| WHAT IS THE ABRS+ AND WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN?
The ABRS+ is the British Association of Riding Schools, Livery Yards and Equestrian Centres.
The ABRS, was founded in 1954 and runs Britain’s longest-established riding school scheme. In 2023, the ABRS+ added a new scheme for equestrians who are aiming to set up their own Council Licenced Riding School but have yet to apply for a licence from the Local Authority or Council. The aim of the new scheme is to give access to the wide range of resources and advice on Council Licencing that is available to members through the ABRS+ website and from ABRS+ advisors. On of the key challenges facing an equestrian setting up a Riding School is answering the question ‘what do I need to do?’; the ABRS+ can help answer this question with pragmatic advice, guidance and ready-to-use policies, plans and forms.
The ABRS is an association run by yard owners, equestrian professionals or directors who have a passion for the equestrian industry and who understand issues faced by proprietors of equestrian establishments. We understand the challenges that running and owning a riding school can bring. We want to help make the Council Licensing of a new riding school as straightforward as possible. Longer-term and once you have your riding school up and running, we would hope that you would wish to convert your Flying Start membership to an Approved Riding School membership, and access the full benefits that being an ABRS+ member can bring.