More than 300 Reverse Pinning kits have been purchased for British Eventing fixtures, having been introduced in 2011 following testing at important events such as Chatsworth, Houghton and the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in 2010.
BE National Safety Officer Jonathan Clissold commented on the significance of this development: “By increasing access to Reverse Pin kits, organisers can increase the opportunity for this important cross country risk-reduction technology to be used at extra fences at more events. Offering them for free removes the barriers of cost in these challenging financial times for organisers and members alike.”
“British Eventing is at the very heart of research in eventing and as such we continually strive to lead the way in safety for both our members in this country and our colleagues around the world.”
Wendy McGowan, Finance Director for BE commented: “BE’s financial commitment to safety has been maintained for over a decade now and this initiative further endorses our commitment.”
British Eventing also offers free replacement for original Frangible Pins that are activated during competition at all BE and/or FEI events in the UK. The only cost to organisers for both new and replacement pins is for post and packaging.
Fourteen years ago, an incident report form applying to falls of horses and/ or riders was develope when the Transport Research Labority conducted film analysis of 100 accidents including 75 cross-country fences and 25 show jumping fences.
It found that the potential for a crushing injury was related to the rotating motion and landing angle of the horse, which when more than 90 degrees could bring a significant risk of crushing injury to the rider.
This happened when the horse hit a fixed obstacle between its knee and elbow. Below this the horse was able to scrabble over – but above this and the horse stayed behind the fence with the rider staying seated or ejected over the fence.
Out of this emerged the need to design a breakable pin with the precise failure strength that would alllow the rail to drop, stopping the horse from rotating or somersaulting. This would enable the horse to hit the rail fairly hard and still keep its feet, but if the critical load was reached the pin would fall, minimising the risk of injury to horse and rider.
Thus the Frangible Pins were devloped and are now an integral part of fence safety in eventing around the world and have been proved to reduce the incidence of rotational falls, potentially saving lives.
Following the successful free issue of Frangible Pins and sleeves for the last two years, British Eventing has now announced that Reverse Pinning kits will now also be free of charge for organisers.
These kits which are FEI approved will be free to organisers of both BE National events as well as International (FEI) competitions held in the UK.
Reverse Pinning safety measures are now an integral part of fence safety around the world and have been proved to reduce the incidence of rotational falls, potentially saving lives.
The need for them emerged during Frangible Pin testing at Bristol University, when it was found that in some situations there could be merit in having a pinned rail behind the post rather than in front as is traditional.
Following further testing it was established that in certain situations this Reverse Pinning could have added benefits. Testing showed that for the pin to work consistently and not to fail too easily, a method, other than that of traditional roping, needed to be developed.
A solution was found, which consists of a stainless steel wire which is tightened up to a set tension with a torque wrench. This ensures that the pin consistently breaks when a certain force is applied.