August 1, 2008

In the lead-up to the FEI implementing the new 'one fall and out' Rule from August 1, British Eventing (BE) has announced that it intends not to make any change to the current rule at any of its affiliated competitions.

Iain Graham, Chairman of the BE Safety Committee says: "The timing of the FEI ruling on 'one fall and out' gave us little opportunity to carry out the necessary research, consultation and consideration which would normally precede any such change in the national rules.

"At the time, the BE Sport Committee reluctantly felt obliged to follow the FEI position and implement the ruling from August, whilst carrying out its own thorough investigation of fall data accumulated since 2001.

"Having pressed on with its analysis, and following further discussion with medical advisers, the Sport Committee concluded there was no strong evidence on which to base the proposed change and will leave the current Rule unchanged in national competitions, thus allowing a rider to continue after a fall, at a cross country fence, if safe to do so."

Mike Etherington-Smith, BE Sport Director says: "I am delighted with the decision by the Sport Committee and Board to continue under the current ruling, giving our members support as they progress with the training of their horses, and education of the rider, from Intro classes upwards."

All fall data will regularly be reviewed by the BE Sport Committee and BE Board.