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.
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
12 months. Don’t forget you must carry a passport to travel a horse.
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.
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.
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 for facility hire is now all online via our website. Pay by credit or debit card. Our venue is now cashless.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
With the BEu100 Championships at Frickley Park now an exciting memory forever etched in the brains of all those young athletes who represented their country, we wanted to find out more about some of the support crew.
The role of supporting Mums and Dads covers everything from groom to mentor to transporter and of course financial support. When we interviewed a selection of the BEu18 Scotland Team it was apparent how they all cited a parent as their biggest supporters.
We were keen to get a parents perspective and so we took a few minutes with super Mum Emma Bryce to find out more.
Please introduce yourself and your daughter
My name is Emma and my daughter is Ellie. Ellie is on the Lindores Equestrian sponsored BEu100 Scotland Team.
Do you come from a horsey-background yourself and has this been a help or a hindrance?
I had a pony when I was younger but my parents weren’t horsey in the slightest. I bred my own foal in 1999 Macrana.
How has riding influenced Ellie as she is growing up?
Ellie has been riding since before she could walk so as a result spends every free moment she has with them. When she fell in love with eventing she took in two liveries to fund it, getting up at 5am every day to ride and muck out before school.
As a parent what have you invested into Ellie achieving her goals?
Mainly time as after buying her first pony she has saved and purchased her subsequent ones.
How did you feel when Ellie got selected for the BEu18 Scottish Team?
Exceptionally proud, she had worked so hard to achieve her goal of representing Scotland and had many setbacks along the way but always picked herself up, dusted herself off and tried again.
As a parent which phase of eventing to you enjoy the most and why?
Cross country I think as it’s wonderful to watch but heart racing at the same time.
Which is your least favourite part?
Dressage as it’s the phase Ellie always feels she could have done better. It’s also the phase I can’t watch!
Since Ellie has been eventing what have you learnt?
To be patient, never give advice to her at an event and how lovely and supportive all the other parents are.
What advice would you give to other parents with a son/daughter interested in taking up eventing more seriously?
Make sure you have an understanding other half as weekends are rarely spent at home!
Does Ellie have any supporters who need a mention?
Two years ago Ellie was approached by Jim Spiers from Advanced Roller Doors (EK) to be a brand ambassador who has been an amazing support ever since and more recently by A2B Equestrian, who are a riding safety centre, and ensure Ellie is well kitted.
Find out more…
If you haven’t watched our fun video with some of the BEu18 team you can watch it here.
Or if, like many of the BEu18 team you’d like to come and train at Lindores Equestrian you can.
Photograph: Front from left: Brooke Walker, Iona Landale, Emma Walker (Team Captain). Middle from left: Kelly Grant, Pollyanna Smith. Back from left Roan Grant, Laura Patterson.
About the British Eventing Scotland u18 Team
A selection of the ‘local’ British Eventing under 18 Scottish Team visited their sponsor Lindores Equestrian just one week ahead of the National U18 Championships at Frickley Park.
What an awesome bunch they are! With the youngest rider in the team at 14 years old. The team at Lindores were blown away by their confidence, positive mind-set and extensive training calendar!
It’s nice to get to know the team that are representing our nation. But alongside our fun Q&A’s video clip above there is of course a more serious side which has involved working and training hard to get the results needed to be selected.
From the horses mouth
Each rider and horse qualified under the British Eventing Youth Programme and we couldn’t be prouder of the hard work and dedication they have shown. said Anna Black, Manager at Lindores Equestrian.
Many of the riders have trained over the cross country fences at Lindores.
“I did cross country on Heaven for the very first time at Lindores. I remember getting so much confidence apart from I couldn’t get him over the classic Lindores jump in the water! Thankfully that didn’t last long!”
said Kelly Grant, who aged 15, is representing Scotland with Heaven for the first time in the 100 team.
Kelly Grant riding Heaven
Roan Grant, groom for Wills Oakden, is also making his debut appearance on the 100 team riding Caballo Rojo (stable name Will) and said:
“I’m really excited about being part of the team and I’m most looking forward to the cross country. It’s been really nice to come and meet other team members tonight.”
While the cross country is the phase that the team seem unanimously most excited about, the team are divided as to whether they are more apprehensive about the dressage phase, or the show jumping phase.
“I’m most looking forward to seeing all of my friends and getting to have another crack at 2* cross country”
“However I am slightly worried for the show jumping as I find Millie [who is 14.2hh] struggles with the horse distances. Being selected for the team means a lot and is made even more special by the fact we are competing for our country.” said Ruth Farnsworth
Local rider Jemima Cross is no stranger to Lindores Equestrian and she is also making her Scottish Team debut, saying
“I am looking forward to representing Scotland at the Championships and being part of a great time. I am most apprehensive about letting Patrick [Village Crescendo] down.”
Jemima Cross riding Patrick. Photo by Action Replay Photography
As young athletes they all have great motivational advice to share. Katie Edgar said:
“The best piece of advice was given to me by Ian Stark when I was 13 and I asked him how I could get on to a British Team. His advice was ‘every time you go out competing do your very best for yourself. My advice for any rider chasing their dreams would be never give up. You only get out what you put in.”
Katie Edgar riding Airborne. Photo by Action Reply Photography
Jodie Craig, who is also making her debut appearance agrees,
“You may think that you are the only one having problems or difficulties but you’re not. The only way to improve and get better is to work through these coming out even stronger each time you ride. As the famous saying goes ‘we learn from our mistakes’. It is also important to sometimes take the time to realise how far you have come as I find this motivates me to work harder.”
When speaking to individuals they are all excited about the opportunity to ride together as a whole team for their country. Let’s get behind them all and show them our support.
Their sponsorship of the British Eventing Scotland U18 team
Winner of Equestrian Business of the Year 2019 at the national horsescotland awards, Lindores Equestrian celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Reputed to be the most popular, friendly and inclusive training and horse holiday venue in Scotland, Lindores Equestrian are proud sponsors of the British Eventing Championship Team.
Lindores Equestrian has been a key training destination for many British Eventing riders and instructors. We are immensely proud to support the qualifying team that have worked so hard and for so many years. The world-class riders and their British Eventing support team will represent our country at the Frickley Park National U18 Championships from 25thJuly – 28thJuly 2019.
What’s the secret?
We will be meeting and interviewing some of the riders before the British Eventing Championships in July to hear directly from them how they qualified. We want to know how they made it and how they are feeling? What tips can they share for the rest of us training to be great?
There are 3 BE100 team reserves (in alphabetical order):
Gregor Walkingshaw – Craigmancie Symphony
Rebecca Scott – Dinozzo
Sasha Niven – Forrests Foxy Lady
Vicky Edgar – Ardagh Bobby
Equestrian Business of the Year 2019 at national horsescotland awards.
Celebrating our 30th anniversary, Lindores Equestrian is a first class training facility for riders and horses of all levels. Ideal for beginners right through to professional riders we have visiting instructors, kids, adults, holiday makers and camp hosts visiting to ride for pleasure or progression.
Lindores is award winning because it offers so much more than any other venue. We’ve simplified it into three key things which are Stay, Ride, Relax…
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At Lindores you can visit for an hour or your can stay for a week. There is accommodation to suit all budgets. Guests can stay in the luxury lodges which have private hot tubs, stunning views and interiors. The architecturally designed houses and gardens are purpose built so their accessible, dog friendly and kid friendly. If you’re keen for more affordable accommodation guests can stay in a bunkroom, pitch a tent in the campsite or hook-up their horse lorry for a comfortable night stay next to the famous Bothy.
The working farm has converted a cosy Bothy that is the heart of all the equestrian camp and clinic experiences. The Bothy has a kitchen, log burning stove, dining area, lounge seating with accompanying showers and toilets.
The training venue is ideal for kid and adult camps both residential and non-residential. Visiting hosts and instructors from all over the country hire the venue to create their own camp experiences.
There are limited spaces for hosting and riding in 2019 but do get in touch if you want to know more, they team will be happy to help CONTACT US
The backbone of the business is the famous Lindores Cross Country course. Spanning 85 acres with over 125 British Eventing standard fences there is a huge range for training.
4** Eventer Louisa Milne Home riding Future Plans at Lindores
Customers can also hire the brand new working hunter fences on grass. They can hire the Olympic show jumping sized outdoor arena all year. There are also grass paddocks for turnout and dressage.
The hacking at Lindores offers varying terrain off road and the views from the stunning farm in Fife are so famous that Red Bull filmed with their sponsored athletes and EQy magazine voted it the ‘No 1 Horse Holiday destination’ nationally.
Olympic Show Jumping sized Arena
Incredible Hacking and Stunning Views
Brand New Working Hunter Fences on Grass
The business has always been run by the very friendly Black family. They have created a very relaxed and welcoming environment. The business has grown off the back of listening and asking instructors and customers what they want. If the customers and horses are happy the Blacks are happy. Because of this openness camps and horse holidays at Lindores can include on foot activities such as: paint balling, full body massages, vet talks, pilates, personal training, confidence coaching, racing talks, inspirational speakers and more recently biking experiences.
Have Fun Building Confidence and Trust
Lindores Equestrian is proud to be the best in 2019 which is why it is the perfect fit sponsoring the British Eventing Scotland U18 team at the 2019 Champs.