Bookings are now open for pony riding fun from age 4+
We are excited to let you know that bookings are open and Shetland Pony Club is opening daily (except Fridays) for riding until 31 August. In term time we will open at weekends and holidays until the end of November 2020, for children from age 4+. You can book: Summer Camps, 2 hour Own a Pony Experiences, 45 min Starter Rides and Pony Birthday Parties.
Shetland Pony Club is proud to be one of the first riding schools in the country to be awarded the Association of British Riding Schools Certification for COVID-19 Safe Working Practices. Having risk-assessed our riding in the light of the government guidelines, we have changed the age for riding to a minimum of 4 years old, until further notice. For children aged 2.5 – 4, we hope to be able to resume riding soon. Keep an eye on our weekly email, social media and the website here for more information (Updated 22 July 2020).
New Pony Riding Guidelines – in the light of coronavirus
- Health check – please do not come to Shetland Pony Club if you or anyone in your household has coronavirus, or if you feel unwell with either: a high temperature; a new continuous cough; a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste. Please minimise the number of people that come to Shetland Pony Club with your child
- Booking – book your pony visit online and only come when you have an appointment. Please do not arrive early (stay in your car if you do)
- Parking – park apart from other cars and put on your riding outfit (e.g. hat, boots & gloves, if you have them) before coming to The Ranch. Bring your child a drink
- Arrival – wait at the door until invited to enter. Use hand gel, put your child’s hat on & hand your child over a to staff member, who will look after them while riding. One adult per child can enter the Ranch if needed, at a social distance from staff
- Parents area – parents & siblings will be able to enjoy the meadows in socially distant seating areas. Bring a drink. Please clean your bench before you leave. If children are 5+ parents can leave site provided we have your contact details
- The Ranch – put any bags / drinks down on your own straw bale for your kit
- Toilets – are located at the far end of The Ranch. Use only if necessary and queue apart. Tell a staff member if you have used the loo so it can be cleaned
- Meet your pony – Your pony will be wearing a bridle put on by our staff. You can brush and decorate your pony, using a cleaned grooming kit. Staff will guide you
- Clear up and hand wash – put your equipment in the “used” area, wash your hands and have your own drink, if needed
- Riding – staff members will tack up your pony and lead him to the mounting block. You will be given help and guidance on getting on and riding safely by your helper
- Paddock care and pony learning – staff will guide you, if you do these activities
- Returning – your staff member will guide you on returning and putting equipment in the used area. Say goodbye to your pony. Our team will give your pony a drink
- Finishing – Put your hat in the used container, wash your hands and collect bags
- Prize giving – all rides finish with a presentation. Parents, return 10 mins before the end for riding photos of your child & enjoy their prize giving at the podiums
- Leaving – leave by field gate and meet your parents outside The Ranch at the podiums. Keep apart from others when waiting, leaving and in the car park
Thank you for coming – we hope you have had fun, safely with the ponies
You can download a copy of our New Pony Riding Guidelines – in the light of coronavirus here
What is the new normal at Shetland Pony Club
We’re learning a new normal with our riding at Shetland Pony Club. It is so exciting to be riding again as some of the restrictions in the UK ease. Things are not quite the same, but the children are enjoying learning the new rules and having fun with the ponies.
There’s lots of signs and reminders for us all to keep apart and parents are putting the riding hats on their children when they arrive. The children are enjoying brushing their ponies, with individual grooming kits, and can they even paint their hooves.
So, what can parents do?
The parents viewing gallery is proving very popular, with lovely socially distanced benches, to enjoy watching the children ride and just being in the countryside. The children love riding past and showing off their riding skills too.
Is that all?
We all need to remember to put our equipment in the right place for cleaning and there’s lots of handwashing and hand gel too. Everyone is doing really well with the new rules for pony riding, so we can enjoy pony fun again at Shetland Pony Club.
Shetland Pony Club gain Certified Riding Schools COVID-19 Safe Working Practices approval
Shetland Pony Club is proud to be one of the first Association of British Riding School’s Approved Centres to be Certified for its COVID-19 Safe Working Practices. Demonstrating robust risk assessments and detailed COVID-19 safe working practices with evidence, were critical in gaining this important certification. Over 30 of the team have also received 100% pass marks when completing the ABRS Exiting Lockdown e-learning training, showing that the staff know how to keep themselves and our customers COVID-19 safe.
Owner Rosemary Miller commented: “We are delighted with the support we have received from the Association of British Riding Schools in certifying our centre in COVID-19 Safe Working Practices. The e-learning training on Exiting Lockdown has been particularly valuable to ensure that our team members have a good understanding of how to be COVID-safe, before they return to Shetland Pony Club to complete their training. Safety is our number one priority, and demonstrating that we have robust and verified procedures in place will help give our customers and staff confidence in exiting lockdown safely.” (19 June 2020)
Youngest age for riding is now 4 years old
We are proud to be one of the first riding schools in the country to be awarded the Association of British Riding Schools Certification for COVID-19 Safe Working Practices. We have risk-assessed the age for riding and have changed it to a minimum of 4 years old until further notice. Please contact us if you have a booking for a child who is less than 4 years old and we will organise a voucher or refund for you.
Information on upcoming bookings
- All paid bookings from July onwards – If your child is aged 4+ we may need to reschedule your booking for social distancing reasons and will contact you, as needed. If your child is less than 4 years old, we will need to postpone your booking for now and will contact you about this in the coming weeks – please bear with us.
- Parties – party bookings are now open for up to 12 children aged 4+
- Gift Vouchers – expiry dates will be extended if you are unable to use them within the current expiry period.
- Pony Share Membership – has now resumed. Contact us to join the waiting list for a pony of your own, the easy way.
- Refunds – if you cannot ride at the moment, we hope that you will support the ponies, if you are able to, by accepting a voucher code to ride in the future. Should you require a refund instead, please email us and we will organise this for you.
Any questions – contact us on: 07734 950 309 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How are the ponies?
The ponies are fine after their extended break. They are enjoying riding again and meeting children for pony fun.
What can the children do to learn about ponies if they cant come and ride?
We have been busy creating a new free website for you, called Shetland Pony Club Online, to keep you in touch with the ponies. It is a new fun website full of pony videos, learning and activities for you to enjoy at home.
Take care and stay safe from
The Shetland Pony Club Team and all the Shetland ponies