Updated 17 May 2021
The lockdown in Northern Ireland had been extended and, while the government has provided a roadmap for easing restrictions, the next changes are planned for 24 May. On this page, we've tried to compile some of the key stakeholder questions to help you understand what the current situation means for you and your horse.
You may travel to meet the care and exercise requirements of your horse, but journeys should be kept to a minimum where possible.
Horses may be ridden for exercise purposes. You may take part in structured activities with your horse in groups of up to 15 people. including coaches. For informal activity, such as hacking, the limit is ten people from two households. Public indoor facilities are
You may meet outdoors in groups of up to 10 people, including children, from no more than two households. In a non-domestic indoor setting, up to six people from a maximum of two households may meet.
Farriers, vets, dentists, physiotherapists and other equine practitioners can continue to operate, provided that they have COVID protocols and risk assessments in place to maintain safe working conditions.
Coaching may take place within the permitted numbers, meaning that a coach can teach groups of up to nine from one other household because coach is one household. Structured outdoor training must be organised by an NGB/affiliated club or individual and take place in groups of up to 14 plus the coach.
Sadly, riding centres must remain closed during this time.
Competitions resumed in mid-May.