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The British Horse Society (BHS) latest statement on Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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Please note, while the guidance is current at the point of publication, it may quickly be superseded following further government updates, or changes to the situation.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

*UPDATED 24 March 2020*

  • BHS cancels local events until the end of June 2020
  • BHS sets up Coronavirus (Covid-19) online hub to help the equestrian community

The British Horse Society (BHS) has been providing members, stakeholders and the wider equestrian community with up to date information and advice about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to provide much needed support. The BHS has set up a dedicated online hub with advice and regular updates as the situations continues to evolve. Visit the Coronavirus hub here.

The BHS has cancelled or postponed all BHS local events and gatherings, BHS Assessments CPD activity, Safeguarding and First aid courses until the end of June 2020. Details of all the cancellations can be found on the Out and About page along with details of the large equestrian events which are now also announcing cancellations.

The Government’s directive as of 20:30 on Monday, 23rd March is for everyone to stay at home unless travel is absolutely necessary.

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).

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.

Visit the BHS online hub here for regular updates as the situation continues to evolve


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


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