TOO LATE TO RIDE

Horse & Hound - - Letters -

Sir — Is it me or does any­one else feel un­com­fort­able with how late rid­ers were go­ing across coun­try in the last month of Bri­tish Event­ing (BE)? Of­ten the light casts bright and dark shad­ows when the night is draw­ing in.

I had a hor­ren­dous fall many moons ago in these con­di­tions and spent weeks in in­ten­sive care when my horse mis­read a bank un­der trees. Please BE, be care­ful! Carol Row­cliffe

Tiver­ton, Devon

A BE spokesper­son replies: “At all BE fix­tures, cross-coun­try safety is para­mount and, as well as in­spect­ing the cour­ses be­fore they run, the tech­ni­cal ad­vis­ers and stew­ards mon­i­tor the cour­ses through­out the day for de­te­ri­o­rat­ing ground, poor light or low sun. Ac­tions can and will be put into place if nec­es­sary, such as tak­ing a fence or fences out of the course, hold­ing the course un­til the light im­proves or, in ex­treme cases, clos­ing the course be­fore the end of com­pe­ti­tion due to bad light.

“Rule 4.3 in the BE rule book stip­u­lates the num­ber of en­tries per day of com­pe­ti­tion into cat­e­gories — af­ter Bri­tish Sum­mer Time (BST) and be­fore 30 Septem­ber, and be­fore BST and af­ter 30 Septem­ber, the lat­ter hav­ing re­duced num­bers be­cause of the shorter days.

“This year’s par­tic­u­larly bright and sunny au­tumn has high­lighted the fact that course de­sign­ers need to take into ac­count low sun when plac­ing their fences, which will be

dis­cussed by the cross-coun­try ad­vi­sory group.”

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