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Animals may be measured at any time of the year.
1. Annual Measurements
i. Animals cannot be measured until they are four years old. N.B. Age is computed as follows - A horse/pony is regarded as being one year old on 1st January next after the year in which it was foaled, and becomes two years old on the following 1st January and so on.
ii. Every animal regardless of its age has to have at least one Annual Measurement before it can have a Full Measurement.
iii. Annual Measurements are issued for horses and ponies of four, five and six years of age, or any animal aged seven years of over which is presented for its first measurement unless a Gold Measurement is requested.
iv. All Annual Measurements expire on the 31st December in the year of measurement.
v. The Official Measurer for the second or third Annual Measurements must be different from the Official Measurer who did the last measurement but can be from the same practice.
vi. Annual Measurements cannot be carries out on any animal eligible for a Full Measurement.
vii. Animals cannot be measured for a second or third Annual or a Full measurement until the previous measurement which must not previously have been declared invalid has expired, i.e. after 31st December following the last measurement, except in the case of re-measurements.
viii. Annual Measurements issued to horses/ponies of four, five and six years are immune to objection but for the avoidance of doubt horses and ponies with annual measurements can be re-measured under rules 42.1(ii), (iii) and (iv).
2. Full Measurements
Horses and ponies seven years and over are eligible for Full Measurements, provided that they have had an Annual Measurement which must not previously have been declared invalid. The Official Measurer for a Full Measurement must be from a different practice from that to which the Official Measurer who performed the last Annual Measurement belonged.
3. Gold Measurements
Gold Measurements can be carried out on animals aged seven years or older and have not had a Full Measurement whether or not they have had an Annual Measurement. Any previous Annual Measurement must not have been declared invalid.
Unofficial amendments of any kind to the animal’s name, identification or measurement details will render the measurement invalid, and the matter will be reported to the Member Society concerned, who will take disciplinary action if necessary.
5. Ownership of Certificates
Certificates were issued until 31st December 2016. The Certificate remains the property of The Joint Measurement Board Ltd and must be returned to The Joint Measurement Board Ltd within 14 days of a request for return of the certificate being sent to the owner or the owner’s authorised representative.
6. International Events
Animals competing at international events under F.E.I. Rules must comply with the F.E.I. Measurement Regulations. Owners should contact the discipline concerned.
1. Owners requiring animals to be measured for Annual or Full Measurements must apply online for a measurement and pay the fee before arranging a measurement. The payment receipt (hardcopy or digital) must be taken with the animal to the measurement.
2. Having applied for the measurement and paid for it, owners must communicate directly with the Official Measurer. Requests for a Gold Measurement should be made to the Secretariat.
3. Consecutive measurements must be carried out by different Official Measurers who, in the case of a measurement for a Full Measurement, must also be from a different practice (Rule 32.1.(v) and 32.2).
4. An Official Measurer cannot measure any animal where a conflict of interest may arise. For the avoidance of doubt the Stewards of the Joint Measurement Board Limited will not accept measurements carried out on any animal owned or produced by (i) the Official Measurer concerned, (ii) a member of the Official Measurer’s family (including partner) or household or (iii) a business partner. If an Official Measurer is in any doubt about a possible conflict of interest he or she is advised to discuss the matter with the JMB office.
1. All measurements must be carried out on a measuring pad that has been inspected by a Steward or Secretary of The Joint Measurement Board Ltd and registered by the Stewards. Where there is doubt the decision of the Stewards will be final.
2. It is the responsibility of the owner, and in his interests, to ensure that the animal is well handled, accustomed to the application of a measuring stick, and correctly prepared for measurement. (See Appendix 2)
3. The animal must have all four shoes removed and the feet must be correctly prepared and balanced as for shoeing with the wall taken down level with the bearing edge of the sole.
(i) The owner is required to declare if the animal has previously been submitted for measurement under The Joint Measurement Board Limited while in his/her ownership or at any other time to his/her knowledge with a view to making an application for a measurement, regardless of whether or not a measurement was issued (Rule 21.2). The owner is required to present the passport and any existing JMB documentation to the Official Measurer or Referees at the time of measurement.
(ii) In respect of any measurement or a re-measurement, before the measurement can be commenced the Official Measurer or the Referees must satisfy themselves as to the identification of the animal being offered for measurement. In circumstances where the diagrammatic identification available contains minor inaccuracies (the decision as to whether or not inaccuracies are minor is to be at the absolute discretion of the Official Measurer or the Referees) when compared with the markings of the animal presented and where the microchip confirms the identity of the animal, the information contained in the microchip will take precedence. In the event that the Official Measurer or the Referees are unable, to their satisfaction, to identify accurately the animal being presented for measurement or re-measurement then the measurement process must be suspended pending a report being submitted to the Stewards.
2. First Measurements and Re-measurements by Referees
(i) The Official Measurer or Referees, after they have positively identified the animal to be measured as set out at Rule 35.1.(ii), must complete the online Measurement Form. The name of the animal written on the form must be the same as that printed in the passport by the passport issuer. Competition names, stable names or names not as printed on the passport and not as registered with the passport issuer will not be accepted and any subsequent correction will only be made after the change of name fee is paid (Rule 26.4). Un-named animals must be named with the Passport issuer before they are measured.
(ii) If the animal’s passport contains a Joint Measurement Board Limited page the Official Measurer MUST NOT complete any part of the page.
3. Second and third Annual and Full measurements
(i) If the animal has been measured previously under The Joint Measurement Board Limited and if the Official Measurer can positively identify the animal from it's passport as set out in Rule 35.1.(ii) the online Measurement Form must be completed by the Official Measurer . The name of the animal written on the form must be the same as that printed in the passport by the passport issuer. Competition names, stable names or names not as printed on the passport and not as registered with the passport issuer will not be accepted and any subsequent correction will only be made after the change of name fee is paid (Rule 26.4).
(ii) If the animal has a Joint Measurement Board Limited Measurement Certificate the Official Measurer MUST NOT complete any part of the certificate.
(iii) If the animal’s passport contains a Joint Measurement Board Limited page the Official Measurer MUST NOT complete any part of the page. .
4. The animal must be examined for the presence of a microchip with a scanner and the microchip number entered on the Application for Measurement Form. If no microchip is found a microchip must be inserted, at the owner’s expense, immediately after measurement and the number recorded on the form and the passport. The information from the microchip will take precedence over any other form of identification including diagrams.
5. The animal must be presented for measurement in a headcollar without a bit.
6. The animal should be handled quietly and allowed to relax before measurement is attempted.
7. The animal must be positioned for measurement with the front legs parallel and perpendicular; the toes of the front feet should be in line, allowing not more than 1.5 cm (½ in) difference. Both hind feet must be taking weight and as near perpendicular as possible; the toes of the hind feet should be not more than 15cm (6 in) out of line with each other.
8. The animal’s head must be in its natural position in relation to its neck, positioned so that the eye is neither more than 8 cm (3in) below, nor more than 8 cm (3 in) above the highest point of the withers.
9. The measurement must be taken at the highest point of the withers, (i.e. immediately above the spinous process of the 5th thoracic vertebra), which at the discretion of the Official Measurer or Referees, may be identified, by palpation and if necessary be marked before any measurements are made.
10. The veterinary surgeon carrying out the measurement has the responsibility that the stick he uses is an accurate one; it must have been certified by a Weights and Measures or Trading Standards Officer no more than four years previously. The stick must be fitted with a spirit level and must be shod with metal.
11. The measurement, which must be done by an Official Measurer (or in the case of a re-measurement, by Referees) must be the lowest truly relaxed height of the animal.
13. If the animal on presentation to an Official Measurer or Referees is in his/her opinion unfit to be measured for any reason, or present evidence of improper preparation, or the conditions for measurement are unacceptable, the owner shall be informed that the animal will be measured at a latter date, when it is in a fit condition to be measured or in the case of a Re-measurement any subsequent re-measurement will only be carried out at the absolute discretion of the Stewards.
14. Animals must be presented in a healthy working condition which in the opinion of the Official measurer or Referees approximates to the fitness and condition in which it will compete. The Official Measurer’s or Referee’s decision as to the fitness and preparation for measurement shall be final. Any extra costs incurred by the enforcement of this rule will be at the owner’s expense. Official Measurers, or the Board in the case of a measurement for a Gold Measurement or a re-measurement, can at their discretion make a charge for an abandoned measurement or re-measurement.
15. If an application for a measurement is received by the JMB office that, in the opinion of the Stewards, records a height that is significantly different to a previous measurement, the animal will be re-measured by Referees (see rule 42) at the owner's expense unless the Stewards accept that information from the Official Measurers and/or owners plains the difference.
(i) The animal must not be in receipt of any Prohibited Substance (see Appendix 3). If the Official Measurer (or Referees in the case of a re-measurement) considers it necessary, a body fluid sample will be taken for analysis. If this course of action is taken and tests show the presence of a Prohibited Substance (see Appendix 3) or that the sample contains an abnormal amount of any of its constituents, the case will be referred to the Member Society with which the animal is registered for action to be taken. The measurement will be declared invalid. The owner is responsible for the total cost of the test and the additional time spent in collecting the sample.
(ii) The horse or pony must not receive any substance on the day of measurement or re-measurement (whether by injection, orally or by any other method) other than normal feed and water offered by mouth until it has been measured or re-measured.
17. The Application for Measurement Form MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE by the Official Measurer or Referees to The Joint Measurement Board Limited, regardless of the outcome of the measurement, with a report if necessary.
1. On application to the secretariat and on paying the fee (Rule 26.2) two Official Measurers and Steward or Official will be appointed and a date and time set for the measurement to take place.
2. The Steward or Official must be present and is responsible for ensuring that the measurement procedure is adhered to.
3. Measurement procedure: Rules 34-35 apply, except that two Official Measurers will identify and measure the animal.
4. The decision of the Official Measurers concerning the height of the animal shall be final and binding.
5. In the event of disagreement between the two Official Measurers the matter will be reported to The Joint Measurement Board Ltd. The Stewards will then decide what course of action is necessary.
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-a guide for Owners and Handlers
Prohibited Substance means a substance which:
1. originates externally to the horse, whether or not it is endogenous to it, and,
2. is listed in any of the categories specified in the Rules of Racing published by the British Horseracing Authority and includes the metabolites of the substance and the isomers of the substance and the metabolites The horse or pony must not receive any substance on the day of measurement or re-measurement (whether by injection, orally or by any other method) other than normal feed and water offered by mouth until it has been measured or re-measured.