Coronavirus update
1 April 2020

by British Carriagedriving

The statement issued by the Prime Minister on 23rd March to increase measures to combat the current coronavirus pandemic has effectively put the nation in lockdown until mid-April.

British Carriagedriving urges all members and stakeholders to adhere to this guidance and advice, particularly on social distancing, in order to help contain the spread of the virus.

Almost all events scheduled to take place before the end of May have been either cancelled or postponed.

In our statement on 20th March, we notified members of the cancellation of all BC organised events in March and April. All clinic bookings will be refunded in full. Please contact the BC office if you have not received a refund.

The Veterinary profession has received specific guidance from the British Veterinary Association.

Examples to help assess whether a case is urgent or an emergency:
  • Pre-purchase examinations
  • Routine dental work
  • 6-monthly vaccinations
  • Stallion licensing
  • Routine health checks
  • Riding school inspections
  • Radiography for sales or survey studies
  • Routine reproductive work
  • Poor performance investigations
  • Joint medication
  • Vaccinations (unless due second vaccine of primary course in next 3 weeks)
Remotely assess in the first instance
  • Repeat medication checks, if stable
  • Mild trauma
  • Skin issues
  • Lumps
  • Wounds
  • Sarcoids or other skin tumours
  • Nasal discharge/cough
  • Inappetence
Warrants physical examination
  • Any of the above deemed necessary following remote triage or consultation
  • Quidding
  • Painful facial, jaw or limb swelling
  • Eye complaints
  • Severe trauma/haemorrhage
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe acute lameness/laminitis
  • Colic
  • Acute diarrhoea
  • Acute ataxia/neurological conditions
  • Dystocia and post-partum problems (including retained foetal membranes)
  • Sickness/lameness in foal
  • Euthanasia

This advice means that routine vaccinations will not be administered. British Carriagedriving’s understanding is that this includes annual vaccinations, not just 6 month vaccinations.

Anyone whose horse or pony is due for (and misses) its annual vaccination during the lock-down will, regrettably, have to start the Primary Course again and have the first two vaccinations before they can compete.

Council will be considering whether to waive the requirement for horses to have been vaccinated within six months of an event at its meeting in April, so that members are aware of what the position will be as soon as possible.

We remain committed to taking whatever steps we can to maintain as much as possible of our season and we remain confident that it will still be possible to put on a National Championships and to send teams to the various FEI championships scheduled for later this year.

The BEF offices are closed and all staff are working from home, so FEI passports can no longer be processed. It is not yet known when this service will be resumed.

International events have also been affected and the FEI has issued the following statement:

The FEI appreciates the amount of work and incredible investment every organiser puts into their event. While the FEI does not itself organise any FEI Events, in light of the escalating numbers of persons affected by the virus and the restrictions imposed by national governments, the FEI strongly recommends that organisers should cancel all events for the next four weeks until a reassessment of the situation can be made.

BC Chairman, Chris Smith, said, “I’d like to thank all our members for their support during these challenging times. Our priority has to be supporting the management of the pandemic by taking socially responsible action to contain further spread of the virus. I would urge everyone to follow the government guidelines fully, but look forward to the day on which they are lifted so that we can carry on enjoying our sport.”


BEF Vaccination update - issued 2 April 2020

BEF update - issued: Fri 27 March 2020  DOWNLOAD PDF

British Carriagedriving statement issued 20 March 2020



We are updating the event listings and diary pages as soon as we are notified by the organisers of any cancellations.


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