Following the release of the Return To Recreational Team Sport Framework by DCMS – designed to minimise the COVID-19 transmission risk while taking part in recreational team sport and enable participants to make an informed decision about their own risk – British Equestrian has worked with four of its member bodies whose disciplines are considered to be team sports to prepare an action plan for each discipline. This action plan will sit alongside the guidance contained within the Return To Recreational Team Sport Framework, which must also be implemented by organisers.
The Return to Equestrian Team Sports Action Plan details a standard approach to event management for equestrian team sports, including team training and competitions. The steps outlined will be implemented by event organisers alongside existing government social distancing guidelines.
Each discipline has prepared a risk assessment and identified areas to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 via droplet transmission and fomite transmission, and to reduce the number of people involved in the vicinity of the field of play to inform modifications to the activity and /or rules of the game as required. For clarity, The Pony Club – who deliver activity covering all of these disciplines – have been involved in the preparation of this action plan and their policy is to always follow the member body guidance for each discipline.