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 will re-open from Monday 1st June 2020, 8am-8pm, 7 days.

There are new measures in place to protect everyone and 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. We’ve launched our new online availability, booking and payment system. 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
StablingClosed under review
Luxury Lodge StaysClosed under review
BunkroomClosed under review
Campsite PitchesClosed under review
The Bothy Closed under review
ReceptionClosed under review
Tuck ShopClosed under review

SOCIAL DISTANCING

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

PARKING

The farm will be divided into parking zones. Follow signage when on site. We have built a new hardstanding 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

  • Limited to 1 horse per ride initially (under review)
  • Only instances where riders are part of same household can there be more than one horse hacking
  • One accompanying person must be on foot, dogs on leads welcome but temporarily no extra walkers (under review)
  • Hourly time slots must be adhered too
  • 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

  • Limited to 1 horse per ride initially 
  • Only instances where riders are part of same household can there be more than one horse
  • One accompanying person must be on foot, dogs on leads welcome but no extra people (under review)
  • One qualified coach or instructor may be allowed to coach once Scottish Government and Public Health approve coaching (expect decision 29th May 2020).
  • 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

  • Limited to 1 horse per ride initially (under review)
  • Only instances where riders are part of same household can there be more than one horse training
  • One accompanying person must be on foot, dogs on leads welcome but temporarily no extra walkers (under review)
  • 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. This has changed the layout of the cross country. Riders now have crossing points over a new road. There is also an open ditch that crosses parts of the course which we’re delighted to say will improve water management in wet seasons. Look out for these changes when riding.
  • Back protectors must be worn in line with British Regulations
  • One qualified coach or instructor may be allowed to coach once Scottish Government and Public Health approve coaching (expect decision 29th May 2020).

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 once Scottish Government and Public Health approve coaching in to proceed (expect decision 29th May 2020). Qualified instructors must agree to adhere to the new Covid-19 Protocol in order to coach one to one at Lindores Equestrian .

TRAVELLING DISTANCES

We ask that you make your own judgement on the latest government guidelines around travelling local distances. We make every effort not to use any public services on route to and from our facility.

BOOKING

Check availability and book online quickly and easily with our new online booking system. The online booking includes the old paper Disclaimer form questions for riders. This means riders no longer have to sign in at reception on arrival.  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 and leave immediately after your training. 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 Competition Entries

Design a fence Competition Entries

Fence Design Impresses the Judges
’Thank you to everyone who has entered our ‘Design a Fence Competition’.  We wanted to share with you all the amazing work and effort from our customers because sadly we can’t build every fence design entry! We wish we could!
The standard of fence design entries this year has been incredible!  Deciding on the final winner has taken the panel several attempts and we are very close to deciding who the winner will be. We shall announce the winner via social media channels very soon!
The winner will be invited to preview their jump creation and have the opportunity to be the first person to jump it on their horse (if they wish).
 
Lindores Cross Country
The award winning course re-opens for the season on the 1st March 2020 and bookings are being taken for private hire, club hire and training clinics. If you still want to book don’t hesitate to get in touch BOOK TODAY – https://www.lindoresxc.co.uk/online-booking/
 
2020 
The ground has coped well over the 2019/20 winter and it will be ready for the season opening in March.  We have new fences for 2020 which we will announce soon. 
 
Training / Camps / Clinics
Instructors and hosts can book training or camps at Lindores Equestrian for 2020. We still have plenty of availability so if you’re thinking about a camp or a training event please don’t hesitate to get in touch either with our Online Booking or by email equestrian@lindores.co.uk 
 
Horse Holidays 
Availability of our luxury holiday houses is becoming more and more limited over key date in 2020 so please get in touch soon if you’re thinking of coming to Lindores for a luxury horse holiday.  Our horse holidays are a great opportunity to stay, ride and relax and we have accommodation options for all budgets and experiential packages. Check availability of our luxury lodges on our other website www.lindores.co.uk
 
           
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…

Stay in touch:

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www.instagram.com/lindoresequestrian

www.twitter.com/lindoresxc

What it takes – a parents perspective

What it takes – a parents perspective

A Parents Perspective

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.

The Interview

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.

Train at Lindores Equestrian 

Watch Video Interview with BE u18 Scottish Team Riders