Supporting our Members
As a member dedicated association, the ABRS+ spend a great deal of time and resources on campaigning for riding schools and livery yards.
No better example is made than during the Covid-19 pandemic where the ABRS+ have been undertaking a huge campaign to update, inform and support their member yards with regards to clarification of guidelines, government support and financial assistance.
Below are some of the recent campaigns and actions undertaken by the ABRS+ on behalf of its members:
Fundraising to Save Failing Riding Schools
In an attempt to support desperate riding schools survive the most recent lockdown, the ABRS+ set up a Go Fund Me fundraising page to help raise funds to support riding schools in need to survive as best as possible until lockdown restrictions are lifted.
ABRS Campaigning in the Media
The ABRS+ have been campaigning hard behalf of members during recent lockdown restrictions to highlight the difficulties faces by equestrian establishments; Since the start of 2021, The ABRS+ have featured on BBC Television and Radio and in print in Your Horse, Horse & Rider and Hound and Your Horse. We are working to raise awareness of the financial difficulties Riding Schools in particular face and campaigning for increased support from the Government.
Riding School Support during Covid-19 Restrictions:
As part of the ABRS campaign for increased support for riding schools and a change in restrictions to allow them to trade, Jane Williams (ABRS Chair) wrote to the Prime Minister and her local MP – Jeremy Quin. This included subsequent acknowledgment from the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) and DEFRA confirming the available support.
Covid-19 Resources from the ABRS+:
The ABRS are pleased to be able to provide a range of resources to help our members and non-members exit lockdown safely and ensure the continued safety of their staff, clients and volunteers. As equestrian businesses enter the transition phase it is important for centres and yards to reassure clients that their facilities are a safe place to visit and that the correct measures and protocols are in place.
Our ABRS accredited Certificated E-Learning Course on Safe Working Practices and Exiting Lockdown for you and your staff. The online e-learning course is designed for equestrian centre owners and their staff to ensure that they are fully prepared and feel confident in the transition phase.
The Covid-19 Risk Assessment is specifically created for exiting lockdown to enable you to plan how you can run your riding centres whilst minimising risks of infection for clients and staff.