Posted on June 2nd, 2020

Endurance GB issues roadmap to resume sport within COVID 19 guidelines

Endurance GB has announced plans to move towards resumption of the sport in England and Wales following the issuing of revised COVID 19 restrictions by the Government and British Equestrian.

The roadmap towards competitive activity agreed by Endurance GB prioritises the safety, health and well-being of the participants, ride officials and the local communities as being at the forefront of any decisions on resumption.

The phased resumption of activity begins from today with the announcement by British Equestrian that coaching of riders in groups of up to six (including the coach) may resume in England. Endurance GB Groups and Coaches will now be able to run small outdoor coaching and training events involving no more than six people in England where it is safe to do so.

As restrictions ease further over the coming weeks to allow events involving more than six people to take place, Endurance GB will look to resume small non-competitive rides of between 5km and 34km. Events will be fully risk assessed and will only take place if it is safe to do so and if all of the respective landowners are content with the event taking place. Competitive events will only be organised once it is clear that the processes in place for non-competitive events are working satisfactorily and that safe systems of work are in place for the additional officials that competitive events require.


Entries will only be accepted in advance of the events and attendees will need to complete a health screening form before arriving at the event.

Strict social distancing and additional hygiene measures will be in place at all venues with plans including;

– Staggered arrival and start times
– Two metre floor markings where queues may form
– One way systems at venues to eliminate bottlenecks
– Restrictions on the number of people who can ride together on the route
– Extra space for horsebox parking
– The provision of additional hand washing/sanitising facilities
– Reducing handling of equipment and paperwork
– Additional cleaning and hygiene measures in place in respect of toilets
– First aid provision to follow the NHS hygiene guidance in place at the time.
– Endurance GB will be issuing clear guidance to its local Groups and event organisers and will help them put in place the additional measures that they will need to apply.

The last phase of the roadmap to resuming the sport will see longer distance competitive rides reintroduced with ride organisers including at Kings Forest and the British Horse Feeds Red Dragon currently working on plans to hold events later this summer and in the autumn.

Unfortunately Dialstone, Birling Gap, Aram Grange, the War of the Roses ride and the Cirencester Inter-Regional Championships will not now take place. The organisers of Finchingfield, Wentwood and the Pegasus ride are all tentatively hopeful that they will be able to run pleasure rides in July, although Wentwood will not be an FEI ride this year. Endurance GB’s Leicestershire & Rutland, Northumberland & Tyneside and Derbyshire Groups are also cautiously optimistic that their planned pleasure rides for July may go ahead.

Esther Young, Operations Director of Endurance GB said: “Competitive events will only be given the green light once Government guidance allows them to take place, it is clear that the processes in place for non-competitive events are working satisfactorily and that safe systems of work, for instance at vet gates, are in place for the additional officials that competitive events require.

“We also have to be mindful that many of our officials and riders are currently among the more than one million people in this country who are shielding and this may temporarily impact on our ability to run larger scale events. The situation remains fluid and unpredictable and we will have to ensure sufficient flexibility in our plans to respond very quickly in the event of restrictions being re-imposed at any point.”

Phil Nunnerley, Chair of Endurance GB said: “We are all looking forward to resuming the sport and coming together as an organisation and we welcome the sensible and phased lifting of restrictions as we move towards a return to competition. I would like to thank all those on the board as well as our ride organisers and officials who are working so hard behind the scenes to put measures in place as well as safeguard the financial future of the sport. We must all be clear that while lockdown restrictions are being eased and everyone is looking for a swift return to normality, our priority as a sport must at this time remain ensuring that events will only go ahead when it is agreed that the required conditions to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid 19 can be met.”

Posted on May 31st, 2020

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Posted on May 28th, 2020

Local Horse Charity Goes Virtual Sunday 7th June

Ingatestone, Essex – Like many small charities, Remus Horse Sanctuary has had to cancel all of its fundraising efforts and events as a result of Covid-19. The Sanctuary is currently existing with a small, skeleton staff, who are required to look after and care for its 200+ animals.

Sue Burton, Founder of Remus Horse Sanctuary commented on the Prime Minister’s recent announcement: “If the PM had said another 3 weeks of lockdown then we could start to move forward. But instead, my understanding is it could be July before they will even think about the hospitality/visitor sectors being allowed to re-open. We could survive the three weeks, but I have real concerns about surviving another three months or more.

“Everything goes on here – hungry mouths need feeding, staff need paying, vet fees and other bills come in on a daily basis but still there is no hope from the Government at all. At the beginning of all this we were told we had to close, and people had to stay in, so instantly our events were cancelled and our means of raising money disabled.”

 To try and mitigate the huge financial loss, the charity is organising virtual Open Day’s – to be shared across its Facebook and Instagram platforms – until the Sanctuary can re-open to the public.

The next Virtual Open Day will take place on Sunday 7th June from 1pm until 5pm. “Instead of coming to us, we have decided to bring our Sanctuary Open Days to our supporters, by social media,” said Ms Burton.

Via video, the charity will be sharing messages from the humans that work at the Sanctuary and from its animals, with a little bit of history too. It will also have merchandise for sale, information on conservation, enrichment, a tour of the yard and much more!

Those interested in finding out more about how the Sanctuary is coping during this time and in joining one of its virtual Open Days, can visit: and Details of all of the charity’s Open Days can be found online at:

Ms Burton concluded, “These are very worrying times. Every week it feels like the screws tighten and the mountain to climb gets higher.”

Any help you can offer by way of donation, fundraising or otherwise would be very much appreciated. You can contact Sue Burton at the Sanctuary on tel: 01277 356191 or by email to

Posted on May 27th, 2020

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Posted on May 26th, 2020

Plea for help to find stolen Blue Cross pony

Blue Cross is appealing for help from the public to find stolen pony Basil

Basil was stolen from his loan home in Gloucestershire on the evening of Thursday 21 May.

Please help us make Basil too hot to handle. We really want him back home safe and sound with his borrower, who is absolute devastated as you can imagine.

Basil only has one eye. He is 10hh, piebald (black and white), is a gelding (neutered) with distinctive markings, and is microchipped.

If you see Basil, or have any information on his theft, please call Gloucestershire Police/Avon and Somerset Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 497.

Basil can be nervous, so if you think you see him please do not approach him but do call the police.

You can also contact Blue Cross on 07827 897255.

Let’s get this lovely boy home as soon as possible. Please share his photo and information as widely as you can.

Posted on May 20th, 2020

The Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials

Official statement from Organiser:

It is with great regret that we announce the cancellation of this year’s Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials, due to take place from 27th – 30th August.

We know that this will come as an enormous disappointment, not only to the many competitors, exhibitors, sponsors and spectators who were planning to attend the event, but also to us as organisers and hosts.

This is not a decision we have taken lightly. Land Rover Blair Castle International is an incredibly important event for the Scottish equestrian community and the local economy – but we need to prioritise the health and safety of everyone involved.

We explored numerous ways to keep various competition elements, but it is important to us to host an inclusive event, and it didn’t feel right to run without our spectators and trade exhibitors in attendance.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our event partners, especially Jaguar Land Rover who provides key support, facilitating us to bring together the special event that we run each August.

“It is with a heavy heart we announce the cancellation of the Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials 2020,” said Sarah Troughton, Head Trustee, Atholl Estates. “It was an unavoidable decision, taken with the safety of the local community, all the riders, and the many helpers and volunteers uppermost in our minds. The 2021 event will be all the more special, and we look forward to seeing you then.”

The Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trial will be back between 26th – 29th August 2021, so please put the dates in your diary now. We look forward to welcoming you again to the wonderful Highlands of Scotland.

Posted on May 20th, 2020

An Evening With Stallion AI Services – Webinar Thursday 21st May at 7pm

British Breeding are offering an exclusive opportunity to visit behind the scenes at Stallion AI Services in a live online webinar on Thursday 21st May at 7pm. The evening, sponsored by Spillers Horse Feeds, is free to join and will include a live guided tour and meet the stallions.

The presentation gives a unique insight into the hi-tech world of Stallion AI Services, a leading reproduction centre that has collected from over 1200 stallions and carried out over 20000 collections over the past two decades. Join Tullis Matson and his team for a live walk around his stallion barns and get up-close and personal with some of the country’s top stallions from all disciplines. Take a look inside the state-of-the-art laboratories and get a glimpse of the future in reproduction technologies and research to see how they can help us protect endangered species and safeguard genetic diversity.

Questions will be answered periodically throughout this informative webinar which is free to join.

The webinar will be held on Thursday 21st May, at 7pm.

You must pre-book to gain access to this free webinar.  To register, visit

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The webinar is the second in a series of informative and entertaining online programmes offered by British Breeding during this season of disruption to the normal events looked forward to by the equestrian world.  A recording of the event will be available to view on the British Breeding website later.

Posted on May 16th, 2020

Redwings Horse Sanctuary has launched a new online fundraiser for all pet owners as it announces the cancellation of its annual horse show due to the coronavirus outbreak

The Redwings Show, which has been held for over 10 years, was due to take place at its new home of Trinity Park, near Ipswich, on Sunday 12th July.

While the charity was originally hoping to be able to postpone the Show to a date later in the year, with the ongoing lockdown restrictions and the need for social distancing for the foreseeable future, it has been decided that it would not be safe to continue with the event this year in the usual format.

However, the new Redwings Show Online will not just allow horse owners who had hoped to compete a chance to enjoy the Show from home, but will offer fun classes for all pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and even tortoises – all are welcome! There will also be rosettes up for grabs.

Entries are open from now until Sunday 31st May with a minimum donation of £3 per class, which will go towards Redwings’ Coronavirus Appeal to support the charity in the care of its 1,500 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules at this challenging time.

SEIB Insurance Brokers, who were kindly sponsoring this year’s Redwings Show, have generously donated £5,000 to the appeal following the event’s cancellation.

Redwings Show Online organiser, Jude Palmer, said: “Whilst we’re very disappointed not to be able to go ahead with the Redwings Show in its usual guise, we’re excited to be offering all our supporters a chance to experience the fun of the Show from their own home.

“This year, for the first time, we were due to host a Dog Show alongside our usual horse classes, so inspired by this we’ve created online classes for all pets so even more people can get involved. We really hope it will raise a smile!

“As a charity 100% funded by donations, all the money raised from the Redwings Show Online will help ensure we can continue to give our rescued residents all the specialist care they need at this very difficult time.”

The Redwings Show Online offers a variety of fun classes, including Best Veteran, Best Rescue and Best Condition in the horse classes, Most Dashing Dog, Golden Oldie and Waggiest Tail in the dog classes, and Best Working From Home Buddy, Best Selfie and Owner Who Looks Most Like Their Pet in the general pet classes – there’s simply something for everyone!

And if you don’t have a pet, there’s still a chance to take part! There are special Gymkhana In Your Garden classes offering the young – and young at heart – the chance to create their own gymkhana games using household objects from their home or garden. These classes will be judged on the inventiveness of the set-ups and the style in which participants complete their novel obstacle courses.

To take part, Redwings is asking for a minimum donation of £3 per class and all photo and video submissions must be sent to by Sunday 31st May. All winners will be announced the week beginning Monday 1st June.

For more information and to see a full list of classes, visit

Posted on May 15th, 2020

BEF COVID-19 update 15/05/20

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) issued further guidance on 13th May regarding outdoor facilities, as a follow-on from the government’s revised policy on exercise. This advice permits venues that provide outdoor sports and physical activities to reopen. At present, this applies to facilities in England, but we’re expecting an update from Wales shortly. The guidance for Scotland and Northern Ireland remains unchanged.

For the equestrian industry, this includes riding centres, training facilities and venues, cross-country courses, farm rides and the like. Those involved with the facilities should feel adequately prepared to reopen and be confident that they can do so safely for their participants and staff.

Requirements for opening include:

• Any activity should fully align with government guidance regarding public health, social distancing and hygiene

• All attendees can maintain the social distancing standard of two metres

• Good hygiene practice is implemented throughout opening, including hand washing facilities and/or hand sanitizer stations, and regular cleaning

• Anyone involved who is symptomatic or suspects they have been exposed to the virus does not take part and remains at home.

• Participants should be individuals, members of the same household, or two from different households with social distancing at all times. Any coaching activity must be on a one-to-one basis.

• Organisations/venues should publish an action plan detailing their plans to re-open safely and how they’re managing risk

• Organisations/venues should be flexible and able to quickly adapt to any changes in government guidelines

• Car/lorry parking should be conducted to allow adequate social distancing

• Booking and payment should be done online or over the phone to reduce contact

• Indoor areas should remain closed except for access to outdoor facilities and/or toilets. Food and drink outlets should only operate on a take-away basis. It’s our understanding that indoor schools should remain closed.

• Participants should make use of facilities individually, with members of their own household or with one person from an additional household, provided that social distancing is maintained. This could be a coach, trainer or additional participant.

Horses can be transported to venues freely, but anyone involved in helping with the travelling must be from the same household only. This also applies when travelling by car. Where participants are under-18, a parent or guardian may be present for one to one training sessions for safeguarding purposes, but must adhere to social distancing and hygiene requirements. Read more on the government’s guidance for the public on returning to outdoor sport and recreation.

British Equestrian advises any operators looking to open their premises to read the full guidance available:

GOV.UK – guidance for providers of outdoor facilities

Sport & Recreation Alliance facilities guidance

Sport England facilities guidance