British Riding Clubs


VWH Riding Club is affiliated to British Riding Clubs (BRC) as part of The British Horse Society within Area 9. 

This means as a club we can enter qualifiers for National BRC competitions within our area. 

Qualifiers run over two seasons:

Summer qualifiers include prelim, novice, elementary, medium and pairs dressage. Novice, intermediate, open and style jumping and BRC 80, 90, 100 & 100+ horse trials. 

Winter Qualifiers include The Novice Dressage - Prelim and Novice tests, Intermediate Dressage - Prelim, Novice, Elementary and Medium tests, Novice and Intermediate Show Jumping. Combined Training and The Eventers Challenge and Arena Eventing.

Click here to view the Area 9 Website

BRC Safety Standards

Hat Standards

As of January 1st 2016 the BS EN1384 will be withdrawn from eligibility! Please see information from British Equestrian Trade Association below:

All eligible hats at BRC competitions in 2019 will be retagged with an AQUA hat tag.

BRC 2018 Hat Tagging Standards Guide

Body Protector standards

From January 2012, body protectors will also be checked before a competitor rides cross country.


Please download the BRC Body Protector standards information available below:

BRC 2018 Body Protector Standards

BRC Passport and Flu Vaccination Requirements

Horses Passport Information 

To compete at a BRC Area qualifier, your horses vaccination history MUST be correct and complete. Horse passports are checked at each AREA qualifier event so an area we hold a database of every-ones horses vaccination history to ensure it's correct before you enter a competition. If your horses details aren't on the database and are found to be incorrect on the day of competition you will be eliminated and unable to compete.

We request that you send a good quality scanned copy of your horses Name and Ownership page, the picture page and all vaccinations to date page to On the email title please put your name, your club name and your horses full passport name.

Once you are on the database each year after your horses annual booster please send and updated copy of the vaccinations page.

If you wish you can verify your horse's vaccination dates by using this checker:

Flu Vac Checker 2017.xlsx

BRC Rulebook

The British Riding Clubs rule book is available online, please see link below.

Rule Book 2019

2019 Rule Book Amendments 

When entering qualifiers BRC are very strict and do check horse and rider eligibility for each competition. Please make yourself aware of these rules when entering.  

Down grading of horses 

If you have seen a competition you would like to enter but your horse is not eligible you can now apply to the BRC directly to downgrade your horse.

From 1 January 2011 BRC changed the rules regarding downgrading for BRC competitions. As a result of feedback from members, BRC has decided that anyone who would like to downgrade their horse for BRC competitions can complete a downgrading form and support it with an accompanying letter explaining why they wish to downgrade their horse. 

BRC will be looking at each application on a case by case basis, taking into consideration the horse and riders age, past achievements, injuries and current levels of performance.

You can apply to down grade at any point during the year, however a decision must have been formally made by BRC before prelim entries close for any particular event you wish to compete in.

Down Grading Form 2018

Downgrading FAQ's 

For any queries regarding downgrading please contact Carla Jones at BRC 02476 840597