At Badminton we have always been very supportive of the development of frangible technology and indeed a lot of testing has been carried out here from the very beginning. We have used this technology to reduce the risks to horses and riders, while acknowledging that acceptable risk is an integral part of Eventing and it will never be possible, or indeed desirable, to make the sport completely ‘safe’.
We now believe the time has come for the FEI to make the use of suitable frangible technology compulsory in respect of those types of fences that are susceptible to its introduction, rather than simply recommended.
We support the initiative of the United States Equestrian Association, also supported by the International Event Officials Club, asking the FEI to take this action.
Badminton Horse Trials | Director