We are encouraging our members and the wider equestrian community in England, Scotland and Wales to resume riding whilst maintaining social distancing and staying alert to control the virus. This is with immediate effect in Scotland and Wales (please check your nation’s advice) and with effect from Wednesday 13th May in England. Northern Ireland will remain in lock-down and riding is not advised.
The UK Government amended the COVID-19 lock-down restrictions for England as of Wednesday 13th May and, today, has produced its COVID-19 Recovery Strategy which provides further information and guidance which includes advice on:
• Taking unlimited outdoor exercise with members of your household • Meeting up or taking exercise with one person maximum from outside your household in an outdoor setting whilst maintaining social distancing • Returning to work if you cannot work from home
We have prepared some BRC specific guidance on how best to adopt this guidance for BRC activities, both now and in the future. However, we have been made aware that Sport England will be producing equestrian specific guidance within the next 48 hours and as such we have decided to review this information before we release our guidance to ensure that we are aligned with Sport England, the BHS and the BEF Member Bodies.
We anticipate our guidance will be shared with you all later this week. To be clear, this message to resume riding is focused on individual members; there is no change to BRC organised activities at this time, but we will be reviewing this and issuing further advice shortly.
During the Covid-19 lockdown, many of us have had to turn our horses away, take shoes off, or adjusted our riding schedules and management routines, resulting in our horses losing a level of fitness, and quite likely an increase in weight.