British frangible pin approved by FEI

A BE frangible pin.
A BE frangible pin.

The FEI has approved one of the frangible pins developed by British Eventing for use on cross-country fences.

The Swedish MIM Clip and Newera Pin recently passed the FEI requirements, but as they have not been submitted for testing by approved BE testing authority TRL, they are not permitted to be used in National competitions in GB.

British Eventing says that its specification is more rigorous, and is seeking clarification as to whether the MIM Clip and Newera Pin can be used in FEI competition in Britain.

The BE Short Pin for frangible and deformable cross country fences was tested at Badminton House late last month, and was approved by the FEI for traditional front fitting and reverse fitting using the BE reverse pinning wires.

The approval of the long pin is pending a further test that will be carried out next week, to demonstrate to the FEI inspector that the long pin behaves in the same way as the short pin.

Jonathan Clissold, BE’s National Safety Officer said: “BE has led the world for the past decade in the development of safety devices for cross country fences and we continue to work hard to explore new ideas in order to continue to reduce the risk.”

As well as meeting the FEI requirements both pins are tested to meet BE’s specification for frangible deformable devices:  that a pin must fail when loaded with a total of 15 kilonewtons (7.5 kN on each pin). They are classified as the only frangible device approved for use at BE Affiliated Events.

The safety testing took place by permission of Badminton Horse Trials organisers, with the assistance of Willis Bros, course builders.

The test rig will be on display on Friday, May 3, at the Badminton Horse Trials.

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