seven days out of consideration for our social responsibility to prevent the spread of the virus.  

We continue to follow current government guidance and if the guidance changes, the position will alter accordingly.

View the government guidance in relation to elite sports people HERE.