Monday, 09 November 2020
We understand how frustrating and conflicting some of the advice has been regarding the legislation for the current lockdown in England. Please be assured that the British Horse Society (BHS) and British Equestrian (on behalf of their Member Bodies) are continuing to work on gaining further clarity regarding what this means for our equestrian stakeholders. Late on Friday afternoon, Sport England relayed information to us that had been provided by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) regarding the opening and use of equestrian facilities. However, over the weekend, we have raised concerns regarding the implication on horse welfare should riding schools be required to closed. We have asked Defra, via the British Horse Council, to clarify with DCMS that riding schools should remain open to maintain horse welfare, which includes care and exercise of all horses, and that this exercise may need to be supervised.
The areas which we are seeking clarity on are:
Currently, providing COVID-19 protocols and social-distancing are maintained, we know that:
It has been confirmed that you can't:
All advice and guidance is subject to change as and when government issues further details. This advice will be updated when further details are issued. While this is British Equestrian and the BHS' interpretation and advice, we strongly recommend that you consult with both your insurance provider and local authority to help make the right decisions for your businesses and circumstances.