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Updated statement to Approved Centres and Accredited Professional Coaches | 21/03/2020

21 Mar 2020



Please note, while the guidance is current at the point of publication, it may quickly be superseded following further government updates, or changes to the situation. Please bear with us while we make these changes.

We apologise that we have to update our advice from the statement made yesterday, Friday 20th, and for the disruption this may have caused in these very difficult times.

The British Horse Society has been following the daily updates from the Government regarding guidance to protect people during the Covid-19 outbreak. Last night we issued a statement which we now want to update following further clarification in respect to outdoor activities and riding lessons.

We have listened to feedback from our Approved Centres and APC. We have not asked our Approved Centres to close. The BHS advises that Approved Centre activity and freelance coaching by APC is able to continue with the following considerations:

  • Any client or members of staff showing symptoms of the Covid-19 virus or in the vulnerable category should stay at home (guidelines in our FAQ’s)
  • Centre staff and clients should follow high levels of hygiene (guidelines in our FAQ’s)
  • Lesson plans should be adapted to comply with social distancing guidance
  • We suggest smaller groups and individual lessons
  • Lessons can continue, but content should be adapted to minimise risk, for example adapt from jump to flat lesson

This is a uniquely difficult time for all of us but with safe measures in place the ability to ride and be with our equine partners provides an outdoor activity with known physical and mental health benefits.

We will continue to monitor the position closely as Government guidance is changing, and our BHS advice will change accordingly.

Please be assured that we are all committed to supporting all of our members, centres, coaches and the wider equestrian community.


Please read our information and advice for horse owners and business owners during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak


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