Latest update from Horsescotland

May 22nd, 2020
Horsescotland has issued the following update

Following the Scottish Government announcing its road map out of the COVID-19 crisis, we have compiled a few reminders about changes we may see within the equestrian sector as we move forward to Phase One.  Please note that it is highly unlikely that that all aspects of change through Phase One will be implemented on or around next Thursday, 28th May.  Further Government confirmation is awaited.  Please use this period to assess your own situation, taking responsibility for your own actions and judgements, and to plan for the changes we hope to see during Phase One.  Your responsible actions and undertakings are hugely important in enabling a clear forward path.

***SOCIAL DISTANCING OF AT LEAST 2M AND APPROPRIATE HYGIENE MEASURES APPLY IN ALL SITUATIONS***
Riders/ Drivers
  • You can ride or drive as often as you wish.
  • You can do this alone, with members of your own household or with one person from outside your household.
  • You can travel locally to exercise your horse.
  • Please give the usual consideration to other users of the countryside and the environment – please tidy up after yourself and remove droppings wherever possible.
  • Riding or travelling on public roads during peak travel times should be avoided if possible.
  • Horse and participant should only use their own equipment. If Equipment has to be shared or handled, it should be disinfected.
Coaches/Coaching
  • Coaches may travel to undertake work.
  • Coaching may only be undertaken outdoors.
  • A risk assessment and full discussion on adopted protocols should be carried out prior to arrival – sample risk assessments should be available for coaches from your National Body, including BHS.
  • Coaching can be carried out with members of your household, or one other person – on an individual basis.
  • Where third party premises are utilised, prior agreement should be sought from the facility owner.
  • Travel should be local and peak travel times avoided.
  • You should not attend a coaching session if you are showing Coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household is self-isolating.
  • Coaches that are in any doubt should seek clarification from their insurance provider.
  • Horse and participant should only use their own equipment.  If Equipment has to be shared or handled, it should be disinfected.
Venues – Outdoor
  • You can use/hire outdoor riding or driving facilities with members of your household, or one other person – on an individual basis.
  • You must accept all protocols adopted by the venue provider and satisfy yourself that these are appropriate.
  • Venue providers must fully risk assess the provision of their facilities (and any ancillary facilities provided) and adopt appropriate protocols to minimise risk to any visitor – sample risk assessments should be available for coaches from your National Body, including BHS.
  • You should not use venues if you are showing Coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating.
  • Horse and participant should only use their own equipment. If Equipment has to be shared or handled, it should be disinfected.
Venues – Indoor
  • Indoor facilities must remain closed.
  • This includes toilets and café facilities that might be located next to an outdoor facility.
Riding Schools – outdoor facilities
  • May re-open for sessions with members of the same household, or one other person (individual sessions).
  • You must accept all protocols adopted by the venue provider and satisfy yourself that these are appropriate.
  • Venue providers must fully risk assess the provision of their facilities (and any ancillary facilities provided) and adopt appropriate protocols to minimise risk to any visitor – sample risk assessments should be available for coaches from your National Body, including BHS.
  • You should not use venues if you are showing Coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household is self-isolating.
  • Horse and participant should only use their own equipment. If Equipment has to be shared or handled, it should be disinfected.
Riding Schools – indoor facilities
  • Indoor facilities must remain closed.
  • This includes toilets and café facilities that might be located next to an outdoor facility.
Other Equine Professionals
  • Other equine professionals can attend your horse.
  • A risk assessment and full discussion on adopted protocols should be carried out prior to arrival – sample risk assessments should be available for Professionals from your National Body, including BETA.
  • Where third party premises are utilised, prior agreement should be sought from the facility owner.
  • Travel should be local and avoid peak travel times.
  • Any professional support network member that is in any doubt should seek clarification from their insurance provider or registered body.
  • Horse and participant/ handler should only use their own equipment. If Equipment has to be shared or handled, it should be disinfected.
Fiona Rawson, Education and Development Manager, Horsescotland

SCDA 2020 AGM and event dates posted

Dates are now posted on the events listing page.

Julie Camm, the Para-driving chef d’equipe is the guest speaker at our AGM which will be held on Saturday February 15th, starting at 10.30am, at Blair Drummond Village Hall.  The Omnibus will be available at the meeting, and will be published on the website asap.

SCDA members, stewards and helpers are all invited to the AGM, and to join us for lunch in the hall.  Also, we’d welcome RDA group representatives, and anyone else who may be interested in joining para training to hear what Julie has to say and learn more about this wonderful aspect of carriage driving.

New SCDA training dates announced – online booking form available!

New training clinics have been announced for the period November 2019 – April 2020.  Jan de Boer lessons will be held at Townfoot, Dolphinton, courtesy of Gerald and Margo Smith.  Carol Boswell lessons will be held at The Pines, Symington, Biggar, courtesy of Janet and Owen Pilling.

Click here for more details and an online booking form.  The dates have also been added to the event listings page

National Championships 2019 roundup

There were mixed fortunes for Scottish competitors at the 2019 National Championships held at the beautiful Bywell Hall Estate near Corbridge, Northumberland.

Hamish Reid became the National Champion in the Intermediate Horse class – fantastic result – well done Hamish!

Louise Kaiholm driving Ruth Martin’s Storm took the title of Open Single Pony National Champion, winning both the dressage and the cones phases of the competition.  Susie Don was Reserve Champion – well done to both of them too!

In the Advanced Single Horse class, Ian Bertram was Reserve Champion, with Carol Boswell in 3rd place.  It was a close thing – only 0.76 points between them!!

Margo Smith had a great championship.  First in dressage and first in cones in the Horse Tandem class! However John Wilkinson’s faster time in the marathon phase dropped Margo to second place overall – but that’s still the Reserve Champion.  Well done Margo!

Bex March looked set to do well in the Advanced Single Pony class.  She was first in dressage on Friday and on Saturday was flying through the first four obstacles when disaster struck.  The end of one of the carriage shafts sheared in the middle of obstacle 4, and sadly that was the end of the marathon for Bex and Jamie.  All three of them were ok, and just to make up for it on Sunday, Bex drove a text-book double clear to win the cones.

Bex wasn’t the only competitor with a carriage problem – SCDA member Rosie Mould also had to retire in the Marathon phase.

Sanchia May had a great start to the competition, coming first in the dressage phase in the Pony Tandem class.  Unfortunately mistakes in the cones phase proved costly and she finished in 4th place overall.

Pam MacArthur and Pat Watson were placed 3rd and 4th respectively in the Novice Pony class, with Sam Fawcett finishing in 7th place.  Sam had a superb marathon – 3rd in the class was a great result driving Janet Pilling’s Kappi.  Pat was presented with a special award on Saturday evening as the “Most sympathetic Novice driver” – a fantastic achievement.

Patsy Muir-Simpson finished 3rd in the Intermediate Pony class.

In the Open Single Horse class, Jane Isaac took first place in dressage.  However, although she posted fast times in the marathon, an error of course in obstacle 5 meant elimination.  Gordon Watson finished 7th in the same class.

The most unfortunate incident of the day during Saturday’s marathon was a tip-up for Mary Kusin in the pony fours.  Having finished second in the dressage, Mary was well placed going into the marathon.  However, in obstacle five, the carriage clipped one of the posts, and despite Mary, Callum and Mandy’s best efforts, the carriage turned over.  Somehow, Mary managed to hang on to the ponies long enough for Callum and Mandy to get to their heads and a very swift response from spectators and stewards meant that the ponies were held in the obstacle, safe and unharmed.  However, Mary sustained a hip fracture and was transferred to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary where she has undergone surgery.  The good news is that the surgery has been a success and Mary is now up and walking, albeit with the aid of a zimmer!  Thanks to everyone who has been sending Mary messages of support and good wishes – they have all been very much appreciated.

For a full set of results – go to the BC website or click here.

Thanks to the Scottish contingent helping out as organizers, stewards and volunteers – Patti and Keith are very grateful for all the help they received to make the event such a success.

Thanks also to the sponsors of obstacles and prizes: Sanchia May (Riding and Harness Stuff), John and Ruth Martin (Halspan/Paddockhall Cottages), Gerald and Margo Smith (Pentonbridge Inn), Suzi Law (Topspec).