Update 18/05/20

??????Phased return of lessons week commencing Monday 1st June. As guided by BHS, RDA and government guidelines.??????

Washington riding centre are pleased to announce that we can welcome clients back on a limited basis. In order to protect our clients and staff, safety measures have been put in place. We will initially re-open for 2 evenings and a Saturday morning. These sessions will run with the 9 remaining school horses. They have all been in regular exercise during the lockdown and are fit and ready for lessons.
The following risk assessed approach will be strictly followed :-

* All riders MUST be current clients of the centre and MUST be able to walk, trot and canter independently.

* Be able to mount, adjust stirrups, check girth and dismount independently.

* One to one 1/2 hour private lessons only / semi 1/2 hour privates with 2 people from same household.

* Only 1 spectator per lesson permitted / 2 parents from the same household.

* Clients are asked not to arrive any earlier than 10 minutes prior lesson time and depart after lesson.

* Stables, indoor school and building areas off limits.

* Lessons will run in outdoor school, to stay in line with government guidelines and correct social distancing.

* We ask parent / spectator to watch lesson from their car or at the picnic area.

* Your horse will be ready for you upon arrival in the outdoor school. All tack will have been disinfected and you will be asked to use sanitizer provided.

* All clients MUST wear their own gloves, riding hat and riding boots.

* No jumping or hacking.

* All lessons must be paid in advance over the telephone.

* 24 hour cancellation policy still applies, if under this time there's a 50% charge.

* Do not attend if you or anyone in your household is showing symptoms of covid 19.

By reading this and booking a lesson, you have agreed to the terms and conditions in place. These conditions will be revised weekly and we will make everyone aware of any changes.

We hope that everyone understands this approach is being taken to follow government guidelines and we apologise that not all of our clients will be able to return riding at this time.
We are thrilled that we can at least accommodate some riders back and thank you for all your patience.

To book call the centre on 0191 4162745. Our instructor Emma, will get back to you in due course to allocate you a slot.

Thank you ??

Update 25/03/20

Since the announcement on Monday 23rd March by the government, Washington Riding Centre is now closed for business.
Please continue to support the centre in any way you can by sending donations to keep our horses fit and healthy for their return to work.
We will keep everyone updated on our wonderful horses and ponies. Keep an eye on here or our Facebook page.

 Update 21/03/20

Update for clients at WRC. We are open for business for private lessons and small group lessons, but there will be no jumping in sessions. We are following guidelines set by BHS and have procedures in place to keep everyone safe

BHS UPDATED STATEMENT to Approved Centres and Accredited Professional Coaches, Saturday 21ST March 2020

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's. We have not asked our Approved Centres to close. The BHS advises that Approved Centre activity and freelance coaching by APCs 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.