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2
DEC
OFFICE OPENING HOURS

The Pontispool Office will only be open on Mondays & Fridays from 9.30 am - 2.30 pm until further notice. The phone will be manned and all queries dealt with on these days. E-mails will continue to be checked periodically. Thank you for your understanding at this time.

27
NOV
RE-OPENING ARENA XC AND GALLOP FROM 2ND DECEMBER

Pontispool Equine Sports Centre will re-open the gallop and arena cross country course on Wednesday 2nd December. From this date we will be in Tier 2. COVID 19 biosecurity guidance will be published shortly.

Arena XC hire is currently available for individual bookings but you can book up to 3 people into the session providing you adhere to the ‘rule of six’ and follow Government guidelines.

Please see statement from BHS:

https://www.bhs.org.uk/our-charity/press-centre/news/2020/november/england-covid-tier-261120?fbclid=IwAR0XLvjuGjM2SvIFhpMqImM9nx__TtUEG9B7vWylJT47zCmPdzC9x0DRYyY

7
NOV
OUR PREMISES ARE CLOSED

Further to our initial understanding of the government restrictions during national lockdown the BEF has issued this statement. Our facilities will therefore remain closed until further notice.

5
NOV
LOCKDOWN: WE ARE OPEN FOR SCHOOLING

After looking at all the Government restrictions regarding the lockdown, our interpretation of the most recent guidelines for business during the second national lockdown is that we can provide space for individuals and your horse to take exercise during this period, therefore, the arena xc and gallop are available for hire. The office, accommodation, stabling, toilets and cafe will remain closed. We have undertaken a Covid-19 risk assessment and the following protocols must be adhered to:

1.Bookings must be made online in advance.

2.Bookings are restricted to individuals or up to 3 persons from the same household. Bookings must not be made for a third party.

3.A maximum of two people (mounted or on foot) are permitted in the arena or on the gallop at any one time unless they are all from the same household.

4.One to one instruction is permitted but there may be no group instruction.

5.Park a minimum of 10 metres apart.

6.Bring your own water.

7.Arrive and depart within 20 minutes of your start and finish time.

8.Strictly no access to office, stables, water taps or toilets.

9.Social distance at all times.

10. Use hand sanitiser (provided) or gloves (your own) prior to touching gate handles and poo pickers.

11. If you feel unwell STAY AT HOME.

12. All PERSONS ATTENDING must be stated on the booking form UNDER SPECIAL

REQUESTS.

13. Please ride sensibly, STAY SAFE and protect the NHS

We reserve the right to expel (without a refund) anyone failing to comply with these protocols.

Links:

Public Health England legislation:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1200/pdfs/uksi_20201200_en.pdf?fb

clid=IwAR0flRjUrCheGFViYDxNOorms7Z0Z_1mPVe8plmqkSOuNZ3HotGwXWkSiUY

Government Lockdown Restrictions:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

4
NOV
LOCKDOWN UPDATE 5TH NOVEMBER - 2ND DECEMBER

The BHS are working collaboratively with both the British Horse Council and British Equestrian to gain the best position for equestrians and have been consulting with government over the last few days but have not issued specific guidance as it continues to significantly change. They are also in contact with Sport England, Defra and DCMS. Whilst the new National Restrictions for England have been updated, we are waiting for confirmation of the final legislation before issuing a statement. We are hopeful, that following today’s vote in parliament, that we will receive final clarification later this afternoon or early tomorrow. We will then issue a further statement regarding the use of our facilities.

As a precaution, all facilities will be closed for schooling tomorrow (Thursday 5th). All those with bookings from Friday onwards will be contacted as soon as we can advise the situation.

Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.

13
OCT
COVID-19 RULES

In line with government advice, please adhere to the following procedures:

1/ Bookings are made online and the office remains closed to visitors

2/ If you need to visit the office, a face mask must be worn

3/ Toilet numbers are restricted so that they can be kept regularly cleaned and disinfected

4/ The arena gate and handles on skips and wheelbarrow are regularly disinfected

5/ All vehicles are to be parked a minimum of 10m apart

6/ Clients are advised of the current government legislation and to follow their advice on hand washing etc.

7/ No horses are to be left tied to a vehicle unattended

8/ Dogs to be kept on leads at all times

9/ Bring your own water as the stable yard, cabins and café areas remain closed

2
JUN
COVID-19 UPDATE

As from 1st June groups of up to six people from different households may meet up as long as social distancing rules are observed. This allows us to run clinics and rallies for a maximum of 5 people with one trainer.

Andrew Lovell’s clinic on Sunday has a few places left. See here for details… http://www.pontispool.co.uk/riding-clinics/

The government advice can be found here:

Groups of up to six from different households may exercise together click here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/groups-of-up-to-six-from-different-households-can-exercise-outside-under-new-rules?utm_source=f3c5392c-9b8d-4372-9c9d-e2f48a041b85&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

Guidance for the public on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation in England click here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-phased-return-of-outdoor-sport-and-recreation

Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance click here https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-guidance

Housekeeping

In line with government advice we are implementing the following procedures

1/ Bookings are made online and the office remains closed to visitors

2/ Toilet numbers are restricted so that they can be kept regularly cleaned and disinfected

3/ The arena gate and handles on skips and wheelbarrow are regularly disinfected

4/ All vehicles are to be parked a minimum of 10m apart

5/ Clients are advised of the current government legislation and to follow their advice on hand washing etc.

6/ No horses are to be left tied to a vehicle unattended

7/ Dogs to be kept on leads at all times

8/ Bring your own water as the stable yard cabins and café areas remain closed

Arena Cross Country

This has proved very popular and will remain in place until we resume residential camps.

Residential camps

It appears from Government advice that staying away from home will not be permitted until 4th July at the earliest. Once we have definitive guidance we will be contacting all clients and organisers to confirm bookings and advise on how to implement the government requirements.

Competitions

We are taking guidance and are in consultation with the various governing bodies as to how we will be able to run competitions within government guidelines. This is ongoing and we will inform everyone when we can be more specific

Hay, straw and haylage

Due to the incredibly dry and hot period we have experienced winter forage could be short this year. In addition to our popular large bales we are making a limited number of small bales for collection or local delivery (minimum order) Please contact Richard on 07899994420 for further information.

After a long period of closure it has been great to see our facilities being used again and we very much appreciate your support and feedback. Once we know when we can restart the camps and competitions we look forward to having Charlotte back in the office. In the meantime please be patient if your query is not answered immediately.

We all look forward to a more normal life soon so please remember that should you or a member of your household show any of the coronavirus symptoms, stay at home.

Stay safe.

Richard Mitford-Slade

26
MAY
PLEASE PICK UP DROPPINGS IN LORRY PARK

Whilst it’s lovely to see everyone please could you make sure that you pick up your horses droppings and hay debris from the lorry park and do not muck out your lorries/trailers into the lorry park.

We appreciate your co-operation.

18
MAY
SOCIAL DISTANCING SHOULD BE PRACTICED AT ALL TIMES

In England only, riders are permitted to travel their horses to a venue for individual lessons or to hire outdoor training facilities. During this time, they may only meet with one other person from outside their household, for example, their coach or another participant, however social distancing should be practiced at all times. Those travelling together to any venue must be from the same household.

18
MAY
CROSS COUNTRY COURSE ON GRASS OPEN FOR SCHOOLING

Under covid-19 restrictions riders are currently permitted to travel their horses to a venue for individual lessons or to hire outdoor training facilities. During this time, they may only meet with one other person from outside their household, for example, their coach or another participant, however social distancing should be practiced at all times. Those travelling together to any venue must be from the same household.

Bookings must be made online in advance to arrival and numbers onsite will be restricted at any one time. Please remember that the system will not accept bookings if being made within an hour of arrival time. Changes and cancellations will not be processed by the system within 24hrs of arrival time. Initially there will be no need to provide a signed disclaimer as this will be covered when you make the booking by agreeing to our Terms and Conditions.

The office will not be manned and therefore not open to visitors to the site. If you need to speak to someone please contact the mobile 07899994420.

It is absolutely imperative that every person visiting Pontispool Equine Sports Centre adheres to the social distancing requirements as per the government quidelines which can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

In addition to the social distancing rules please refer to our terms and conditions and observe the following:

·Park vehicles a minimum of 10 metres apart

·No horses to be left tied to a vehicle unattended

·PROVIDE YOUR OWN WATER (to avoid cross contamination of taps), AS ACCESS TO THE STABLE YARDS, CABINS AND CAFE IS NOT PERMITTED.

·DOGS MUST BE KEPT ON A LEAD AT ALL TIMES.

·Ride within your horses and your own capability. Respect the NHS

We look forward to seeing you from a distance

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