New rules for equine flu jabs, Three Counties Showground officials announce

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5th March 2019

All horses entering Malvern’s Three Counties Showground from March 1st will need to have been vaccinated against equine flu within the last six months and 21 days of the event they are attending, officials have said.

The measures have been put into place following expert guidance from the showground’s team of veterinarian and equine advisors after a recent UK equine influenza outbreak.

Equine flu recently shut down the racing industry for six days, with restrictions in movement put into place and a host of events cancelled. The highly-contagious disease causes respiratory tract problems that can cause permanent harm to the affected animal if not diagnosed and treated.

The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) last month issued official guidelines for shows and events, and urged owners to vaccinate their horses to help halt the spread of the disease.

Three Counties Showground’s Head of shows Diana Walton, said the new measures at the venue had been put into place to help protect horses.

“Equine flu is a serious concern to anyone involved in the industry and, as a responsible organisation, we have to play our part,” said Diana.

“After taking guidance from our team of highly-experienced equine experts we have decided that we have no alternative options but to enforce the FEI guidelines. This means that any horse, pony, donkey or mule attending an event at the showground must have been vaccinated as per the FEI requirements.”

The FEI guidelines state that: ‘Booster vaccinations must be administered at a maximum of 12 month intervals however, horses competing in events must have received a booster within six months and 21 days (and not within seven days) before arrival at the event’.

That means that any horse that isn't correctly vaccinated will not be allowed to attend events at the showground, including Royal Three Counties Show on June 14 - 16.

Diana added: “Equine entries will have their passports checked and any animals found not to be complying with the FEI vaccination rules will not be allowed to enter the showground.

“We know how passionate the equine community is about the welfare of its animals and we’re counting on people’s support on this matter.”

The full FEI guidelines can be seen here: FEI Rule change in FEI requirements for Equine Influenza vaccination

Examples

CountryTastic

The following example is for all equines attending  CountryTastic on Thursday 18 April 2019.

  • Equines must have received their last vaccination between 28 September 2018 and 11 April 2019, inclusive of these dates (28 September 2018 is 6 months + 21 days before the show.  11 April 2019 is 7 days before the show.)

Royal Three Counties Show

The following examples are for all equines in attendance at the Royal Three Counties Show on 14, 15 or 16 June 2019.

If looking to attend on Friday 14 June 2019

  • Equines must have received their last vaccination between 24 November 2018 and 7 June 2019, inclusive of these dates (24 November 2018 is 6 months + 21 days before the show.  7 June 2019 is 7 days before the show.)

If looking to attend on Saturday 15 June 2019

  • Equines must have received their last vaccination between 25 November 2018 and 8 June 2019, inclusive of these dates (25 November 2018 is 6 months + 21 days before the show.  8 June 2019 is 7 days before the show.)

If looking to attend on Sunday 16 June 2019

  • Equines must have received their last vaccination between 26 November 2018 and 9 June 2019, inclusive of these dates (26 November 2018 is 6 months + 21 days before the show.  9 June 2019 is 7 days before the show.)

Malvern Autumn Show

The following examples are for equines attending Malvern Autumn Show on 28 and 29 September 2019.

Looking to attend on Saturday 28 September 2019

  • Equines must have received their last vaccination between 8 March 2019 and 21 September 2019, inclusive of these dates (8 March 2019 is 6 months + 21 days before the show.  21 September 2019 is 7 days before the show.

Looking to attend on Sunday 29 September 2019

  • Equines must have received their last vaccination between 9 March 2019 and 22 September 2019, inclusive of these dates (9 March 2019 is 6 months + 21 days before the show.  22 September 2019 is 7 days before the show.)

Only Primary Course Given

This is fine, as long as the equine has had the first two injections that make up the primary course, and the second injection was received within six months +21 days prior to the day of attending the event at Three Counties Showground.