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Help and Advice for Members

We all want to return to normality, but we are not there yet. The Pony Club continues to follow Government advice and we ask that we all maintain responsibility for the safety of ourselves and others around us. We are providing regular updates to all members, branches and centres in the CEO Updates, which can be viewed here.

Below we share answers to frequently asked questions to provide you with the latest information.

If you have an immediate concern about a child please call the NSPCC Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or your local police on 101 or visit: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/coronavirus-advice-suppport-children-families-parents

The Pony Club members’ third party liability insurance continues to cover all of our members (including branch, centre and centre plus members) for their use or ownership of a horse or pony, in exactly the same way as normal.

You are required to continue with 12-month equine flu injections to participate in Pony Club activities.

This year, as a result of the Covid19 crisis, we and all the BEF sports are waiving the "within 6 month" rule for vaccinations. However, we recommend that you seek advice from your vet regarding 6 monthly boosters, depending on the rate of equine flu infection.

As always, the welfare of our horses and ponies is a priority. Please ensure you make a contingency plan for looking after your animals if you fall ill or are unable to get to the stables / field. The RDA has produced some useful advice in association with World Horse Welfare and they are happy for us to share these practical and useful tips; https://www.myrda.org.uk/assets/CORONAVIRUS-EMERGENCY-PLANNING-FOR-EQUINES-March-2020-V1-PDF-1.pdf

A reminder that all membership is now on a rolling 12 month basis. If you join now you will get a full year's membership.

The Pony Club continues to offer lots of support and ideas for activities that can be done within the Government guidelines. Branches and Centres are running leagues, quizzes, fun competitions, online learning and video sharing amongst other activities to keep members busy and engaged.

Now that we are resuming small group lessons, The Pony Club insurance is still very much an essential part of the membership fee and continues to cover members for third party liability.

We understand this is a difficult time financially for many of our members and as a registered charity we too are being prudent with the funds we have left to support members. We have furloughed over half our staff members and we have placed a number of projects on hold. However, to ensure The Pony Club is still here when this is all over and so that we can provide activities for all our members we are not refunding membership fees. Other BEF Member bodies and wider youth organisations are in a similar position. This decision has not been taken lightly, but we would like to support all our members equally and fairly at this time.

The wider equestrian community

For more information on how the other equestrian member bodies are coping with this situation, please visit the British Equestrian Federation website, www.bef.co.uk

Government Advice

The Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For the latest Government guidance on sports and recreational activities, specifically riding, please check here: www.gov.uk/coronavirus