In my role as PR and Marketing Director, I have been building on relationships with equestrian publications to not only spread the word of the ABRS+ memberships but also as part of the ABRS+ mission to educate riders and horse owners of all ages as to what to look for when choosing a riding establishment or livery yrad. The more our high standards become the norm the better for all concerned!

We now have a regular column in the bi-monthly Absolute Horse magazine on a range of topics relating to our members and their riders. The first was about the adaptation of our centres due to the Covid pandemic. More details here

We have also had a great introductory article published in Everything Horse about the changes to the ABRS+, the development of our member services and memberships and the positive way in which we have been able to help our members through the pandemic. You can read about that here

All of our media appearances are posted to the ABRS+ News page, and also shared to our Facebook page. If you have an idea for something to be included in one of our articles, then please get in touch office@abrs-info.org

Myself and ABRS+ Coaching Coordinator Debbie Maclean attended a meeting with First4Sport this week on improving the course delivery for the Certificate in Equestrian Coaching (CIEC) qualifications. This is something that the ABRS+ has offered for some time, but has become increasingly difficult delivering face-to-face courses since the Covid pandemic arrived. It is hoped that this refresher will enable to restart of regular courses across the UK.

If you’d like more information on any upcoming courses, the CIEC training or any other aspect of professional development, please see our Education section or contact the office office@abrs-info.org

Following the feedback from members in our recent member survey, one of the highlighted issues was the difficulty faced by members and the ABRS+ team to support our members as much as we would like to face to face due to the COVID restrictions. As a member-led association, our community is hugely important to us. Especially in recent times, we need our members to feel supported and promoted on all levels.

We are currently developing an updated website to make the resources clearer, and the website easier to use. Within this, we will be adding lots of member-led content for our members to share their news, for the ABRS+ trustees and directors to share what we are up to in the background, and for you to see the work put in to promoting and supporting our members. Whilst face-to-face communication, training and approvals have been hard since spring 2020, we are still working hard in the background to support you all!

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