Welcome to Area 2 Teams

2018 Body Portector and Hat Standards Please click HAT AND BP


Throughout the year Area 2 puts on various competitions for our members to take part in; there are Winter League Competitions and Qualifiers for Teams and Individuals to represent the Club. There is something for everyone from Grassroots competitions to National Events.

All entries are made through  Team Co-ordinator, contact 07770595152 

Protective Headgear‘Protective Headwear’ must be worn at all times by anyone, whether or not a Competitor, riding anywhere at a BRC event. Harnesses must be correctly adjusted and fastened. At all BRC Championships and qualifiers ‘Protective Headwear’ must show a visible BRC ‘hat tag’. ‘Protective Headwear’ constitutes a hat which meets one of the following standards. Failure to do so will incur elimination. PAS 015 (1998 or 2011) and must have BSI Kitemark VG1 01.040 (2014-12) and must have BSI Kitemark ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards) and must have SEI mark SNELL E2001 and must have SNELL label and number AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards) and must have SAI Global mark Due to a change by the European Commission regarding EN1384 and BSEN1384 no longer being an accepted standard, all hats which only meet the EN1384 or the BSEN1384, and do not comply with the above list, WILL NOT be accepted and therefore will not be permitted for any BRC competition. Hats which bear the EN1384 or BSEN1384 along with another standard from the above list will be tagged. For example, BSEN1384 & PAS015 (1998 or 2011) along with the kitemark, would be acceptable, but not BSEN1384 on its own.Body Protectors A body protector is obligatory in all cross-country competitions and is strongly recommended in show jumping competitions. A BETA Level 3 (purple label) which has a 2000 or 2009 label must be worn. Body protectors should be fitted and worn as per the manufacturer’s instructions. The up to date BETA list of body protectors can be obtained from If a rider chooses to wear an airbag style body protector it must be worn over a permitted BETA Level 3 (purple label) body protector and if activated, must be deflated or removed before continuing. Hybrid Air- jackets and blouson style air jackets are permitted. It is recommended that body protectors are replaced once they are more than 5 years old. Riders wearing Exo Body Cage protectors must inform the secretary at all events.

All horses and ponies competing must have an up to date vaccination document and riders must have an up to date membership card.

These are the latest guidlines for Flu Vacc's for Area Competitions and Qualifiers

PLEASE NOTE YOU MUST HAVE YOUR HORSE / PONY VACCINATED AT LEAST 7 DAYS BEFORE AN EVENT   to check your vaccinations are correct please Click the LINK 

A horse will only be considered for downgrading if it has not gained any points or winnings, in the relevant discipline, in the current calendar year. Click this LINK for Downgrading Form

BRC retains the right to deny an application for downgrading should they see fit to do so.

You must enclose the official competition record for the horse.

Applications for a specific qualifier must be received 21 days before close of prelim entry. Applications received after this time will still be considered but will not guarantee a decision before close of prelim entry, meaning the horse may not be eligible for the qualifier. Eligibility is taken from close of prelim entry. 

CR APPENDIX 5: Tack Rules - Dressage including Riding Test, Combined Training and Horse Trials Dressage
TACK: The following ARE permitted:
• English and continental type saddles
• Preliminary, novice, teams of four and riding tests - snaffle bridles only
• Miklem Bridles are allowed as snaffle bridles with permitted bits only at any level
• Elementary and above tests - ordinary snaffle or double bridles
• Nosebands are obligatory (drop, flash, cavesson with a snaffle and a cavesson with a double bridle or crossed noseband/Mexican noseband)
• Discreet padding of the bridle at the poll or noseband
• Nose nets & Equilibrium Net Relief Riding Masks or similar that are discreet and cover the nose only, leaving the mouth and bit visible
• Breastplates, cruppers and balancing straps
• Neckstraps at any level
• Ear covers and fly hoods are permitted for all competitions, and may also provide noise reduction. Ear covers/fly hoods must not cover the horse's eyes and should be discreet in colour and design.

A gel pad, memory foam or sheepskin seat saver provided it is unobtrusive and matches the colour of the saddle
• Anti-fly impregnated brow-bands or fly repellent discs
• Numnahs and saddle cloths
• Sponsors logos on clothing (see relevant discipline)
• A stallion disc MUST be displayed on each side of a stallions bridle at all times
• Side saddles (Pure Dressage only)
• Diamante plaiting bands

The following ARE NOT permitted:
• Martingales
• Double bridle (except pure Dressage at Elementary and above)
• Bit guards, tongue guards and tongue straps or tying down the horses tongue
• Boots and bandages except in warm up
• Substitutes for conventional shoes, except in warm up
• Elasticated reins
• Side saddles (except pure Dressage)
• Saddle covers
• Market Harborough's, side, draw, check or running reins
• Hackamores and other bitless bridles
• Blinkers or hoods
• Ear plugs (Spot checks may be carried out - evidence of use for sound muffling may incur elimination)
• Fine wire, twine or cord around the horse's mouth
• Full faced fly shields
• Sheepskin cheekpieces or any other attachment that may affect the horse's vision



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