Ask the experts

We'll be hosting sessions with some of the industry's best minds and talents on a range of topics that affect members - learn more here and catch up with previous events.


Harrison Clark Rickerbys legal blogs

As official legal partner of British Dressage, Harrison Clark Rickerbys (HCR) are able to support our members with legal advice on any of life's key milestones; including both business and personal matters, as well as having equine specialist lawyers for any equine related issue.

Hear from HCR on some of the key current matters that they are advising on, with their blogs and Q&A webinars:


Episode two - Twitter Hour with BD CEO Jason Brautigam

On 11 March 2020, we hosted the second first Ask the expert session with British Dressage Chief Executive on Twitter where he answered questions on a range of topics.

View the Twitter feed of the evening

We had one question submitted ahead of the evening which we ran out of time to answer - apologies to the member concerned.

Q: There is currently a stewards exam in place. Are there any plans to provide something similar for scorers and writers as I feel sometimes these people can be overlooked at events. I currently volunteer as a scorer and writer, to have the correct qualities for this task is important. Stewards get recognition, we don't.

A: JB; “As part of our project plan to review the education systems for our officials the priority will be to address the training and development of our judges and stewards in the first phase, but we will certainly be incorporating writers and scorers in our future plans.  Support and recognition for our volunteers is a key component of our new strategy.”

Episode one - Equine Influenza Vaccination

Our first Ask the expert session featured Dr Jane Nixon MA VETMB BSC MRCVS on Equine Influenza Vaccination. Here's the video for you to enjoy:

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First minute - welcome and introductions
1.55 - Scene setting - the 2019 epidemic in summary
10.45 - The vaccination process - how and why
20.15 - Explanation of the rule revision
23.00 - Q1 Where is the evidence that vaccinating horses every six months has been tested sufficiently to say that it will have a positive effect and achieve the desired result?
28.45 - Q2 My vaccine says it lasts at least 12 months, why should I do six months?
29.05 - Q3 Should we be looking at titre testing so that only horses that need vaccines are being vaccinated? 
30.50 - Q4 What can owners do to try to prevent or minimise a reaction to the vaccination?
35.20 - Q5 I understand there is a dispensation process for horses who have extreme reactions to their flu vaccination, what does this involve? Read the news item for more detail.
38.35 - Q6 Why aren’t DEFRA, governing bodies and vets doing more to get the unvaccinated horses vaccinated? 
43.28 - Q7 Making the rule work for you
44.45 - Jane's final comment