The ABRS+ ensures that all of our members are verified as offering professional and responsible services, with the welfare of their equines, and the safety of their clients at their forefront. We are aware that there are others in equitation that are offering riding services that do not meet the high standards demanded by the ABRS+ of our members.
You may use the Report below to advise the ABRS+ of a person or riding establishment that is operating without a Council Licence. A Council Licence is required if a person or business hires out horses for riding and/or instruction in riding. This could include:
- Riding schools
- Loan horses
- Hunter hirelings
- Pony and donkey rides
- Polo instruction
- Pony parties where the ponies are ridden
Equestrian coaches do not require a Council Licence where they are coaching a person who is riding their own horse – a licence is required only where the rider is hiring a horse as a part of the service.
Before reporting, please check whether the person or business has a Council Licence. It should be clearly displayed at the licenced location and detailed on their website if the person or business is offering the riding service through a website. The Local Authorities also often published the list of licenced riding schools on their website. We do not accept malicious or vexatious reports.
The ABRS+ has no legal power to investigate reports but we will forward reports to the relevant Local Authority who do have the power to investigate and, if necessary, prosecute.