30 Mar 2020

Official Statement Regarding a Complaint

Statement issued Monday 30th March 2020.

On Friday the ABRS received a serious complaint concerning one of their accredited riding establishments.

Jane Williams, ABRS Chair said, “The welfare of the horses, the safeguarding of clients and the workforce are at the heart of the ABRS. This matter has been taken extremely seriously and an official complaints procedure has been actioned.

We can confirm that other local public authorities are also investigating this matter.

In order to obtain a riding school licence each establishment must be inspected on an annual basis. The premises in question, were inspected by the local authority earlier this month, with both the local authority and veterinary surgeon attending.

A spokesperson from the local authority said, “Based on the outcome from the licensing inspection including a veterinary report an instruction has been given to issue a licence.  If there were serious issues raised in the report, the instruction to issue a licence would not have been made.”

Due to the sensitive nature of this issue we will not be answering any other questions at this time.