Coronavirus Pandemic 

A message your committee:

Regrettably we have to cancel all SLRC activities until further notice. The reason behind this is that in accordance with the government's advice, organised sports activities are non-essential. Therefore, we should be reducing travel and social interaction for non-essential activities and not adding extra pressure on the emergency services, should an accident occur.

These are uncertain times for everyone, as horse owners we have added responsibilities. Please see below some information from BRC/BHS website. Remember your vet, farrier and livery yard owner will have their own protocols which should be respected at all times.

Current Situation in Scotland

Scotland is still in lockdown, however, the outdoor advice in Scotland  from May 10th allows unlimited exercise locally from home alone or with members of your household.

  • Horse Riding has never been banned in Scotland it has always been a case of individual choice and circumstances, many owners have chosen to keep riding at home throughout the pandemic.

  • BHS Scotland takes the view that as you are permitted to travel to your livery yard to care for your horse, part of that care could be exercise for both you and your horses health and as the yard is the horses’ home you reasonably could exercise (ride the horse) locally or in the arena.

  • Travelling of horses by road for riding purposes is still not essential travel – essential travel for equines is only for welfare and veterinary issues.

  • BHS is acutely aware of the need to protect the NHS, so horse riders who do choose to ride should be extra mindful of safety. Riding should be restricted to flatwork and ground pole work.

  • Police Scotland have generally agreed that horse riding is considered one of people’s daily exercise, BHS is aware of police situations across Scotland where police have stopped riders , checked they are local and complying with social distancing and said “enjoy your ride”

Hacking for exercise should be local and low key and must be compliant with Scottish access legislation.


The rules have been relaxed in England from 13th May - click here for details

Q. What can I be doing to help minimise risk of spreading the Coronavirus? Whilst use of antibacterial products on all equipment may help maintain cleanliness and support biosecurity, not all products will specifically combat spread of Coronavirus. Continue to follow recommended approaches such as below • Wash your hands more often than usual. Wash for at least 20 seconds using soap and hot water. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or with your sleeve if you don't have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Immediately wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel • Be prepared to self-isolate – plan how it will impact on your day-to-day requirements • Plan ahead for your situation, which might include alternative care for your horse if you need to self-isolate • Use health services wisely • Stay up-to-date with trusted sources of information such as

Q. Where can I find further information and support? A. The BHS has further guidelines available here: You will find advice for the following groups: • Horse owners • Yards, centres and schools • Business owners There is also a useful article on commonly asked questions on Horse & Hound here: 

"Horse welfare is critical and grooms or the sole carer for a horse should travel to provide care for horses. Where horses are kept in livery the BHS advises that horse owners respect the protocol put in place by the yard owner or manager and work as a team to agree a care plan for your horse(s).

There are no specific government guidelines for the question around whether we should still be out riding at present. Our strong advice is that it is not appropriate to put unnecessary pressure on the emergency services now or for the foreseeable future. It is incumbent on all of us to make an individual decision as to whether riding is necessary at all, at this time. Decisions can only be taken based on individual circumstances but our choices should always be mindful of the potential impact for ourselves and others.

The health and welfare of your horse is your priority. If you have any concerns please contact your vet, yard manager or the BHS and we will do our best to assist you. You can contact us via telephone on 02476 840517 (calls may be recorded for monitoring purposes) or email us at"  

Please note, while the guidance is current at the point of publication, it may quickly be superseded following further government updates, or changes to the situation.

Non-members may, by agreement, participate in our events. You must contact the organiser in good time and say you are not a member, you may come to a maximum of two events and then you must join. Two points to note - firstly you will have to pay £5 more than the stated price and you must have your own third party liability insurance cover. 

Cheques must be made payable to "South Lammermuir Riding Club", not SLRC, the bank is getting very particular about this. We welcome BACS payments, please use your surname and date of event as a reference and also email Treasurer Liz Ward  to let her know how much you have sent and what it is for, thank you.

Jenny Christie on Bellindene Rhuaridh

Chairman Doreen Calder BEM

We are delighted to read in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2018 that Doreen has been awarded a BEM. She has spent many years devoting her spare time to help numerous worthy causes, mainly, but not restricted to, Equestrianism. Berwickshire Pony Club, Point to Point, Duns Castle Cross Country Event and the South Lammermuir Riding Club (to name but a few) would not be where they all are today without her unfailing generosity. True to form she was off to help Area 1 SJ team on the weekend of the announcement. Very well deserved Doreen!


New Clothing Range - we have a selection of clothing available to order 


The club is run by a small committee of volunteers. Our chairperson is always hugely generous, giving a huge amount of her own time to the club, not to mention the use of the facilities at Marigold. Photo is of Doreen as we all see her - getting Marigold ready for the rest of us to go out and enjoy our horses.
The committee members are in office for three years and new members are elected at the AGM in October. We are always looking for new people to come forward with fresh ideas (and strong arms for lifting jumps!)


2018 created by South Lammermuir Riding Club

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