Rotational fall charges reached an all-time low in worldwide eventing in 2022.
Final yr had a file variety of occasions and starters, with 788 competitions and 21,560 starters – a rise of 19.4% on the variety of competitions in 2021 and a 12.1% improve in starters.
FEI eventing committee chairman David O’Connor and FEI threat administration steering group chairman Geoff Sinclair introduced the info on the federation’s eventing threat administration discussion board in Jardy final month.
The headline determine was the drop in rotational fall charges. The proportion of starters having a rotational fall, which have the best threat of harm for horse and rider, has decreased from 0.2% in 2011 to 0.07% final yr. This equates to a drop from one rotational fall each 510 starters to at least one in each 1,437 starters.
Charges of non-rotational horse falls at a cross-country fence should not as little as they had been within the pandemic years of 2020 and 2021, however are decrease than they had been pre-pandemic and considerably beneath 2011, which was the primary yr of “lifelike dependable information”.
Apart from the 2 pandemic years, 2022 additionally marked the bottom variety of horse falls and rotational falls in actual phrases since 2011.
Mr O’Connor mentioned the reductions are “to be congratulated” however “there’s nonetheless work to do”.
“Rotational falls have actually diminished by an amazing quantity – we’re at our lowest fee,” he mentioned.
“Every part that we’re doing from course-design to shapes of fences and frangible know-how coming in, is what’s driving that quantity down.”
Mr O’Connor additionally voiced issues that he feels concussions could also be under-reported. The FEI has collected concussion information since 2018. In 2022, 17 had been reported – 10 linked to critical harm and 7 to slight harm.
He added that his impression from coping with different horse sports activities is that the determine is “underrated”, and questioned whether or not that’s right down to the reporting course of or recognition of concussions.
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