FUTURITY EVALUATIONS
FOR YOUNG SPORT HORSES & PONIES
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Futurity Event Terms & Conditions 2017

By submitting your application to enter the Futurity and ticking the “I accept the Terms and Conditions” box you have specifically agreed that your entry [,if accepted,] is made on these Terms and Conditions which includes the Futurity Code of Conduct. You should also refer to the Futurity Website and Entry Terms and Conditions, and the Privacy Policy here http://www.britishbreeding.org.

Capitalised words used in these Terms and Conditions and which are not defined below are defined in our Website and Entry Terms and Conditions which appear on the British Breeding website (the “Website”) and which may be accessed here http://www.britishbreeding.org.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

Entry to an event is conditional on:

• The production of a valid horse passport for each horse presented by you or in the case of an unweaned foal the production of the valid horse passport of the dam travelling with the foal.
• The production of such vaccination certificates as are specified by the Futurity venue for entry to the venue. We suggest that you contact the venue in advance to establish their vaccination policy.
Please note that no refund will be given if you are denied entry for failure to comply with these conditions.

RESONSIBILITY FOR HORSES ENTERED

You are personally responsible for any horse and any damage caused by a horse entered by you in a Futurity Event and for any staff, agents or other connections who attend with you or on your behalf at any Futurity Event.

HORSE WELFARE

You are obliged to comply with the FEI Code of Conduct for Welfare of the Horse

THREE YEAR OLDS

Three year olds entered for show jumping or eventing must have been prepared to tackle the jumping lane confidently and capably. If you have any doubts about your horse’s ability to do this or have not engaged the services of a professional to help you, do not enter this section. The chasing of frightened horses down a jumping lane is a welfare matter and we will not permit this to happen. In the event that horses do not, after reasonable opportunity and reasonable encouragement, tackle the jumping lane (where the distances and heights are described for you to prepare over), we will ask you to retire your horse and no score will be awarded and no refund will be given.

NUMBERS

Horses presented for evaluation must wear a disc on their bridle showing the entry number. These bridle discs which must be 8-10cm diameter and marked in permanent black ink can either be purchased or home made. Numbers will be published, along with your vetting and evaluation timings on www.britishbreeding.org one week before the evaluation date.

VETERINARY ASSESSMENT

Futurity Evaluation consists of two parts: a veterinary assessment followed by a panel evaluation. Following the vet assessment, a horse may be may be eliminated from taking part in the rest of the evaluation at the sole discretion of the assessing veterinary on the grounds of lameness or disease. The decision to eliminate a horse will be made known to the person responsible for that horse on the day of the Futurity Event.

CATEGORY TRANSFER

If the evaluators feel that an animal is more suitable for another discipline or category, they can suggest that animal be transferred to that discipline and be scored as such. The owner’s consent must be given for any transfer to occur, and if the owner does not consent the animal will be scored for the category for which it was originally entered.

OBJECTIONS

Any objections lodged concerning the eligibility of specific entries or queries regarding scores awarded must be submitted before close of Futurity proceedings on the day of the relevant Futurity Event and must be accompanied by a cash fee of £50, which will be returned if the objection is upheld. The objection will be heard by the Independent Complaints Assessor and the objector will be informed of the Independent Complaints Assessor’s decision within 30 days. The Independent Complaints Assessor’s decision shall be final and binding on all persons who have entered horses in the relevant Futurity Event.

DISQUALIFICATION

In the event of any animal being disqualified, whether as a result of an objection or otherwise, the result shall be declared invalid and any recognition shall be forfeited.

ELIMINATION

British Breeding, its representatives or contractors may at their absolute discretion exclude or remove any person or animal from any evaluation without being required to assign any reason or being liable for any compensation.

RESULTS

Each evaluation’s results will be published on www.britishbreeding.org as soon as possible after the Futurity Event. The results, media information and photographs of certain horses will be sent to the national and regional media who may contact you to follow up the story.

Whenever possible, copies of the score sheets will be available for collection by the owners at the end of the evaluation day. Failing that, they will be mailed or emailed after the evaluation as soon as administrative resources permit.

INCIVILITY

Any act of nuisance, discourtesy or disobedience to any evaluator, veterinary surgeon, steward or official on the part of the owner, groom, rider, trainer or agent of any horse, or breach of the Futurity Code of Conduct which forms part of these Terms and Conditions will at the sole discretion of British Breeding render that handler/owner’s horse liable to disqualification, in which case any entry fees, charges and awards will be forfeited. Any act of nuisance or discourtesy reported to any evaluator, veterinary surgeon, steward or official on the part of any other Futurity visitor may result in that person being invited to leave that and any future evaluations.

INFRINGEMENT OF RULES OF CONDUCT

Alleged infringements of the Futurity Code of Conduct must be reported to the British Breeding representative at the relevant Futurity Event.

FACILITIES

British Breeding assesses each venue for safety and workability before running an evaluation but cannot be held responsible for any lack of facilities.

FIRE PRECAUTIONS

Exhibitors are asked to read carefully and observe the rules and regulations concerning fire precautions at the relevant host venue and to comply with any rules.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Exhibitors must adhere to all relevant Health and Safety legislation, policies and guidelines for each venue at all times and not to put themselves or anyone else at risk. Exhibitors, spectators and all other persons should bear in mind that these evaluations are for young horses and that all horses, particularly young ones, can be easily alarmed and react accordingly. Members of the public are requested to keep clear of all horse areas and to avoid behaviour that might alarm horses. Children must be closely supervised at all times and it is the responsibility of their associates to do this.

If any horse taking part in a Futurity Event is considered by British Breeding. its representatives or contractors to be at any time behaving in such a way as to endanger the safety of any person, animal or property or any part of the venue where the evaluation is being held, including all stabling areas, working in arenas, horsebox parks and public areas, British Breeding, its representatives or contractors reserve the right to terminate the assessment of that horse, and require the exhibitor or his or her representative to remove the horse from the venue immediately. In the event of such a termination, no refund of fees will be made.

STABLING

Should you require stabling at a Futurity Event you should make enquiries directly with the relevant Futurity venue. All stabling should be booked directly with the host venue.You should observe the rules and regulations (including vaccination requirements) concerning stabling and regulations at the venue. In the event that stables are left unclean and a charge is made to British Breeding, this charge will be passed on to the individual who hired that stable. Recognition may be withheld or future entries declined, until any outstanding amounts are settled.

EQUITY POLICY

British Breeding is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and aims to ensure that all people, irrespective of age, gender, ability, race, religion, ethnic origin, creed, colour, social status or sexual orientation have a genuine and equal opportunity to participate in its programmes at all levels and in all roles. This is taken to include employees, volunteers, participants and spectators.

HORSES FOR SALE

The Futurity seeks to help support the development of a market for the horses that have participated in its evaluations. This is done in several ways, including encouraging the sale of young horses along with their “BEF Premium” which will confirm their evaluation score and help to make them distinct from other young horses which have not participated in the Futurity. British Breeding and the BEF are developing a marketing message to raise buyers’ awareness as to the importance of the Futurity in today’s competitive marketplace. In addition, Futurity horses available for sale can be listed in the catalogue at each venue at no extra charge and exhibitors who wish to make use of this facility should tick the appropriate box when entering online. Several good young horses have changed hands every year as a direct result of their appearance in the Futurity. Marking a horse as For Sale in the Futurity catalogue is not intended to be a principal sales route for young horses, it is intended to support other sales activity. Telephone numbers for the owners of horses For Sale will not be published, however their website address can be included. If anyone contacts us about a horse marked as For Sale, with their permission, we will pass their details on to the seller.

Futurity Code of Conduct / Terms and Conditions

Attendance at Futurity Events whether as an exhibitor, representative, associate or a spectator is expressly subject to acceptance of this Futurity Code of Conduct/Terms and Conditions, the rules and regulations of British Breeding in respect of the relevant Event and the rules and regulations of the Futurity Event venue. The Futurity is a showcase of the best of British equine breeding. It is designed to benefit not only individual entrants but also the reputation of British equine breeding as a whole. British Breeding expects all exhibitors, representatives, associates and spectators to conduct themselves in a proper manner, to ensure that this reputation is upheld, that horses are properly taken care of throughout the event and that those attending benefit from a positive experience in the true spirit of fair competition and are not placed in danger.

Permission to enter or remain within the Futurity Event venue is at the absolute discretion of British Breeding, Futurity Event staff and authorised officials.

Exhibitor Conduct – exhibitors have a duty both to their horses and to others to make licensed events friendly and welcoming, and are expected to be co-operative and above all create a safe environment for all to enjoy their time at licensed events.

Sportsmanship – exhibitors, representatives, associates and spectators should conduct themselves at all times in an appropriate manner and should display good manners and respect towards other participants, and show officials.

Abusive or aggressive behaviour - Threatening, abusive, aggressive or violent behaviour and foul or abusive language is strictly forbidden towards anyone at the Event – including vets, evaluators exhibitors, spectators, other participants, event management or other officials and will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Harassment - No-one should be subject to intimidation or made to feel alarmed or distressed or put in fear of reprisal. Harassment may be defined as causing alarm , distress and anxiety, fear of physical violence or other threat, offensive statements, verbal abuse and threats. As such conduct may involve a criminal offence the police may be involved and it may be that the Futurity will delay any action pending the outcome of such investigation and/or prosecution.

Mobile phones – Exhibitors, representatives, associates and spectators must ensure that mobile phones are used discreetly.

Photography - Photography is only permitted from the ringside and for personal not commercial use. Flash photography is not permitted.

Children – Responsiblity for children remains with the parent or guardian. They must supervise children at all times.

Dogs - Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. Some venues may prohibit dogs from certain parts or all of their facilities.

Right to eject

British Breeding reserves absolutely the right to eject from the Futurity Event any individual failing to comply with this Futurity Code of Conduct/Terms and Conditions or whose presence at the Event could reasonably construed as constituting a source of danger, nuisance or annoyance to any other person. This could lead to further action including, but not limited to, [a ban from attending future Futurity Events unless the individual in question signs an acceptable behaviour agreement or] a complete ban from future Futurity Events.

Exclusion of liability

British Breeding excludes to the maximum extent permitted by any law any liability for loss, injury or damage to persons/property in or around the Futurity Event venue.

EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF DEATH OR PERSONAL INJURY CAUSED BY OUR NEGLIGENCE OR THAT OF OUR CONTRACTORS OR VOLUNTEERS OR DATA SUPPLIERS AND EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF FRAUDULENT MISREPRESENTATION:IN NO EVENT SHALL WE BE LIABLE TO YOU OR TO ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY, IN ANY MANNER (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE) FOR LOSS OR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING AT OR IN CONNECTION WITH A FUTURITY EVENT, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, ACTUAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST INCOME, REVENUE OR PROFITS, LOST OR DAMAGED PROPERTY OR DATA, OR OTHER COMMERCIAL OR ECONOMIC LOSS.