As posted by the German Federation. This video speaks for it self!!The course is traditionally characterized by its nature-like fixed obstacles. For several years, various safety materials and accessories have been either in use or in trial, causing a discarding or deformation of the obstacle. These include, in particular, the MIM clip developed in Sweden and the security pins mainly used in the United Kingdom. The costs for these MiM systems have been fully borne by the Stiftung Deutscher Spitzenpferdesport Foundation since 2015. By mid-2018, 145 event and training venues had been equipped with 550 MiM systems.So far, the MIM system has mainly been used for steep jumps and open oxers. Less common is the patent for corner and table jumps. An MIM table located in the DOKR area was first triggered during a test in the spring of 2018. A video (see video) proves the effectiveness of the system, an otherwise very likely fall was avoided.......................Posted by David Morton on Tuesday, 10 July 2018
The German Equestrian Federation have released what they say is a very important video showing the dramatic moment that a table fitted with MIM clips collapsed, allowing the horse and rider to hit it but escape harm or serious injury.
In the video below (please be patient), there is an obvious misjudgement on their take-off point leading the horse to take a half stride towards the fence and thus taking off too close to the table. The horse hits the fence on the way up, but because of the MIM clips working, the table collapses and allows both horse and rider to gallop away unhurt.
MIM clips were the brainchild of Swedish inventor Mats Bjornetun. Biornetun came up with the invention after becoming interested in eventing when he became an event organiser in 1994. The inventor used his professional expertise from supplying the global car industry with crash-tested equipment to develop the system.
The device (known as a MIM clip) allows a fences or obstacle to collapse under both forward and upward pressure; they are designed to stop rotational falls which can often lead to fatalities in the sport. As well as being a life saving piece of technology, the MIM clip is fitted with a device that allows the user to recognise when the clip needs to be replaced.
MIM clips gained FEI approval in 2012.