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British Riding Club Rules

Calderdale Saddle Club is affiliated to British Riding Clubs and as such we adhere to the rules in their rule book. The rule book is extensive and can be found on the British Riding Clubs website. Following are the codes of conduct which we ask anyone attending our events to be familiar with and conform to.

The BRC Code of Conduct for the welfare of the pony/horse is as follows: 

British Riding Clubs expects all those involved in this sport to adhere to the BRC’s 
code of conduct and to acknowledge and accept that at all times the welfare of the 
horse must be paramount and must never be subordinated to competitive or 
commercial influences 
 
At all stages during the preparation and training of competition horses, welfare must 
take precedence over all other demands. This includes good horse management, 
training methods, farriery, tack and transportation 
 
Horses and competitors must be fit, competent and in good health before they are 
allowed to compete. This encompasses medication use, surgical procedures that 
threaten welfare or safety, pregnancy in mares and the misuse of aids 
 
Events must not prejudice horse welfare. This involves paying careful attention to the 
competition areas, ground surfaces, weather conditions, stabling, site safety and 
fitness of the horse for onward travel after the event 
 
Every effort must be made to ensure that horses receive proper attention after they 
have competed and that they are treated humanely when their competition careers are 
over. This covers proper veterinary care, competition injuries, euthanasia and 
retirement 
 
BRC Rules regarding the health and welfare of the pony/horse must be adhered to not 
only at National Championships and Area Competitions but also at Club level 
 
Every rider, coach and club official must accept responsibility to uphold the highest 
level of pony/horse welfare 
 
All National Championships warm-up areas must be supervised by an officially 
appointed Steward. At Area Qualifiers there should be a Steward appointed to 
maintain standards in accordance with BRC Rules 
 
The onus is on any spectator, rider, coach, judge or BRC member to inform the Official 
Steward at an area qualifier, Championship Director or Secretary, at a club event, if 
they are concerned about or feel that they have witnessed rough or unfair riding or 
training. The matter will then be investigated and a decision made on the appropriate 
action to be taken. 
 
C1.2: Examples of Abuse 
Here are some examples of what could be considered abuse and should be used in 
addition to those mentioned in rule G23.3 and G24: 
 
Lameness: Riding any unsound pony/horse 
 
Tack: Incorrectly fitted tack 
 
Over-working: riding or competing on an obviously exhausted, lame or injured pony/horse 
 
Distress: Ignoring the obvious distress of a pony/horse, whether caused by the rider or 
other external factors 
 
Blood: Any sign of blood on an animal is cause for concern. If blood is seen anywhere on 
the horse when riding in or competing in any discipline, then the horse may be eliminated 
at the discretion of the Official Steward. 
 
C2: CONDUCT OF BRC MEMBERS 
No BRC Member shall: 
 
Conduct themselves at any competition in a manner which is offensive to the public 
 
At any competition, argue, behave with incivility or contempt, or use abusive or threatening language, towards a judge, official or other competitor 
 
Conduct themselves in a manner detrimental to the character and/or prejudicial to the interests of the BRC 
 
Make, either orally or in writing, to an officer of the BRC or Club, or a third party, a statement on a matter covered by the rules which they know to be untrue 
 
Smoke when mounted or on foot in an enclosed public place. 
 
If any member is found in breach of any of the above they may find themselves in front of the Disciplinary Committee who will take appropriate action. 
 
C3: CONDUCT OF JUDGES 
 
The BD Code of Conduct for Judges will apply to all BRC Dressage Competitions. The BS Code of Conduct for Judges will apply to all BRC Show Jumping Competitions. 
 

 

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