The Point-To-Point Authority have issued an updated newsletter details the latest processes and procedures that everyone will need to undertaken to access a Point-To-Point course whilst we are at level 4 status.
The Newsletter also unfortunately announces that our opening fixture, the East Devon Races fixture at Bishops Court on the 24th October will be run behind closed doors.
Included are updates on:
– Behind Closed Doors fixtures
Downloads linked from the Point-To-Point Authority Newsletter
This is a formal announcement to confirm that the British point-to-point season is closed for this season.
This was a very difficult decision to make recognising that many people’s livelihoods are involved. However, the Prime Minister’s words last night made clear that everyone should minimise social contact and non-essential travel. Furthermore, our sport creates some medical burden, both on the course and potentially at the hospitals, where it would be unwelcome under the current circumstances.
The PPA would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard to keep this season going so successfully until now, often under very trying circumstances. We will now be working on preparations to ensure that we start next autumn in the same successful manner as last, and will soon be in touch with many of you for your thoughts and ideas.
Unfortunately, following an inspection at Bishops Court it was unanimously agreed that the ground conditions meant that it would still be unraceable next weekend (1st March). Therefore the following new dates have been agreed subject to conditions and new officials being found:
Saturday 7th March East Devon at Bishops Court. Entries will open at normal time for that weekend (up until Monday 2nd March)
Sunday 8th March East Cornwall at Great Trethew. Entries will stand
Subject to conditions and new officials being found
Unfortunately, due to the ground conditions, the East Cornwall Foxhounds have been forced to cancel its point to point at Great Trethew this coming Sunday 23rd February, and is now looking for another date. The Western point to point at Wadebridge, which had been abandoned, is now intending to run in its place on Sunday due to a gap in the calendar, if it can find the necessary officials. This meeting is will be a great day so please support it!
Entries will stand in both cases.
The PPA and PPSA are doing all that they can in these very difficult conditions to support the fixtures and innovative ideas that are being proposed. However, it is very difficult to put on fixtures, or change dates, at short notice due to the requirements these days. If you can help in any way, please do not hesitate to offer your assistance to your local fixture. In particular, we have a shortage of available doctors for some rearranged meetings.
The South Pool Point to Point is postponed. The course is in very good condition but with the worry of high winds and also the car parking we have regretfully made this decision, hopefully will fix a new date A.S.A.P – Jacqui Elliott, Hon. Secretary.
Sandie Newton has advised that the East Cornwall Weatherbys entry fees are to be increased to £34 and £19 respectively for 2020, and not as set out in the planner at £33 and £18. The increase is due to Weatherbys increasing their rate this season, the old rates were erroneously included in the planner and the East Cornwall are not actually increasing their entry fee.
In addition no entry passes will be sent out, but passes will be left on the gate so owners must let the gate person know the name of their horse.
Following the postponement of all three fixtures on Sunday due to Storm Ciara, the following rearranged dates have been agreed, dependent on the fixtures managing to find all the necessary officials required:
➡️ Western (Wadebridge) Sat 15 Feb
All timings and entries remain the same. We thank all fixtures involved for their pragmatic support in finding a solution best for everyone.
Note: The East Cornwall at Great Trethew will be expecting the new version of the forms to be completed!
The following provides an explanation of what action is being taken in relation to recent outbreak of equine influenza (EI). All fixtures are working hard to make it as painless as possible for everyone, and you are all asked to show patience and assist in every way if asked. At the end of the explanation is a list of Frequently asked Questions and their answers for your interest.
The New BHA Requirements to combat EI are:
Vaccination. BHA has ordered that no declarations will be accepted from horses that have not been vaccinated in the previous six months. This requirement will be in place until further notice. Please note that the normal stipulation that the vaccination must not have been given on the day of racing or any of the six days prior to the day of the race as according to Regulation 36 (ii), still applies.
Declaration of Health.BHA has ordered that on arrival at the racecourse, the responsible person (Owner, Keeper or Authorised to Act) must provide the following for all equines on board before the ramp can be lowered:
The horse’s passport with proof of vaccination and date
Confirmation that they have taken the horse’s temperature that morning and provision of that temperature
A signed Health Declaration form – new version as of 21 Feb 19 (see link)
This is the Owner’s responsibility. He does not require a vet to carry out the health checks before making the Declaration
The Fixture will have a fool proof system in place to ensure that this is enforced rigorously. NB it is recognised that all courses are slightly different in layout and will take different approaches accordingly.
This will apply to all equines including companion horses/ponies, pony racing, Hunt horses and horse catchers, and any other activity programmed. Fixtures running events/races which are not under BHA auspices (Charity races etc) must still comply with the above
Penalties for failure to comply are currently under discussion, although Regulation 38 already lays down the fines for failure to provide accurate Vaccination requirements
Procedures for Fixtures
There are numerous ways to carry out the procedures, and there is no right or wrong solution
System should be easily understandable by all so someone can stand in at short notice
Numbers required will depend on how great the number of horses and boxes which come.
The Owner/Keeper must ensure that the following is done in line with BHA Directive (attached):
The Vaccination dates in passport comply with new requirements
It is 6 calendar months inclusive to the day. EG if vaccination was on 23 Aug you can run on 23 Feb.
As before the vaccination cannot have been during the 6 days previous to racing. In other words if you want to run on a Saturday you cannot have had an injection after the previous Saturday
The Health Declaration Form is properly filled in including Horse’s temperature taken that day and signature of owner/keeper/authorised to act.
Fully comply with the systems put in place by the fixture to comply with the BHA requirement
The Owner/Keeper should ensure that the following is done:
All lorries should be washed out and, ideally, disinfected between all journeys
Allow sufficient journey and arrival lead times to assist in facilitating the BHA Arrival checks
Everyone involved with the horses should change into in clean clothing to attend each meeting in order to minimise risk of contamination etc
Frequently Asked Questions
What extra staff needed? Up to Fixture, and obviously dependent on number of horses, but evidence seems to indicate that you will need at least:
One extra vet depending on numbers of horses
One extra Declarations Clerk possibly two depending on number of horses
A runner depending on how procedures set up
Someone to keep close control of water usage in winning enclosure
Further biosecurity Requirements? Whilst there are no further biosecurity measures to put in place by Fixtures, the BHA Chief Veterinary Officer is keen that common sense prevails and everyone puts in effort. In particular he highlighted:
Boxes being washed between trips when shared.
Those involved with horses wear clean clothing to pointing
I think it makes sense to emphasise this in your letters to the owners and trainers.
Horse’s Temperature? It should not be above 38.5 degrees.
Vaccination Date Definition. It is 6 calendar months inclusive to the day. EG if vaccination was on 16 Aug you can run on 16 Feb.
Who Can do the Checks? BHA have put out new directive on vaccination checks, which directs that these are to be carried out by a designated Declarations Clerk. A vet must be in the vicinity to answer any queries as they arise. The responsible person must state date last vaccinated and that will be noted on the Health Declaration form by the Declarations Clerk, who is based at the designated spot, not necessarily at the Declarations Tent.
What to do with Health Declaration Forms? All Health Declarations Forms must be posted in one bunch to the BHA Office after racing, stating at which point to point they were collected, as at bottom of BHA Directive.
How long will this go on? These measures are being reviewed by the BHA on an ongoing basis. However, it is probably sensible for all fixtures to plan to use them for this season.
Horsebox? All horses within a box must comply. If one does not, the box gets turned away.
Companion Horses/Ponies? Companion horses must fully comply, which means, if they have not been vaccinated before, they will need two injections, the last of which must have been within six months.
Water and drinking buckets in paddock? Water for cooling down and drinking buckets should be kept separate in the paddock/winning enclosure, box park etc. This includes drinking buckets not being dipped in troughs, and of course they should be disinfected between races.
Horse Ambulances? Racecourses have not been asked to carry out any different procedures than normal but regular disinfecting is important