12 Feb 2021

Funding Challenges for Scottish Riding Schools

The Horse and Hound featured an article this week on the challenges Scottish riding schools and trekking centres are facing during the third lockdown. Desperate businesses have spoken out about the struggle to meet horse care costs against the backdrop of business restrictions and the lack of financial support.

ABRS chairman Jane Williams told H&H the situation for riding schools is “pretty grim”.

“Some will come out the other side, but with less assets, cash gone, some will have had loans that then have to be paid for,” she said. “In the past year, many have only had five months’ trading, and it’s a low-margin business anyway.

We need to redouble our efforts, and if people are worried, they need to write to their MPs about it,” she said. “We recognise there are scarce resources to go round, and the Government is in a difficult position, but this will damage the industry. Hopefully we can get as many riding schools through this as possible.”

H&H Plus members can read the article HERE.

The ABRS have written to Scottish ministers about business resumption and continue to raise awareness and campaign for increased funding.