Did you know that Equine Influenza (flu) vaccination rules have changed for many of the equestrian disciplines from 1st January 2024? This includes the disciplines that fall under British Equestrian (BEF) (British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping), The Pony Club, British Riding Clubs and other organisations. Also, some venues will have their own rules, so you should always check ahead of the competition. International competitions will usually run under FEI vaccination requirements.
Check the rules of the relevant sporting governing body
For many disciplines, vaccination intervals now have reduced date ranges between the first two vaccinations (V1 and V2) in a primary course and the 3rd vaccination (V3). Any horse restarting their vaccinations or starting a new primary course after 1st January 2024 will be affected by the changes. Vaccinations that are up-to-date and correct will not be affected.
The graphic here is a guide only. You should always ensure that your horse or pony is vaccinated for equine flu in accordance with the rules of the appropriate sporting governing bodies under which you are competing.
Vaccination rules differ between organisations
Please note that there are differences in vaccination rules between organisations. It is your responsibility to ensure that your horse or pony’s vaccinations are up to date and comply with requirements. Any lapse in the vaccination history (even by a few days) could result in your horse being unable to compete or penalties being imposed.
Whether or not your horse is competing in BEF member bodies affiliated sports, we advise that you follow the BEF advice, which is supported by research evidence and complies with the recommendations of vaccine manufacturers.
If you need advice prior to a competition, our office teams and vets will be happy to check your horse’s vaccination record.