Saturday February 24, 2024
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FLU VACCINATIONS PLEASE READ

All members are strongly advised to vaccinate their ponies & horses for flu every 6 months.

For the Head Office Pony Club vaccination rule see click here. 

 

The Pony Club Equine Influenza VACCINATION RULE 2022

The Pony Club Equine Influenza Rule is aligned with the FEI policy alongside other member
bodies of British Equestrian (BEF) including British Dressage, British Eventing and British
Showjumping.

Events that are held at some venues may be subject to additional rules. e.g. any horse /
pony entering a licensed racecourse property must comply with the vaccination requirements
as set by the British Horseracing Authority. Similar restrictions apply in the cases of Polo
venues.

To protect the health of other competing horses and the biosecurity of the venue, the following
rules will apply to all Pony Club Competitions:

1. Passports
A valid passport and vaccination record:
• must accompany the horse / pony to all events
• must be available for inspection by the event officials
• must be produced on request at any other time during the event

2. No horse / pony may compete (or be present at the event as a companion) unless it has a
Record of Vaccination against equine influenza completed by the veterinary surgeon who gave
the vaccination, signed and stamped line by line, which complies with the Minimum
Vaccination Requirements set out in the Equine Influenza Vaccination Schedule below:

3. Equine Influenza Vaccination Schedule:
• An initial primary course of two vaccinations must be given: the second vaccination
must be administered within 21-92 days of the first vaccination.
• Horses may attend events 7 days after receiving the second vaccination of the primary
course. (for clarity: no horse or pony may compete on the same day as a relevant
injection is given or on any of the 6 days following such an injection)
• The first booster must be administered within 7 calendar months following the date
of the administration of the second vaccination of the primary course.
• Booster vaccinations must be administered at a maximum of 12 months intervals
however horses competing at Area level and above, including Grassroots Regional
Championships and the final of the Spring Festival competitions, must have received
a booster within the 6 months +21 days (but not within the 7 days) before arrival at
the competition

 

 

CAMPS 

Members applying for all camps must be up to date with their flu and tet vaccinations (we will not insist on 6 months for this, simply up to date annual vaccinations). 

At booking, we require you to send a copy of the vaccination and front page in your passport.  This will be checked again on arrival at the camp.  I am afraid we can make no exceptions.  If your vaccination record is not up to date, you will be asked to go home. 

Please note, if your vaccinations have lapsed you cannot take part in Pony Club for a month since you need to have two injections, three weeks apart and then wait a week, so please consult your vet ASAP if this is the case.  

TEAMS 

Members applying for teams need to send in the vaccination records as above, but in addition need to comply with the six month rule.

Anyone taking their pony to any venue for a rally or a competition need to be careful – some are happy with 12 months, but others require 6 months.

For this reason, it is much simpler to be 6 month compliant! 

Please check your vaccination records. If your injections have lapsed altogether (so the last injection was more than 12 months ago), it takes a month to be compliant again as you need two injections a minimum of 21 days apart and the you cannot then compete for a further 7 days. Some competitions carry out blanket checks, some carry out spot checks. We will not put team members forward without seeing copies of vaccination records.

Any questions, please ask Sophie.