Britain steps up cross-country safety with free pins


Reverse pinning kits are being made available for free to organisers of horse trials events in Britain.

The initiative follows the successful free issue from British Eventing of frangible pins and sleeves in the past two seasons.

Action of the reverse pinned rail.
© British Eventing

The reverse pinning kits are FEI approved and will be made available to organisers of both BE national and international (FEI) competitions held in the UK.

British Eventing said more than 300 reverse pinning kits had been bought since their introduction in 2011 following testing at events including Chatsworth, Houghton and the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in 2010.

BE National Safety Officer Jonathan Clissold said that by increasing access to reverse pin kits, organisers would be able to use the cross country risk-reduction technology at extra fences and more events.

“Offering them for free removes the barriers of cost in these challenging financial times for Organisers and Members alike,” Clissold said.

BE Finance Director Wendy McGowan said the initiative further endorses BE’s financial commitment to safety.

British Eventing also offers free replacement for Frangible Pins that are activated during competition at all BE and/or FEI events in the UK. The only cost to organisers for both new and replacement pins is for post and packaging.

During the Frangible pin testing at Bristol University, ADHQ (formerly Competitive Measure), found that in some situations there could be merit in having a pinned rail behind the post rather than in front as is traditional.

Following further testing it was established that in certain situations this reverse pinning could have added benefits. Testing showed that for the pin to work consistently and not to fail too easily, a method, other than that of traditional roping, needed to be developed.

ADHQ’s solution was a stainless steel wire which is tightened up to a set tension with a torque wrench. This ensures that the frangible pin consistently breaks when a certain force is applied.

The reverse pinnning system in action at Larkhill, in April 2010.
The reverse pinnning system in action at Larkhill, in April 2010. © BE

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