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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

16
SEP
Part-time work rider required

Part time capable and reliable work rider required at our small friendly NH yard. Racing experience not essential but must be able and confident to ride fit racehorses.

Mornings only and may include some weekend work. Please contact us on 01832 461196 or email with details of your experience to [email protected]

15
SEP
Change of Dressage Test all Novice classes N112

***IMPORTANT***

BE Horse Trials

Change of Dressage test for all Novice classes - now N112 (2010)

23
JUN
Arena XC closes for schooling on 29th June

The arena XC will close for schooling from Monday 29th June. Last chance to book this week. The cross country fences will be transferred from the arena out onto grass. All bookings for the show jumping arena, gallop and cross country course must be made online from the website www.pontispool.com

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

12
MAY
ARENA AND GALLOP OPEN FOR SCHOOLING


Following clarification of the Government plan to ease the lockdown
restrictions, we will, as of Wednesday, May 13, reopen some of our
facilities.

As a provider of outdoor sports facilities we are permitted to open our
premises for facility hire, however we are not yet permitted to run
residential camps, clinics or competitions.

Initially the gallop and arena will be open. Arena 1 is for flatwork and
show jumping and Arena 2 is currently set up with cross country fences from
75-100cm including water, banks and ditches. Bookings can only be made and
paid for using our online system at www.pontispool.com. 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.

All being well we will aim to open the cross country course on grass within
the next two weeks whilst limiting the number of people at any one time

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


We are following the updated government advice, the relevant information
taken from the www.gov website Q&A ‘what you can and can’t do’
(www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do)
being as follows:

1.3 you can only participate alone, with members of your own household or
with one other person from outside your household while practising social
distancing. You should take particular care whilst using toilets.
1.4 public gatherings of more than two people from different households are
prohibited by law.
1.7 you can travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance

The South West has currently the lowest number of cases and deaths from
coronavirus to any other region so help us keep it that way.

Please obey the following instructions whilst visiting our premises

1 Do NOT visit the office.
2 Observe social distancing rules at all times and park vehicles with this
in mind
3 Bring you own water for washing off etc.
4 Stables, cabins and the cafe are out of bounds
5 Avoid over challenging yourself or your horse. Respect the NHS.

We look forward to seeing you (from a distance!)

Statement from BEF published 12/05/20:

https://www.britishequestrian.org.uk/news/british-equestrian-s-stance-on-riding-and-coaching-reviewed

20
APR
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

We hope you are all coping with lockdown, learning new skills such as teaching or bread and cake making if you can find any flour!

Sadly, but inevitably, our May BE Horse Trials has been cancelled. Following the extended lockdown period and in discussion with BE we felt that it would not be possible to run the event within expected timescales.

Our May Residential Camp has also been cancelled but a rescheduled date in August has been earmarked and hopefully many of you will be able to switch to the new date.

Strange times indeed for everyone but we trust you are keeping well and look forward to seeing you when restrictions are lifted and we can all get going again.

Stay safe

Richard, Lucy & Charlotte

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