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 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.