Our Show and Equine Influenza
Following the advice of The British Equestrian Federation (BEF):
Horses must have been vaccinated to comply with the requirements of the primary course (1st vaccination and then 2nd vaccination between 21 – 92 days later), followed by the first booster (150 – 215 days) and all subsequent boosters. Horses may compete having received the primary course and prior to the first booster but not within 7 days of receiving a vaccine dose.
Horses must have been vaccinated within 12 months before our shows and events but not less than 7 days of arriving at the show.
Foals:- In-foal mares that have already had vaccinations of primary Equine Influenza course should be vaccinated 4-6 weeks before the foal is due to be born. Foals should be vaccinated for Equine Influenza at 6 months to commence their primary course.
Bicton Arena require horses to have had a booster (been vaccinated) within 6 months and no sooner than 7 days prior to competing.
EVA Equine Viral Arteritis
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) notes the recent positive cases of Equine Viral Arteritis that have been diagnosed in 2 non-thoroughbred stallions at a premises in Dorset.
The BEF will monitor this situation closely and it is important to note that there is no threat to public health. The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed that restrictions on breeding have been put in place to limit the risk of the disease spreading. An investigation is now underway to determine the source and possible spread of the infection. Equine owners can help prevent the disease spreading by following best practice in horse health and hygiene on their premises. Owners of mares and stallions are also urged to have their animals tested before they are used for breeding.
Biosecurity and codes of practice can be found here