Sport Protocols

All persons on any Event site to adhere to HMG Guidance and Advice on Social Distancing Measures and any direct guidance for sport resumption.

Effective from 19th July 2021.

1. With HMG guidance now moving to reducing restrictions on Social Distancing, we will be reverting to delivery of our sport as before C19 Protocols were introduced in July 2020. However, there are a number of processes used during this time which we will continue to use until the end of the 2021 season. Please be advised that BE guidance will be based on protocols from HMG and that some guidance may differ within some regions of the UK. Please check event schedules for information.

2. Behind Closed Doors – Events retain the right to run behind a closed doors policy. Should this be the case it will be stated in schedule or newsflash.

3. Pandemic Refund Policy – This will remain in place, and will continue to be set by each event and published in event schedule.

4. Limits of Personnel on Venue– All restrictions on competitor support staff, owners, event staff, event volunteers and public will be lifted in accordance with HMG guidance.

5. Social Distancing and Face Coverings– The requirement to wear face coverings in law will be lifted. However, the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport. The 2m Social Distancing rule will be lifted. All enclosed spaces and structures to be continued to be well ventilated and numbers of people monitored, to help reduce infection risks.

6. NHS Covid App- Using the NHS COVID-19 app helps stop the spread of the virus by informing you that you have been in close contact with someone who has since tested positive for coronavirus, even if you don’t know each other. Events should make available their QR Code around the venue for people to check in.

7. Competitor Limits – The rules covering the number of competitors an event can accept will revert to Rule 4.3 as per the 2021 Members Handbook for events running from Week 21.

8. BIB Numbers– These will continue to be printed by competitors and checked in to venue by the event at the entrance to the lorry park.

9. Event Scoring – A live scoring platform to be continued to be used.

10. Prize Giving and Screens– An Event may revert to using scoreboards on event (electronic or paper). Prize Giving / Prize collection to be reinstated.

11. Event Trade Stands & Suppliers– All trade stands will follow HMG guidance for the provision of retail services. Event Photography and Video may return to an on event retail presence.

View our guide for Returning to Eventing below.

As we resume eventing our focus remains on keeping all participants safe, whilst enabling everyone to enjoy a competition experience as close to normal as we can.  We continue to work in line with current government guidance and will update protocols as restrictions change.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your patience and support and look forward to seeing you all out eventing soon.

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FAQs: Local Restrictions and BE Protocols

Guide to returning to Eventing

Q & A

Where can I find the sport resumption fixtures calendar?

An up-to-date schedule can be found HERE

Will the sport look different when it resumes?

Yes, British Eventing has been given the green light to resume our events based on the protocols we have in place. An overview of what to expect can be found below.

Are there guidelines in place for volunteers?

Yes, BE has provided guidance to organisers and each event will have a policy in place for their volunteers. Venues will be providing hand santiser and PPE will be provided for roles where appropriate. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own food and drink and briefings will be done online. Where possible it is encouraged that own equipment is used i.e. clipboards and equipment that is provided will be done so in a way to minimise contact. Whistles which are provided are to be kept by Fence Judges. Where volunteers are from the same household or bubble, they will be able to work in pairs, otherwise volunteering roles will be separate and in line with social distancing requirements. We would encourage anyone who has been advised that they are more vulnerable to continue to follow government advice.

What are the protocols for self-certification

Further to the communications we have issued regarding EHV-1 and the BEF guidance on suggested protocols for self-certification, we have worked with the BEOA (our Organisers Association) to implement the following:

In line with the BEF guidance, you are required to self certify the health status of your horse/s 24 hours prior to attending any BE training or competition.  

For competitions, download the form below. Non completion may result in you not being permitted to enter the event site.

For BE training, you will be emailed the self-certification form and will be required to return it to the training organiser 24 hours prior to the training session.  Again, non-completion of the form may result in you not being able to take part.

Find out more about self-certification here

Download the form here

Does my horse have to be vaccinated?

Click on the passports and vaccinations tab below to find out more information. 

Further Questions?

If you have any other questions about the return to eventing, please use the Contact us form and we will provide any follow up guidance or clarification, as necessary. Further guidance will be released soon.


Please stay at home if:

You have any symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature, new, continuous cough or loss/change to your sense of smell or taste).

You're waiting for a coronavirus test result, or have tested positive and have coronavirus.

You live with someone who has symptoms, is waiting for a test result or has tested positive

Follow the latest NHS advice HERE.

2021 BE Rules and Members' Handbook (Please login to view)


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