Please note, while this guidance is current at the point of publication, it may quickly be superseded following further government updates, or changes to the situation.
Q. What should I do if my horse is due a vaccination in the next few months and will any lapse of vaccinations affect me entering BRC events later in the year?
A. During this unprecedented time it is really important to follow the advice given by your vet. In respect of future BRC qualifiers and Championships, please rest assured that we will be understanding of any issues with regard to six monthly boosters not being given and 12 month boosters that may have been given later than they should have been due to vets cancelling routine appointments at this time. We will issue a further clarity as the situation develops.
Q. Can my riding club organise training or other activities that are non-competitive and will we be covered by the BRC insurance policy?
A. No. BRC have issued guidance stating that all BRC organised activities should cease with immediate effect until 30 June. If you were to run your BRC insurance could be compromised. The reason behind this is that in accordance with the government's advice, organised sports activities are non-essential. Therefore, we should be reducing travel and social interaction for non-essential activities and not adding extra pressure on the emergency services, should an accident occur.
Q. We have a committee meeting or AGM coming up. How can we go ahead with these?
If these can be managed virtually, then they could still go ahead. There are a number of online platforms that can be used for virtual meetings. These include:
• Microsoft Teams
• Go To Meeting
• Cisco Webex
• Google Hangouts
• House Party
If it is not possible to get enough participants to run these virtually, then the planned meeting / AGM should be postponed until later in the year. Remember to communicate this to all members, so that they are fully aware.
Q. Our club owns premises. Can individuals still hire the arena and use the facilities, one at a time?
A. No. Any type of sports ground falls under the government category of ‘assembly and leisure premises’, and so now must remain closed.
Q, Can I continue to travel to care for my horse?
Horse welfare is critical and grooms or the sole carer for a horse should travel to provide care for horses. Where horses are kept in livery, the BHS advises that horse owners respect the protocol put in place by the yard owner or manager and work as a team to agree a care plan for your horse(s).
Q. Can I continue to ride my own horse?
We are getting a lot of questions in relation to riding your horse, for which there are no specific government guidelines at present. We advise that it is not appropriate to put unnecessary pressure on the emergency services and everyone should make their own individual decision as to whether riding is necessary at this time.
Q, Can I continue to visit my instructor or have an instructor visit my yard to continue with my lessons?
The BHS advises that in line with government advice, no unnecessary travel takes place during this time. That would include travelling your horse for a lesson, or having an instructor come to you for this purpose.
Q. Can my farrier still attend to my horse?
A. The British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association have advised their members, “Farriers provide a vital role in maintaining the welfare of many equines. It is our understanding that you may travel to work but please carefully consider if this is essential. Please adhere to the highest levels of biosecurity and be seen to be adhering to them. We encourage you all to consider very carefully your movements and what you class as being essential.”
Q. Is my horse at risk from COVID-19?
According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) the current spread of Covid-19 is a result of human-to-human transmission, and, to date, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.
Q. Does my club have insurance for the events we have had to cancel where costs have already been incurred?
A. You would only have insurance for your events if this is something that your club has arranged independently. Abandonment cover is costly, and BRC do insure some of the larger Championships, but this would not include your club activities. Also, abandonment cover is usually just for cancellation due to bad weather, and it does not cover cancelling because of disease.
Q. We had a venue booked for an event and had paid the deposit. They are not willing to give the deposit back. Is there anything we can do?
A. Do you have a contract with the venue which detailed cancellation costs? Sometimes, this would state a fee such as 50% to be paid if the event did not go ahead. It would certainly be a good idea to try to negotiate with the venue - perhaps they could keep a credit note for you to use in the future. We all need to try and work together to keep all our organisations going.
Q. What can we do instead to keep the momentum of the club going?
A. We would encourage committees to still meet virtually if possible. Keep planning for events after the 30 June as we would expect uptake to be high. Perhaps you could do a virtual quiz for members or judge some photo competitions or virtual awards. Take the time to write about your club and some recent activities and send that to us for publication in Rider. You could also think about taking some BHS Challenge Awards, members could use their time away from
competition to study for the awards. Encourage teams to set up WhatsApp groups, you can discuss training tips and generally cheer each other up!
Q. I am struggling to continue to care for my horse due to the current situation. What can I do?
The health and welfare of your horse is your priority. If you have any concerns please contact your vet, yard manager or the BHS and we will do our best to assist you. You can contact us via telephone on 02476 840517 (calls may be recorded for monitoring purposes) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What can I be doing to help minimise risk of spreading the Coronavirus?
Whilst use of antibacterial products on all equipment may help maintain cleanliness and support biosecurity, not all products will specifically combat spread of Coronavirus. Continue to follow recommended approaches such as below
• Wash your hands more often than usual. Wash for at least 20 seconds using soap and hot water. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or with your sleeve if you don't have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Immediately wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel
• Be prepared to self-isolate – plan how it will impact on your day-to-day requirements
• Plan ahead for your situation, which might include alternative care for your horse if you need to self-isolate
• Use health services wisely
• Stay up-to-date with trusted sources of information such as https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Q. Where can I find further information and support?
A. The BHS has further guidelines available here: https://www.bhs.org.uk/advice-and-information/coronavirus-covid-19
You will find advice for the following groups:
• Horse owners
• Yards, centres and schools
• Business owners
There is also a useful article on commonly asked questions on Horse & Hound here: https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/coronavirus-horse-riding-equestrian-businesses-grooms-riders-710146
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BRC coronavirus update 16:30 Tuesday 17 March 2020
We are understandably receiving a number of queries about the current situation regarding coronavirus and BRC events and activities. We share your frustrations and concerns and have taken time to listen to government advice, using it to make a decision on the next steps we should take within BRC.
After the government’s update yesterday eventing (Monday 16 March 2020), we are now able to issue the following updates:
1. We strongly recommend that no riding club activities of any nature should take place from midnight tonight, up to and including 30th June 2020. This decision has been taken to support the government’s most recent advice on social distancing, reducing pressures on the NHS and the care of vulnerable individuals.
2. We would encourage committee meetings to take place virtually if possible, to enable planning for future activities once restrictions are lifted.
3. In line with this advice, we regret to announce the cancellation of the following BRC championships:
a. SEIB Novice Winter Championships at Arena UK on 28 - 29 March 2020
b. HorseHage and Mollichaff Intermediate Winter Championships at Bury Farm on 24 – 26 April 2020
c. FibreBeet Festival of the Horse Championships at Aston-le-Walls on 30 – 31 May 2020
d. NAF Five Star Horse Trials Championships at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian on 7 - 9 August 2020
With the current 30 June restriction, the first three championships fall under the time frame as detailed above. Whilst the National Horse Trials Championships fall outside of this restriction period, we are mindful that it would leave a very short window in which to hold qualifiers. Various options have been explored with regards to the event format and entry requirements, however, due to the nature of the event, it has not been possible to find a safe and viable way forward.
All championship entries that have been processed for the above cancelled events will be refunded in accordance with our refund policy detailed in Rule G2.3, which is that a 75% refund will be issued. Although our stable bookings are non-refundable, we are aware that this is a very difficult time for our members, and so we have taken the decision to refund all stable bookings in full on this occasion. The team here at HQ will be working to process these as soon as practically possible, however, please do bear with us as this will undoubtedly take some time.
This is a very challenging time for us all and we know that you are understandably worried about the on-going care of your horses. The BHS will be updating their advice and guidance on the common issues we all now face with regards to our equestrian pursuits.
We are aware that the situation is constantly evolving, and we will issue regular communications to keep you informed of any further updates in line with government advice.
The BRC team and committee are extremely disappointed to lose these events as we enjoy running them as much as you all enjoy attending. However, in the current climate it’s important that we all take the responsible approach.
Welcome to the British Riding Clubs- Area 20 Website.
Britain is divided into 23 Areas for the purposes of BRC administration, with 440 Clubs & approx 34.000 members, extending from the Orkneys to the Channel Islands & Northern Ireland.
Area 20 covers North Wales, Cheshire, Shropshire &much of Staffordshire. There are 23 affiliated clubs & Centres with a total membership of Approx 2,000.
The Area committee consists of a Chairman, Secretary & Treasurer. The Area 20 Liaison committee holds meetings 3 to 4 times per year, attended by representatives of the affiliated Clubs, and supported by the Area Representative, to co-ordinate Area activities throughout the year. This includes the organisation of Qualifiers, provision of Subsidised Training to affiliated Clubs, by use of the Area training grant which the Area receives every year.
Although all Clubs affiliated to BRC are autonomous, the Area committee can provide support where problems occur within the Club structure.
There is a considerable amount of Safety & Administrative legislation these days, the Area disseminates information and advice from BRC HQ.
To find an Area 20 club in your vicinity, on the 'your local club' page, click on the link for details of who to contact, or use the ‘Contact us’ page, to seek advice from the Area.
Riding clubs cater for riders and horses of all abilities and experience. Whether you have a new young horse that needs to learn its job or an experienced horse that needs to be re-schooled or enjoy new experiences, your local riding club can provide the opportunities you seek.
For you, the rider, your riding club provides ready access to experienced and skilled local instructors and to national trainers at highly competitive rates. In addition you will find a ready welcome from a new group of friends and acquaintances with interests in common and access to people with the experience and skills to help you.
In addition to their own training clinics and workshops, riding clubs also have access to a national network of training and development opportunities provided by British Riding Clubs. Your membership of an affiliated club ensures that you have access to insurance, discounts and a whole host of other benefits. Why not join?
British Riding Clubs (BRC) exists to provide support and encouragement to amateur riders of all levels – from the dedicated competitor to the happy hacker.