British Eventing: no increase in fees for 2013

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British Eventing: no increase in fees for 2013
British Eventing: no increase in fees for 2013

Following British Eventing’s end of season board meeting, BE has announced that fees for membership and horse registrations are to be held for a fifth consecutive year.

The cost of membership renewals remain unchanged for 2013 (if renewing on line and paying by direct debit).

Entry and start fees and also abandonment insurance changes were also discussed and have been amended as follows:

Entry fees

Entry fees will see a rate of inflation increase of three percent in 2013 for all national competition with the fee for CIC3* entries being increased to a maximum of £200 per entry.

Start fees

To reflect the new policy introduced by British Dressage whereby judges may now charge events for their services, the start fee for 2013 has had to be increased to cover the cost of judging.

At BE80(T), BE90, BE100, novice and intermediate levels, the start fee may be increased by £2, per horse, per class.

At advanced and CIC competitions, with the need for more than one judge, the start fee may be increased by £5, per horse per class. The start fee increase is dependent on whether the organiser is expected to incur a fee from their BD Judge/Judges. The start fee increase is also subject to VAT allowance.

Abandonment insurance

This fee has increased from 9.5% per entry to 12% as a direct result of the level of claims experienced in 2012, the total of which is just below £1.7 million.

This increase in abandonment insurance has in part been subsidised by the Abandonment Fund.

Wendy McGowan, BE’s financial director said: "We are immensely proud to be in a situation whereby increases have been able to be kept to the absolute minimum, despite an extremely difficult year with respect to the weather and cancellations. This is down to many factors, financial planning, strict budgets and staff efficiencies to name but a few. We recognise only too well that everyone is under financial pressure and would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their loyalty to the sport in a difficult year."

This year’s British Eventing’s AGM will take place in London on Wednesday 19 December.

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