As a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the need for us to maintain social distance, in 2020 BE introduced a policy whereby competitor numbers should be printed at home.
Along with payment of the start fee online, this removed the need to visit the Entry Secretary’s tent on arrival at a competition, minimising contact and saving time for competitors to support the ‘arrive, compete and leave’ principle.
We have resumed sport in 2021 broadly under the same principles, with some important additional changes as detailed below. It is important that competitors make themselves aware of the policy that each event has in place as shown on their online event schedules.
Sponsor names on numbers
The ability to promote a brand on competitor numbers is a valuable asset to events. The support that the sport receives from a number of companies is incredibly important, and it is therefore crucial that any sponsorship arrangements are delivered.
Where a section is sponsored by a company and their name is displayed onto numbers these numbers must be worn by competitors. The rule amendment below highlights that these numbers may be printed online or provided by the event within COVID-19 protocols. Each event will make any requirements clear in their online schedule.
Where sections do not carry a sponsor logo, and to aid in the reduction of printing, competitors may also use re-usable number inserts in their bibs. There are a number of products available on the market for use in BE competition. Following a selection process BE have granted a licence to NumberPro to provide re-usable numbers carrying the BE brand, with a financial return to BE for each NumberPro purchased.
You may also continue to print your own numbers if you prefer.
2021 Competitor number rule amendments
Organisers may stipulate in their Event Schedule the arrangements for competitors bib numbers. Where instructions are provided, competitors may not be allowed to compete unless these directions are complied with. Where there are no instructions, the Competitor should produce their own competitor bib number. The alternatives will include
In the dressage and show jumping phases, the type of number to be worn is at the discretion of the Organiser
In the cross-country phase of the competition, bib numbers must be worn and must be clearly visible from in front and from behind.