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30
DEC
COVID-19 RULES UPDATE


UP-DATE 31/12/20: we are now in tier 4. The gallop and arena cross country remain open. All
Other facilities including toilets, office, cafe and stable yard are closed. You may attend with members of your own household or meet up with one other person from a different household providing you maintain social distancing. All bookings must be made in advance online. Please arrive and leave within 20 minutes of your start and finish times.

Please adhere to our COVID-19 RULES whilst using our facilities for schooling:

·Please park as directed by signage on the day.

·All vehicles are to be parked 10m apart.

·People to keep 2m apart where possible and limit contact with other people.

·No horses are to be left tied to a vehicle unattended.

·Please clear up droppings in the lorry park and take muck home

·Entry is not permitted to the stable yard, cabin, toilets and café areas.

·You must bring your own water from home for horses to drink and to wash off.

·Disclaimers are not required as you have agreed to our T&Cs as part of your online booking.

·Dogs to be kept on leads at all times.

·Bookings are restricted to individuals or up to 3 persons from the same household or you can meet up with one person from a different household providing you maintain social distancing.

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

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

·The toilets are closed.

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

·If you feel unwell STAY AT HOME.

·All PERSONS ATTENDING must be stated on the booking form UNDER COMMENTS.

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


Please ride sensibly, STAY SAFE and protect the NHS

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

23
DEC
Office closure over Christmas period

The Pontispool Office will be closed from 2.30 pm on Wednesday 23rd December and will re-open at 9.30 am on Monday 4th January.

Telephone messages and e-mails will be dealt with on Wednesday 30th December.

If you have an urgent matter, please contact us on 07899 994420.

Bookings for arena xc schooling, gallop hire, camps and clinics need to be made online from the website.

Thank you to everyone who supports Pontispool. We would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing you all in 2021.

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.

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