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Clarification on weather temperature and WBGT readings with regards to horse sport

Further to a high volume of calls being received by BE asking if the WBGT (Wet Bulb Globe Temperature) reading is the same as the weather temperature, we would like to confirm that THIS IS NOT the case.

An example of this is, where the temperature a few hours ago in the UK was recorded at 30.6℃.  A WBGT reading taken at the same time recorded a number of 22.9℃ which is far below the acceptable level the FEI suggest which is of up to a reading of 32℃.

We understand that the calls to the office questioning why British Eventing are running this weekend have been driven by a recent post issued online.  The post reportedly states that the weather temperatures expected this weekend would run close to the higher level of WBGT suggested acceptability. It is the opinion of both British Eventing and the FEI that this is incorrect and we would like to reassure members that equine welfare is at the forefront of everything we do.

WBGT tests will take place over the weekend, as will extra measures to ensure that cooling stations and fresh water are made available at all events affiliated to British Eventing.

The Amber Warning that is in place across specific areas of the country does not require sport to cease.  It does however ask us to be mindful of the heat and to take extra measures to ensure our horses are well hydrated and kept as cool as possible.   Further information on the Amber Warning and keeping your horse cool can be found here

A link to the FEI Eventing Memorandum can be found here which references the WBGT test in  Annex V – Guidelines of measures to be taken in adverse climatic conditions of heat and humidity 1.

 

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