This section should be read in conjunction with the Health & Safety Rule Book. You will find guidance and downloads for medical cover, including first aid provision and veterinary cover below.
The level of first aid provision will depend upon the activity being organised. All organisers must undertake a risk assessment to identify the level of cover required. This will take into consideration the following**:
- The number and age of competitors
- The types of activity being undertaken
- The level of competition (based on level of difficulty)
- The complexity of the site layout
- Phone signal/WIFI strength
- Time for the County ambulance to get to site
- Proximity of nearest hospital
**This list is not exhaustive
The minimum recommended level of cover for Pony Club activities are given in Appendix A1 – First Aid Cover Matrix (download below). However, as a result of the risk assessment, the cover for Pony Club activities may be amended to suit the size and complexity of the venue.
For all activities the Organiser must undertake a full risk assessment, and based on the complexity of the site, the number of Members attending with their horses to define if they need to have a Veterinary Surgeon present, they must look to make the best possible “on call” arrangements.
The minimum recommended level of cover for Pony Club activities are given in Appendix A2 – Veterinary Cover Matrix (download below). However, as a result of the risk assessment, the cover for Pony Club activities may be amended to suit the size and complexity of the venue.
First Aid Requirements
The Pony Club defines two levels of first aider – Trained and Qualified. As a minimum requirement there must be a Trained First Aider at events.
(i) Trained First Aider
A person who holds either:
- Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification gained at a one-day course run by RQF registered trainers (Regulated Qualifications Framework, all qualifications regulated by Ofqual (in England) are on this framework and SQCF in Scotland) or one of the voluntary aid organisations (St John’s, Red Cross or St Andrew’s). Requalification is required after three years.
- BHS Initial First Aid qualification gained at a two-day course. Requalification is required after two years.
Note: We recommend the training of all first aiders includes an element of paediatric support and injury training.
(ii) Qualified First Aider
A person who holds:
- First Aid at Work (FAW) qualification gained at a three-day course run by RQF (or SQCF in Scotland) registered. Requalification is required after three years.
Note: All first aiders must hold an up to date disclosure check (DBS, PVG or Access NI) as this is considered regulated activity/work.