Our COVID-19 Protocol and Welcome Statement

Our COVID-19 Protocol and Welcome Statement

Following the latest Scottish Government update and the BHS Statements.  Lindores Equestrian re-opened on 1st June 2020, 8am-8pm, 7 days. As of 12th June it is lifting its restrictions and will now allow 2 households to train at the same time.

Our policy is continually under review and subject to change.  You must read and understand this before booking and arriving.

Booking is now simpler and instant online. No booking charges. No Disclaimer Forms. We are proud to be a paperless and cashless venue.

Facility HireAs of 1st June 2020
HackingOpen Book Online
Outdoor Arena with Optional Show JumpsOpen Book Online
Cross Country HireOpen Book Online
Working Hunter Jumps on GrassOpen Book Online
Parking Area (incl new overflow parking)Open
ToiletsOpen
StablingOpen 15th July
Luxury Lodge StaysOpen 15th July
BunkroomOpens 15th July
Campsite PitchesOpens 15th July
The Bothy Open 15th July
ReceptionOpen 15th July
Tuck ShopOpen 15th July

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Please at all times continue to practice Government recommendations on social distancing.   

PARKING

We have built a new hardstanding overflow car park below the working hunter grass paddock. Please ensure you park minimum 5 metres apart. There is now plenty of space to allow for this.

HACKING

  • Welcomes 2 households at a time, must travel separately
  • Please limit walkers on foot to 1 per household
  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • Hourly time slots available
  • Use hand sanitizer provided at every closed gateway
  • If you need to pass anyone on the ride, you must stop and pull over to one side
  • Text Anna on 07736 044 058 when you have started and finished your hack with the message ‘FULL NAME – STARTING HACK’ and at the end ‘FULL NAME – ENDING HACK’

OUTDOOR ARENA & WORKING HUNTER PADDOCK FACILITIES

  • Welcomes 2 households at a time, must travel separately
  • Please limit people on foot to 1 per household
  • One qualified coach or instructor are welcome to coach one household
  • Hourly time slots must be adhered too and give time to exit the arena in advance of next rider
  • Use hand sanitizers provided on entry and exit
  • Please wear gloves prior to touching equipment (cups, wings, poles, poo picking kit)

CROSS COUNTRY

  • Welcomes 2 households at a time
  • One accompanying person must be on foot or horseback (please limit people on foot to 1 per household)
  • Hourly time slots must be adhered too
  • Use hand sanitizer provided at every closed gateway
  • Get excited about this one…We’ve extended the water complex during lockdown by a third. It now offers more jumping options in and out!!!
  • A lot of ground maintenance work was undertaken during lockdown to improve our facility. There is now an open ditch marked with stone boulders that crosses parts of the course to improve water management during wet seasons. The ditch with boulders must not be jumped. Please use the crossing points.
  • Back protectors must be worn in line with British Regulations
  • One qualified coach or instructor can coach one household

HORSE VACCINATIONS

12 months. Don’t forget you must carry a passport to travel a horse.

RIDING

Wear up to standard safety equipment. Skull cap and back protector in line with British Regulations is mandatory when jumping on the cross country course.  Use your own equipment for horse and rider. Respect the views and opinions of other members. Maintain social distancing at all times. Ride within your capabilities and current horse and rider fitness levels.

INSTRUCTORS & COACHES

One qualified coach or instructor may be allowed to coach. Qualified instructors must have their own public liability and must adhere to our Covid-19 Protocol.

TRAVELLING DISTANCES

We ask that you make your own judgement on the latest government guidelines around travelling local distances. Make every effort to avoid using any public services on route to and from our facility. Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister clarified travel guidance in a letter on 11th June to our local MSP. Nicola Sturgeon wrote ‘In rural areas what can reasonably be considered to be the local area may be wider than a 5 mile radius. This is one of the reasons why at this stage we have not placed a specific distance in law. The guidance is advisory.’ Read full letter on travel guidance here.

BOOKING

NEW ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM IS EASY AND QUICK. Check availability, book and pay with our new online booking system. Riders no longer have to sign a Disclaimer form at reception on arrival. The Disclaimer is part of the online booking process. YAY! The person booking online accepts liability for all named riders and should share the Terms and Conditions with their group in advance of training so everyone know the rules. Instructors are welcome to book facilities using the new online system as well. If you experience any difficulty with our new booking system please tell us! We’ll sort it quickly for you.

YOUR BOOKED TIME

Arrive 15 minutes in advance of your start time. You should at the top of the cross country course for start time. Try and not linger after training if you see more people parking. If you are running late please let Anna know in advance on 07736 044 058.

PAYMENT

Payment for facility hire is now all online via our website. Pay by credit or debit card. Our venue is now cashless. 

TOILET

Will be cleaned 2 times per day. Please ONLY use these facilities if absolutely necessary.

IF YOU FALL AND NEED ASSISTANCE

Call Anna on 07736044058 and someone in PPE will come to you. In the event of a bad accident contact emergency services immediately. Location details on facility gates.

IN SUMMARY

We are delighted to be opening again and hope these guidelines make you feel safe and you are protected when visiting our facility

You must respect social distancing at all times

If we see people not adhering to social distancing, we have the right to ask you to leave 

Do not travel if you have symptoms of Covid-19

Do not travel if you have been with someone diagnosed in the last 14 days

Adhere to the signage on site

Use the hand sanitizers available at every gateway

We will be more changes so check our latest Covid-19 Protocol information on day of booking

Call Anna if you have any questions, we’re still very happy to help and very friendly!

Riders Minds Mental Health Support

Riders Minds Mental Health Support

Riders Minds Launch Online Mental Health Support

Mental Health Awareness Week, 18-24 May 2020, sees the launch of Riders Minds. A bespoke, comprehensive, online resource dedicated to supporting and improving the mental health of horse riders, across all levels.

Founded by 5* event rider Matthew Wright and his wife Victoria.  Matthew has openly shared his own mental ill health struggles.

Matthew said, “The objective of Riders Minds is to remove the stigma of speaking out by increasing mental health awareness, understanding, and confidence amongst all riders. Its helpful from grassroots riders through to professional riders.

“Having been in a few dark places myself in the past we wanted to give the wider equestrian community somewhere to get help and someone to talk to. By raising the profile of mental health and well-being people will realise they are not alone and that it is okay not to be okay.”

Free Confidential Helpline, 24/7

Helpline: 0300 102 1540

In addition to equipping individuals with skills for good mental health and managing life’s ups and downs.  Riders Minds also offers a free confidential helpline available 24 hours a day, sponsored by TheraPlate.

BGA – Riders Minds
Caunton Manor Equestrian. Credit Sophie Harris/ SEH Photography

Riders Minds has been generously sponsored by TheraPlate, Baileys Horse Feeds, Bates Saddles, The British Grooms Association, The Equestrian Employers Association and Caunton Mannor Stud.

The project is supported by British Equestrian and recognised by British Dressage, British Showjumping, British Eventing, the British Horse Society, the Pony Club and Horsescotland.

For more information to get support go to ridersminds.org

#RidersMinds

#Youarenotalone

 

Notes:
Mental Health Awareness Week takes place 18-24 May 2020. More information can be found at www.mentalhealth.org.uk. Riders Minds is a signatory of the Sports and Recreation Alliance Mental Health Charter. In order to sign up to the charter the SLA ask their signatories to produce an action plan to demonstrate how they are using the power of sport to end the stigma around mental health.

Coronovirus Update 23.3.20

Coronovirus Update 23.3.20

Lindores Equestrian 23.3.20

Due to the coronavirus situation and to eliminate any risk of adding pressure to the NHS.  It is with sadness that as of Monday 23rd March 2020 Lindores Equestrian will temporarily close access to any horse or rider physically wanting to hire the facilities for training, holidays, camps or clinics on site.

We shall provide digital training going forward.  Lindores Equestrian are unclear when their stable doors will open again but are contacting all our equestrian bookings up until the end of May offering the opportunity to reschedule. We don’t know whether we will be open in June we will provide an update nearer the time based on government advice.

Lindores will continue to provide first class equestrian training but are looking at virtual solutions. To do this properly a bit of time is required.  But Lindores hope to work with the incredible list of accredited instructors and hosts to deliver what customers want and need. So complete the form below to be part of The Lindores Digital Movement.

Lindores Equestrian have been following the British Horse Society and British Equestrian Federation for guidance since the outbreak however the family feel it is their moral and social duty to stop any horse riding or unnecessary travel to the award winning venue with immediate effect.

Some equestrian training centres in Scotland will continue to operate because there has not been an outright ban on horse riding but Anna the manager of Lindores Equestrian stated,

“We want to do our bit to reduce the coronavirus spreading, we want to limit the pressure on the NHS and we do not want to be in a position where a rider injures themselves on our premises and they are unable to get the medical care they require.  We love our customers, employees and family and we want to make every effort to protect them.”

What does this mean for camps and training booked in March, April and May 2020?

We shall be contacting bookings directly and offer rescheduled training dates from August 2020 until year end. There is availability to reschedule clinics and private hire training from June to year end.

Lindores Equestrian want to remain part of peoples training and development.  Our digital solutions will hopefully go someway to providing information, help and advice for you and your horse.

We’re offering free digital sessions if you enter a virtual training idea below, which we then deliver at Lindores Equestrian.   We will let you enjoy it for free when its up and running.

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Design a Fence 2020 WINNER

Design a Fence 2020 WINNER

THE WINNER OF THE

LINDORES EQUESTRIAN

DESIGN A FENCE COMPETITION 2020

 

Polly Quaile Designed A Whale!

Congratulations to Polly Quaile aged 14 who is the 2020 winner!

The judges at Lindores Equestrian were overwhelmed with all the design entries for this years competition.  We have to congratulate everyone who made the effort to create and send in such impressive designs.  The standard of concepts are getting better and better every year which is making choosing one winner harder and harder for Lindores Equestrian.

Why did the Whale win?

The judges loved Polly’s design for a number of reasons.  The concept with ‘no more plastic’ grafitti’d on a whale is extremely important message to save the beautiful planet we live in. We’ve never seen a jump design like it and we’re 100% behind what it says!  The design has a very safe and forgiving profile for a training facility like Lindores. The design also has three jumping heights that can be wide enough to comply with British Eventing standards. The whale concept very cleverly allows for the 50cm height to be in the middle which we also loved for training.

Who came close second?

Competitions don’t normally tell everyone who came second – but this year we wanted to share a design that gave us the biggest laugh.  We liaised closely with our British Eventing Course Builder on this design but sadly it just didn’t tick as many boxes as The Whale.  So well done to Caroline Wilson and Frances Ferguson with their ‘Brave Pants and Posh Pants’ design.  Inspired by the Equiteam Confidence Camps that are hosted here at Lindores. ‘Brave Pants’ was a strong re-occuring theme that clearly means a lot to many riders. Well done everyone!

Greta Thunberg inspires Polly Quaile

Polly Quaile the winner of this years competition is a member of Strathblane Pony Club and has a 15.1hh Irish Sportshorse called Noah.  Polly learnt to ride in her local riding school from age 4 but she is also a keen sailor. She often sails with her dad on the west coast.  She said she feels strongly about plastic pollution and she see’s plastic on the beaches and it makes her sad.  At the time of this competition Greta Thunberg was sailing across the Atlantic and after a bit of research Polly realised there was no whale cross country jump in existence. Polly said,

‘I want to make a change and just like Greta I want to raise awareness of plastic pollution.  This idea was a nice way to do it’

When Equestrian Manager Anna Black announced to Polly that she was this years winner Anna asked if there was anything the equestrian industry could do to help tackle plastic pollution and she raised a very clear point. Polly said:

I think it’s the small things, the industry could think about recycling feed tubs and doing their bit.

We both hope that this jump at Lindores Equestrian will help raise awareness and generate idea’s on how the equestrian industry could reduce plastic pollution.

What’s Next?

The whale design is incredibly large scale and and it requires a 6metre long tree that is 1 metre wide.  A huge amount of resource and effort was taken to find the perfect tree. The team at Lindores sustainably sourced a tree from the local town, Cupar.  We will be telling the story of the tree and its journey to becoming a whale in future blogs.

The Whale will be carved and painted over the coming weeks by our British Eventing course builder.   We will invite the winner of the competition to open the fence and be the first rider to jump it.  After that, everyone is welcome to jump ‘The Whale’ at Lindores Equestrian training venue in Fife which opens 1st March 2020 and is open 7 days a week during daylight hours.

Until then, stay connected – and think about what you could do to reduce plastic pollution!

Top Christmas Gifts for the Equestrian

Top Christmas Gifts for the Equestrian

Top Christmas gift ideas for the equestrian who has everything

We’ve all got that one friend or partner who has everything or is just really hard to buy Christmas gifts for. So we’ve compiled a list of Christmas gifts to shorten your search time and still make them smile!

  1. A horsey or dog photoshoot – Who doesn’t love having photos of their precious four legged friend to hang on the walls at home and enjoy all year.  If you’re looking for a special package have a look at Suzanne Black Photography, who is based here at Lindores. Suzanne often has some cracking Christmas gift offers on her Facebook page.  https://www.suzanneblackphotography.co.uk/pet-portraits/
  2. Tickets for an event – HOYS, Olympia, Badminton, Blair, RHS the list is endless. There are so many fantastic equestrian events out there to choose from.  You’ll benefit from early bird prices if you book them now!
  3. Subscription to a magazine – there is nothing a horse addict loves more than sitting down with a cuppa, some biscuits and a good horsey mag.
  4. Massage/beauty treatments – Let’s be honest horse owners often spend a lot of time and money pampering their horses, and forget about themselves.
  5. SOCKS – you can never go wrong with socks.
  6. A weekend away – escape from the stresses of life and enjoy 5 star ultimate luxury for couples.  Book a 2 night break in The Arches – one of the most popular cottage breaks in the UK. Don’t forget to check the equine events schedule before you book, you don’t want to clash with an important outing.  https://www.lindores.co.uk/the-arches/
  7. Gift vouchers for their favourite training venue – Lindores Equestrian Vouchers are the perfect gift because they are so flexible. They can be used anytime in 2020 towards hiring our award winning cross country course, arena, working hunter jumps on grass, campsite, bunkroom and stables.  Buy your voucher today –  https://www.lindoresxc.co.uk/gift-vouchers/

 

8.  If you’re looking for an extra special Christmas package then contact us for bespoke Lindores – Stay Ride    Relax horse holiday package for 2020. Read this old blog for inspiration…

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