Equine Flu Vaccinations – the rules when competing

Do you know your flu vaccination rules for competitions? Lots have changed recently, and different organisations have rules that do not match. In some cases some venues have different rules too!

I’ve put together a list of organisations and their current rules for vaccination – many of you will already know about these if you attend their events, but please check if you are not sure!

This is not a complete list but I’ve summarised Pony Club, Riding Club, BD, BSJA, BE and FEI below.

First a few notes!!

These rules are correct as of 1st March 2020 – these rules may change so please don’t rely on this blog as gospel and check if you are competing.
Some organisations have leeway for historical errors in vaccination history – check their rules or contact them for advice if there are historical errors.
International level competitions (usually run under FEI) will follow the FEI vaccination requirements, not BSJA / BE etc.

Nearly all have the same basic rules:

  • a primary vaccination course – first vaccination followed by a second vaccination given not less than 21 days and not more than 92 days after the first vaccination (we advise that they are given 4-6 weeks apart).
  • the first booster vaccination (some call this 3rd vaccine) given not less than 150 days and not more than 215 days after the second vaccination and further booster vaccinations at intervals of not more than a year apart (we advise give this booster 5 to 6 months after second vaccination).
  • You cannot compete until the first two vaccines are completed.
  • Many do not allow you to compete within 7 days of a vaccine.

Pony Club: 

  • At competitions at Area level and above, including Grassroots Regional Championships and the finals of the Winter Series competitions, the most recent booster injection must have been given within the six calendar months prior to the date of the competition.
  • No horse/pony may compete on the same day as a vaccination is given or on any of the 6 days following such an injection.

Riding Club:

  • New rule as of 1 March 2020: Qualifiers and Championships – the most recent vaccination must be within 6 months + 21 days.
  • No horse/pony may compete on the same day as a vaccination is given or on any of the 6 days following such an injection.
  • Individual Riding Clubs – remain autonomous and can decide what they will require for their own training and events.

British Dressage

  • Booster injections must be given at regular intervals of not more than 12 months, commencing after the first booster injection.
  • The most recent booster injection must have been given within six calendar months + 21 days prior to the horse competing.
  • The full primary course or booster must have been administered at least seven days before arriving at the competition.

BSJA:

  • Booster injections must be given at intervals of not more than one year apart.
  • Horse/ponies must have received the primary course of vaccinations or the booster at least 7 days prior to the competition date.

British Eventing:

  • The first booster injection must be given within seven months (not more than 215 days) after the second injection of primary vaccination;
  • Subsequent booster injections must be given at intervals of not more than one year, commencing after the first booster injection;
  • In order to compete a horse must be vaccinated in accordance with the above rules and MUST also have had a vaccination within 6 calendar months and 21 days of the competition;
  • No injection should have been given within the 7 days before the competition.

FEI (international competitions)

  • The first booster must be administered within 7 calendar months following the date of administration of the second vaccination of the Primary Course.
  • Booster vaccinations must be administered at a maximum of 12 month intervals however Horses competing in Events must have received a booster within 6 months +21 days (and not within 7 days) before arrival at the Event.
  • Horses may compete 7 days after receiving the second vaccination of the primary course.
  • Horses that have received the Primary Course prior to 1 January 2005 are not required to fulfil the requirement for the first booster, providing there has not been an interval of more than 12 months between each of their subsequent annual booster vaccinations.