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The latest information for the COVID-19 restrictions around the UK for equestrians

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Please note, while the guidance is current at the point of publication, it may quickly be superseded following further government updates, or changes to the situation.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

The recent changes to social gatherings

Where recent changes have taken place limiting people meeting in a social gathering, it should be noted that organised sport activity and coaching are still exempt and can continue to take place under the current restrictions. Therefore, please follow the relevant links to read information regarding group sizes which are permitted in BHS and BRC events, providing the appropriate risk assessments and controls are put in place. This applies to any competitive or training activities. However, for any activities which are not directly competitive or training opportunities, i.e. committee meetings, alternative plans should be put in place to run these virtually wherever possible. 

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Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey

These guidelines must be read in collaboration with your own government guidance at the time. This may alter some of the guidance, i.e. numbers allowed to meet in groups or distance for permitted travel.

Local Lockdowns / Restrictions

With local lockdowns increasing across the country, please note that no BHS and BRC activities are permitted within a local lockdown area where sporting activities are prohibited, or where travel restrictions are in place, until these are lifted by the government. If local restrictions prevent people from entering or leaving an area without a reasonable need, then leisure and sporting activities are not usually permitted. Please ensure you check your local council restrictions carefully and follow them accordingly.

Organisers have a responsibility to not accept entries from members who live in areas with mandatory travel restrictions. However, it remains the responsibility of the individual to ensure that they check the latest situation in the area they are living in, or travelling to, and ensure that they comply with all requirements.

First Aid Qualifications

In line with a recent HSE announcement, the deadline for requalifying if you have a volunteer first aider with either an Emergency First Aid or First Aid at Work certificate, has been extended. For all BHS and British Riding Clubs activities, these certificates that expired after 16 March 2020 can remain valid until 31 October 2020 or 6 months from the date of expiry, whichever is later. All requalification training for these certificates should be completed by 31 March 2021. Find out more here.


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


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