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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 regarding the care of our horses just now. Remember your vet, farrier and livery yard owner will have their own protocols which should be respected at all times.

Some FAQ's:

Q. What should I do if my horse is due a vaccination in the next few months and will any lapse of vaccinations affect me entering BRC events later in the year?  During this unprecedented time it is really important to follow the advice given by your vet. In respect of future BRC qualifiers and Championships, please rest assured that we will be understanding of any issues with regard to six monthly boosters not being given and 12 month boosters that may have been given later than they should have been due to vets cancelling routine appointments at this time. We will issue a further clarity as the situation develops. 

Q. Can I continue to travel to care for my horse? 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).

Q. Can I continue to ride my own horse? We are getting a lot of questions in relation to riding your horse, for which there are no specific government guidelines at present. We advise that it is not appropriate to put unnecessary pressure on the emergency services and everyone should make their own individual decision as to whether riding is necessary at this time.

Q, Can I continue to visit my instructor or have an instructor visit my yard to continue with my lessons? The BHS advises that in line with government advice, no unnecessary travel takes place during this time. That would include travelling your horse for a lesson, or having an instructor come to you for this purpose.

Q. Can my farrier still attend to my horse? A. The British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association have advised their members, “Farriers provide a vital role in maintaining the welfare of many equines. It is our understanding that you may travel to work but please carefully consider if this is essential. Please adhere to the highest levels of biosecurity and be seen to be adhering to them. We encourage you all to consider very carefully your movements and what you class as being essential.”

Q. Is my horse at risk from COVID-19? According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) the current spread of Covid-19 is a result of human-to-human transmission, and, to date, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread the disease. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare.

Q. Does my club have insurance for the events we have had to cancel where costs have already been incurred? You would only have insurance for your events if this is something that your club has arranged independently. Abandonment cover is costly, and BRC do insure some of the larger Championships, but this would not include your club activities. Also, abandonment cover is usually just for cancellation due to bad weather, and it does not cover cancelling because of disease.

Q. I am struggling to continue to care for my horse due to the current situation. What can I do? 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 welfare@bhs.org.uk.

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 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Q. Where can I find further information and support? A. The BHS has further guidelines available here: https://www.bhs.org.uk/advice-and-information/coronavirus-covid-19 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: https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/coronavirus-horse-riding-equestrian-businesses-grooms-riders-710146 

"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 welfare@bhs.org.uk."  

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. 

Admin:
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 


WELCOME TO THE
SOUTH LAMMERMUIR RIDING CLUB

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!)

 
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