Eland Lodge Equine Influenza Protocols
Updated on 03/06/2019

As a provider of training and competition facilities we are finding our current Equine Influenza protocols more and more difficult to justify. Under BD and BS rules we have to accept horses with a 12 month vaccination however much we feel this may be unacceptable. These horses then ride in the arena next to the livery barn, on the same day we deny access to a horse a couple of days over its six month vaccination from going on the XC course that will be riding next to no one! In almost the same breath we entertain a horse at a BS or a BD competition on one day and then deny the same horse access to the same facility the following day! It is unsupportable!!!

To make matters worse we are being told that several venues near us are not checking passports at all! This creates huge bad feeling when we turn somebody away from our competition when they have not been checked at another event literally days before. In the light of the confused advice from the sports governing bodies and the failure of local venues to support the checking process, I do not feel our current Equine Influenza Protocol is providing a good, understandable or coherent position.

With immediate effect we shall require all horses* to be within the normal vaccination parameters that is, vaccination within twelve months with a compliant vaccination history, all passports will be checked for compliance and those that do not comply will be denied access to all facilities be they for training or competition.

*Horses competing at affiliated BE events at Eland Lodge shall still be required to have their most recent vaccinations within 6 months of the competitions – this is as per British Eventing Rules.

We hope this clarification will provide a more coherent position.

Please check below for rules for each discipline:
For British Eventing the horse must have received a recent booster injection within the six calendar months prior to the horse arriving at the competition. We would also draw your attention to BE Rule 10.2.4. No relevant injection may have been given on the day of competition. This means that injections can be given in the week running up to an event and therefore a seven day window is not necessary under BE rules.

For Unaffiliated One Day Events, Elandlodge.com Hunter Trials, Clear Round Cross Country and Arena Eventing all horses must have received their latest booster vaccination within twelve months and have a compliant vaccination history, all passports will be checked for compliance and those that do not comply will be denied access to all facilities be they for training or competition. We strongly recommend that horses attending events have a booster if their last vaccination was more than six months ago.

For British Dressage and Unaffiliated Dressage all horses must have received their latest booster vaccination within twelve months and have a compliant vaccination history, all passports will be checked for compliance and those that do not comply will be denied access to all facilities be they for training or competition. If it's been longer than six months since the last vaccination, we strongly recommend discussing a booster with your vet. Remember that under BD rules the full course or booster must have been administered at least seven days before the competition.

For British Showjumping and Unaffiliated Showjumping all horses must have received their latest booster vaccination within twelve months and have a compliant vaccination history, all passports will be checked for compliance and those that do not comply will be denied access to all facilities be they for training or competition. British Showjumping continue to strongly recommend that horses attending events have a booster if their last vaccination was more than six months ago.

Eland Lodge site rules for clinics and facility hire, including hiring the cross country course, arena eventing facilities, showjumping, flatwork arena or dressage boards: all horses must have received their latest booster vaccination within twelve months and have a compliant vaccination history, all passports will be checked for compliance and those that do not comply will be denied access to all facilities be they for training or competition.

Lost/Mislaid Passports
For the sake of clarity a photograph of the vaccination page AND the description page of the passport or a letter from a vet confirming the vaccination status where a passport has been lost or mislaid shall be acceptable.