Sunday May 16, 2021
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April 2021- Equine Health Status Declaration and Vaccination Records-Message to Members

In preparation for the resumption of ridden rallies please can we remind you that any horse or pony attending a Pony Club activity must be accompanied by their passport. The first and second Equine Flu vaccination injections must have been given and, if needed, correct subsequent booster injections. This is a good opportunity to check you are all up to date!
As you are also all probably aware there is also currently an increased concern over the impact of Equine Herpes, EHV-1, in the UK. The recent outbreak on the continent has so far claimed the lives of 17 horses. 
In light of this the British Equestrian (the BEF, of which The Pony Club is a Member Body) is requesting that all Member Bodies use a process of self-certification whereby they declare their horses and ponies fit to attend the activity. This is initially for the period 29th March – 12th April, subject to the ongoing monitoring of the disease.
Therefore VAHPC will be asking Members to confirm with the organiser of a Pony Club activity 24 hours before it starts that their horse or pony shows no signs of:
  • recent cough of unknown cause
  • recent nasal discharge of unknown cause 
  • enlarged lymph nodes 
  • fever (>38.5˚C) 
  • recent onset of neurological signs of unknown cause 
  • diarrhoea 
In addition to confirm that the horse or pony is not:
  • under current investigation for EHV infection 
  • has not been in contact with and is not kept on the same premises as a horse known to have or be under investigation for EHV
  • has been resident in the UK for the last 28 days
If the horse or pony shows any of these clinical signs on the day of the activity it must not travel nor attend the training or competition.
*Therefore for all Members booked onto rallies up to and including 12th April, a form will be sent out for you to complete by the rally organiser along with the rally times. The completion of this form is compulsory,  and the form must be completed and returned 24 hours before the rally to the rally organiser. Without this form, the horse/pony cannot attend.  A photograph of the horse/ponies vaccination record must also accompany the form, showing that all vaccinations are up to date. This process will be reviewed again after 12th April.*
I am sure you all understand why we need to put these additional measure in place, and thank you all in advance for your support.