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The VERA SMC would like to advise of a rule clarification handed down from AERA following their meeting yesterday. This clarification is in regard to horses wearing hoods into the vet ring. AERA has determined that hoods will not be permitted to be worn in the vet ring.  Could all riders competing in any endurance, intermediate or introductory rides please take note of this clarification to ensure compliance in the future?

Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

The AERA have now provided a set of rule changes that will be applicable from 1 January 2020. Could all members and non-members please read the attached document which provides the rules that have been changed.

It is suggested that you make a notation in the rule book provided (for those members who have received their copy) of these changes.




The SMC have reviewed and updated the Rider Identification Bib policy. This document is now available under the Policies page on the VERA website. Please take the time to read the document and understand the requirements. This is being posted as a reminder to all members that it is MANDATORY to have your own ride bib once you upgrade to Endurance Rider status. The SMC thanks all riders for their assistance in adhering to this rule.


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The SMC would like to remind members about the rules and policy for having dogs at rides. Under Section 1 Clause 26.5 of the AERA Rulebook it states: Dogs must be secured in a structure or on a leash at all times when on the ride base.

From 1st January 2020 the rule will be modified to read: Dogs must be secured in a structure or on a leash that is attached to a solid structure or a human handler when at an endurance event.

Attached is the VERA Dog Policy. The SMC is keen for everyone to read and understand these rules/policy to ensure adherence is achieved.


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One of the responses from the recent Member Survey was in relation to Best Conditioned only being for those horses who completed the ride in the top 5 places of each division. The respondee felt that this should be available to all horses who finished the ride successfully rather than just the fastest horses.

The SMC has put together the following information for members on the awarding of the Best Conditioned award as per the current rules.
There is a Best Managed award but it hasn't traditionally been awarded in shorter rides - it is usually awarded for the marathon events. 

Probably the best way to see the Best Managed award presented at rides would be to organise a sponsor for the award and pass this onto the Ride Organiser. There are quite a few awards presented at rides now and sponsorship of another award would be very much appreciated.


Best Conditioned Guideline download