In light of the current situation with equine influenza, as you are probably aware, the suspension on horse racing has now been lifted, with strict control measures in place for the time being.
The NSEA are taking advice from the British Equestrian Federation regarding competitions. At the moment the situation is as follows:
‘British Equestrian Federation can confirm that our veterinary advice remains that it is not necessary to cancel other equine events at this time.’
We have been advised that the situation is fluid and therefore may change, so keep refreshing the BEF web page for up to date information. Owners need to make sensible decisions for themselves as to whether they compete at the present time.
a) Please advise everyone to keep looking at the BEF website > Horses > Horse health & biosecurity page for latest updates on equine influenza as we are adhering to their advice.
b) Can you remind everyone that ALL horses & ponies competing in NSEA events must be currently vaccinated within date guidelines. Passports will be checked at NSEA competitions.
To advise NSEA members on the vaccination requirements that NSEA have (in accordance with the governing bodies), we have added a detailed explanation in the General Rules
All horses/ ponies competing in NSEA events must be vaccinated against equine influenza as follows
a) Two injections for the primary vaccination not less than 21 days or more than 92 days apart. Both are required before a horse/ pony may compete.
b) A booster injection given 150 – 215 days after the second injection of the primary vaccination
c) Subsequent booster injections must be given each year, within and not exceeding the one year period, commencing after the first booster injection.
Note: a horse may not compete for 7 days after a flu injection, so plan accordingly.
If circumstances change, we will inform you via our website, NSEA Facebook page and show centre websites.