Eventers will have to declare on arrival at horse trials if they are competing in a BodyCage Exo-Skeleton body protector, the British Eventing (BE) sport committee decided at its meeting last month.

The protectors, which incorporate a magnesium allow cage around the trunk, are opened at the shoulder using an Allen key. They come with a key in a side flap, but BE will also provide keys to all technical advisers.

“This is specialist kit,” said BE director of sport Mike Etherington-Smith. “Site teams need to know if people are wearing them because if they fall there’s a special way of unfastening them.”

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