Dear BRC Member

Today is the start of the future development of BRC as we launch the new BRC Advisory Committee, which will be comprised of six members of the former NEC. All 23 Area Representatives will continue to meet twice a year.

All organisations evolve and develop over a period of time and The British Horse Society and British Riding Clubs are no different. Everyone will have a recollection of a charity changing its name to fit the modern world or of an organisation restructuring its board and terms of reference to meet the demands of delivering quality services to its members. The BHS Board of Trustees have been working hard over the past two years to ensure that every aspect of the Society’s work is supported by a robust committee structure and we are announcing today the new BRC Advisory Committee. This FAQ document will explain the new structure and answer some of the questions which you may have.

BRC members may be asking how this will affect them and their club. The short answer is that nothing will change. Clubs will still be affiliated to The British Horse Society and will remain autonomous. Every club will have its own constitution and club rules and they will continue to elect their own committee to run their club for them. There will be no change to the payment structure and members will continue to join their club, paying the membership fee direct to the club. The BRC Area structure will also remain unchanged. BRC will organise the six Championships which take place each year and these will continue to develop and grow. Training will always be a hugely important part of BRC and we hope to introduce many more training opportunities for all members in the future.

It is important to note that while the BRC NEC was not involved in the introduction of the Advisory Committee, this email has been sent out with their knowledge and understanding.

Please do not hesitate to contact either myself or any of the BRC team at HQ, who will be happy to answer any of the queries which you may have.

Best wishes

Laura Sanger
Head of BRC

How does this affect me?.......

For 2015, all members will continue to be required to have their hats tagged before competing in any BRC Qualifier or Championship. When you arrive at the competition, take your hat with you when you go to declare. The Official Steward will then check that your hat complies to an accepted standard, and will place a unique BRC tag on it. It is a good idea to allow a little extra time when arriving at a competition for this process to be done. Please note, you will not be allowed to ride anywhere at that event if your hat has not been tagged, and hats which do not comply to an accepted standard will not be tagged under any circumstances. It is the competitors’ responsibility to ensure they arrive at a competition with a hat to the correct standard so it is therefore imperative that you check your hats before you get to the event, in order to avoid disappointment.

To do this:

1) Use the following information or the BRC 2015 Rule Book for reference

2) Check that your hat clearly displays one of the accepted standards

3) Check that the standard also shows the correct corresponding date

4) Check that your hat also displays the correct corresponding safety standard mark

5) Make sure that you do not remove any labels from inside of your hat which may hold the relevant information as a hat will not be tagged without all of the required information permanently visible. Only hats which comply with all of these above steps will be accepted for tagging. If you’re in doubt, please contact the BRC office for further advice. If your hat cannot be tagged, you will not be allowed to ride wearing that hat under any circumstances.

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR 2016: We have been notified that the European Commission have made changes to the EN1384 hat standard (this also includes BSEN1384) and it will no longer be recognised as an acceptable standard for riding hats in the UK. However, in order to phase out the use of EN1384 and/or BSEN1384 hat standards, the BRC 2015 / 2016 hat rules will be changed as follows:  There will be no changes to the accepted hat standards for 2015 and hats will continue to be tagged with the BRC blue hat tags.  However, from 1 January 2016, ALL hats must be checked and tagged with a new ORANGE BRC hat tag. All hats which only meet the standard EN1384 or BSEN1384, WILL NOT be accepted and therefore will not be permitted for any BRC competition. Hats which bear EN1384 or BSEN1384 along with another standard, will be tagged. For example, BSEN1384 & PAS015 (1998 or 2011) along with the Kitemark, would be acceptable, but not BSEN1384 on its own.

 From 1 January 2016, no hats with a peak of any description will be permitted for the XC phase of any BRC competition. Hat covers and silks will be permitted. BRC Hat Guidelines 2015 V1 Please note the changes for 2016 Only hats to the following specification are acceptable at any BRC competition: Either PAS 015 (1998 or 2011) or BSEN 1384 (1997 or 2012) or EN 1384 (1996) ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a) SNELL E2001 AS/NZS 3838 (2006) AND MUST HAVE AND MUST HAVE AND MUST HAVE AND MUST HAVE BSI Kitemark SEI mark Official SNELL label and number SAI Global mark At all BRC Area Qualifiers and Championships, hats must show a visible BRC ‘hat tag’. Any other standards / dates are NOT acceptable and will not be tagged.

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About Holme Valley Riding Club

The Holme Valley Riding Club was established in 1968. Over the years we have grown, affiliated to the British Horse Society Riding Clubs Association and now boast around 100 members from the Holme Valley and beyond. 

We welcome both junior and senior members and run a variety of activities and events throughout the year including training, lessons, social events and local competitions, as well as the opportunity to represent the club in Area 4 and national competitions.