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News for November & December 2005


Covering the period 1st November to 31st December 2005



      Looking Forward

      Safety doesn't "just" happen

Safety Tip

        Cold Weather


        A landmark achievement for the Horse Industry as its first ever Strategy is launched 

        BHIC players get ready for action

        Industry unites to tackle insurance

        ‘Safety Matters Fun Day’ in Bedfordshire

        Concussion rules stretch to Point-to-Point riders

       Weather Update


        Robin Cook's successor named

        Suggett appointed to BEF board

Training Initiatives

        New qualifications to help reduce accidents and ill health on farms

People Welfare

        Criminal Records Bureau checks compulsory for new British Horse Society Registered Instructors

        Racing world tackles suicides

Horse Welfare

        Welfare guidelines updated

        Sugar beet welfare crime

        Thieves target rugs as cold weather bites


        Arson by fireworks kills colt

        Arson attack on hunt kennels


        Kelly-Ann rides again

        Woman dies in collision with horse

        Carriage horses cause traffic chaos

        Accidental death verdict on rider

HSE News

        Update on the review of the Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981

        HSE publishes up to date guidance on safe operation of vehicles in the workplace

        Responding to the Better Regulation Challenge

Legislation Update

        Compensation Bill

Legal Cases

        Paralysed trainer wins 1.5m compensation

        Civil case hits polo insurance cover

        Crash driver offered course

        New Forest stallions: a public threat?

Looking Forward - Diary Dates

        Safety with Horses

        BETA International 2006

        The National Equine Forum


        BETA's Body Protector Survey Continues......

and finally....

        Clamping down on illegal roadside adverts


Read the full details of all these items and more in the November & December 2005 archive >>> 




      Safety is no accident.......

Safety Tip

      Remember, Remember the 5th of November – and beyond…


      BHS Safety Symposium discusses MoD low-level flying issue

      New Horse Safety training programme

      Water company brands hosepipes ‘hazardous’

      The BHS achieves Umbrella Body status with the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)

      Have your say on equestrian facilities

      Dismay at Jockey Club's safety decision

      Buyers warned to beware of second-hand hats on eBay

      The British Horse Society launches Government Affairs Register

      Are we in for a severely cold Winter this year?


      ABRS……..A New Chairman in West Sussex

      New Director of Access, Safety and Welfare at the BHS

      Graham Cory to head up BHIC

Road Safety

      Councils act on slippery Stone Mastic Ashphalt (SMA) roads

People Welfare

      Safety first: financial protection for grooms

Horse Welfare

      Animal Welfare Bill

      Ragwort will kill 1,000 horses this year

      The British Horse Society reiterates the importance of educating first time horse owners

      Public urged to take part in the Health and Welfare Strategy for the Horse, Pony and Donkey

      DEFRA details emergency plans


      Top stallions escape stud blaze


      Tragic accident at Gatcombe Park event

      Young event rider in critical condition

      Jockey Club to hold enquiry after horrific fall

      Show horse dies in road smash

      Horse electrocuted on rail track 

      Stud left with 2000 vet bill from firework panic

      Runaway horse is killed by lorry 

      Biker injured in crash with horse 

      Shire causes havoc at Devon show

Legislation Update & HSE News

      HSE Campaign - Watch Your Step

Legal Cases

      High Court damages claim escalates to 1m

Looking Forward - Diary Dates

      Your Horse Live

      Safety Matters - Safety Fun Day

      "The Frangible Pin - 2006 and beyond"

      National Equine Forum expands for 2006



      BETA's Body Protector Survey Continues......

and finally....

      Park and Ride…The Equine Way

      Dobbin is a rescue thoroughbred 


Read the full details of all these items and more in the August, September & October 2005 archive >>> 


News for May, June & July 2005



        Working together to save the Industry

Safety Tips for Summer.....

        Your Riding Hat needs you......

        Planning a journey by road for you and your Horse?

        Give me sunshine......


        Improvement in Liability Insurance Markets

        Another riding school bites the dust

        Riding schools turn away budget hats

        Inventor develops 'unsafe' hat warning system 

        New high performance hat standard approved

        No Charges for muck heaps, says Defra

        Racing week: Spotlight on jockeys' health

        Racing week: Thumbs-up for safer goggles

        Anti-clockwise for safety?

        Further news of Chris Kinane

        Road rage driver targets riders

        Strategy for the Horse Industry in England and Wales - progress update

Health and Safety Executive

        Sensible Health and Safety

        Better Backs

Road Safety

        BHS plans hi-tech rights of way database

        Hickstead hosts road safety day


Horse Welfare

        New Animal Health and Welfare Advisory Group Appointed

        Animal welfare to take centre stage in Parliament

        Blackpool donkeys to be protected by employment rights.


        'Disgraceful' fire youth gets two years


        Talented young jockey killed

        Cheshire woman dies in training fall

        Somerset coroner rules 'freak accident'

        Trainer died after horse slipped, inquest hears

        Rider's death 'accidental'

        King's Troop horse dies in display collision

        Horse put down after collision with car

        Lifeboat rescues foal from cliff face

        Runaway horses take motorway slip

Legislation Update

        The proposed new Compensation Bill was announced in the Queen's Speech.

Legal Cases

        Rider wins damages from bus company

Looking Forward - Diary Dates

        The BHS Safety Conference

        Your Horse Live

        The British Equine Event - 5 & 6 November 2005 - Stoneleigh Park.


        BETA's Body Protector Survey Continues......

        Low Flying Aircraft...

and finally....

        Recipe for riding school success

        Reflective Donkeys


Read the full details of all these items and more in the May, June & July 2005 archive >>> 


March & April 2005  


      Safety in numbers........

      Your last chance to comment (on the Strategy for the Horse Industry in England and Wales)......

      Air Bags for Riders......


Safety Tip.....

      BSJA risk assessment



      Pre-Election ‘Manifesto to Government’ issued by The British Horse Society 

      Safety report shows eventing somersaults up

      Green light for children "training" on yards

      No charges for muck heaps, says Defra

      British Show Jumping Association makes Safety Cups mandatory

      Road Safety - BHS successful in obtaining road safety project funding

      Horse Welfare - BHS launches Ragwort Awareness Weeks



      Youth pleads guilty to stable arson

      Animals killed in allotment arson 



      Woman trapped by horse rescued 

      Fatal fall rider had old helmet

      Horse rescued after box overturns

      Two horses killed in road crash 

      Welsh farming fatality

      Injured trainer's condition "stable"

      Stallion's death prompts police investigation

      Two riders die in tragic accidents


Legislation Update

      The Work at Height Regulations 2005


Legal Cases

      Payout for groom in wheelchair

      Drivers make 150,000 loose horse claim


Looking Forward - Diary Dates

      The BHS Annual General Meeting - Thursday 23 June 2005

      The BHS Safety Conference

      The BHS Safety Conference will be held on Saturday 17 September 2005  

      Your Horse Live - The British Equine Event - 5 & 6 November 2005 - Stoneleigh Park.



      BETA's Body Protector Survey Continues......

      The Stop Lowflying -- give us back our countryside campaign continues>>>


and what's new on the site....

Waxed Jacket Corner additions


      Environmental Issues


Read the full details of all these items and more in the March & April archive>>> 

January & February 2005


  • The lack of coordinated safety information in the Horse Industry
  • Electrical safety 


  • Defra - Draft Strategy launched for public consultation
  • Low Flying Aircraft
    • "Stop Lowflying" website launched
    • New Helicopter Hotline Goes Live
  • Companies warned to bin mailshot from fake 'Health and Safety' agencies
  • Insurance Working Group Urges Better Record Keeping
  • British Horse Society
    • Tell the BHS about roads
    • British Horse Society Wales launches website
  • Child Protection - Instructor checks now Scottish law
  • Legal Cases
    • Claim risk for saddle fitters
    • Pensioner fined in horse rage incident
    • Former trainer sues for damages
  • Fire - Arson youth to face Crown Court hearing
  • Accidents
    • Four escaped horses die in car accident
    • Horse killed on B-road
    • Electrocution horror claims two mares 
    • Riding club secretary dies in dressage fall

Diary Dates

  • 7 March 2005: BHS South West Proprietors Conference.


  • BETA's Body Protector Survey Continues......
    • Responses to the BETA survey 

What's new on the site....

  • Safety Tip - Organising a show? The BSJA risk assessment may provide some help…
  • The "For Businesses" section suggests that businesses check out the 10 actions small businesses must take to ensure they meet health and safety law.
  • Riding Safely launches a Forum where you can ask a question or share your experiences and knowledge.
  • A Search facility has been added to help you find information quickly and easily from the Riding Safely website.

Read the full details of all these items and more in the January & February archive>>> 

  • Focus on arson incidents and fire safety & guidance
  • Accidents in November & December
  • Village gets low-flying ban
  • North Yorkshire low-flying action group formed 
  • The importance of Wotsits...... a Riding Safely article 

  • BETA's Body Protector Survey Continues
  • Responses to the BETA survey

New safety products

  • Ground pole holder

Looking forward - Diary Dates

  • 7 March 2005: BHS South West Proprietors Conference.

Safety Tip:  Do your risk assessments reflect seasonal variations?


Site Updates: 

  • Waxed Jackets Corner upgraded to provide useful information for students and professionals. 

Read the full details of all these items and more in the November & December archive>>>


Safety Tip:  Hats save lives...... but only if properly adjusted


Site Updates: 


Carefully selected  documents from the Health and Safety Executive added to "Waxed Jacket Corner" 

Safety Tip:  Give me sunshine......

May 2004
  • Accidents:  Two fatal accidents reported
  • Fireworks:  "last opportunity to tell the government that loud fireworks frighten animals" 

Safety Tip:  Have you adjusted your hat since you bought it?

Read the full details of all these items in the May archive>>> 

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