Showing Council Meeting 11th November 2020
2 Dec 2020
The Showing Council held its latest scheduled meeting of Council Members by Zoom on Wednesday 11th November; please see below for the major points discussed:
- United Dope Testing Platform (BEFAR): Sacha Shaw (NPS) presented the latest update following the recent BEFAR meeting, with interim CEO of the BEF, Iain Graham, in attendance. Sacha will continue to move this project forward and all Member Bodies remain onboard, with the exception of the BSHA and now the BSPS; the door will always remain open should either organisation wish to return to the BEFAR initiative at a later date.
- Central Accident Insurance for Judges: Exploratory work is still on-going and progressing well. Charles Wilkerson, former BSHA General Secretary, has been negotiating with insurers, as the project manager on this. The benefits of cover are looking much more favourable with the united approach and we are now looking at including Stewards and Officials as well. There is the potential for some organisations to make significant savings on premiums.
- Operational Plan/Blueprint for Showing: This has been a very well received piece of work, going out to over 100 shows now, including in Australia. The blueprint is due to be re-issued at the end of this second lockdown and once all the update information is forthcoming from Sport England and the BEF version 9 should be released. Show Secretaires still requiring a copy, should apply to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Memorandum & Articles: The Council have begun a review and amendment process to this documentation. It is vital we keep up to date with modern practices. A draft of the revision document will be presented at the January meeting, ready for the AGM in April 2021.
- Welfare: It was agreed to focus on Welfare for at least one meeting in the 2021 season. The Chairman was asked to approach World Horse Welfare and the British Horse Society to invite them to take part and advise accordingly. The Showing Council already has joint Welfare Policy in place, which was created in partnership with BHS back in 2018, and it is the intention for this to now be annually reviewed.
- Equine Infectious Disease Advisory Group (EIEAG): The Showing Council was brought up to date with this new information. An esteemed panel of Vets and Advisors are seeking to create an information centre for all equestrian activity and areas so we all have better access to relevant information in regard to dangerous and highly infectious diseases. More to come on this one in 2021.