Coronavirus (COVID-19) – latest information

Shetland Pony Club has closed early due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown

Shetland Pony Club is now closed for the winter.  We have had to close early because of lockdown in England as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19). We plan to reopen on Saturday 6 March 2021. Riding is by appointment only and bookings will open for the 2021 season in February 2021.  Pony birthday parties for 2021 can be booked now.

What does this mean for my November pony riding booking?

  • All customers with November bookings have been contacted to move your booking, or organise a voucher or a refund. If you have not heard from us please do contact the office on 07734 950 309 or email us at info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk
  • All members have been contacted separately days about their November riding and will be contacted shortly about their membership for 2021.(updated 13 November 2021).

COVID-19 Safe Working Practices for Pony Riding

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. 

Will there be more health checks?

Yes – 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. On arrival use the hand gel, put your child’s hat on & hand your child over a to a staff member, who will look after them. Complete the paperwork, and scan the NHS Test and Trace QR code. All attendees may be temperature checked.  We ask adults to wear a face-covering when signing in their child.

Do you have any coronavirus guidelines?

Yes, Shetland Pony Club is a COVID-19 Secure Venue. We hold the Association of British Riding Schools Certification for COVID-19 Safe Working Practices (download the certificate here) and our staff have been trained in Covid-19 safe working practices. We have also been audited on 15 October 2020 for our covid-safe working practices, and we have a Coronavirus Risk Assessment that you can download here.

Can parents attend?

If your child is age 5+, and you are comfortable dropping them off, please do so. If you prefer to stay, we have a socially distant seating area where you will be able to watch the riding from a safe distance.

Further questions?

We are looking forward to welcoming you safely for pony riding fun. Please get in touch and we will be happy to answer any further questions that you may have on 07734 950308 or info@shetlandponyclub.co.uk

COVID-19 Safe Working Practices

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.

New Pony Riding Guidelines – in the light of coronavirus

  1. 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
  2. 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)
  3. 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
  4. Who can come: COVID-19 restrictions mean adults need to wear masks when signing children in. Adults will not be allowed into The Ranch. Please minimise the number of people attending and watch from our socially distanced benches or use our marquee.  We recommend that grandparents do not come to watch at this unusual time, for their safety.
  5. 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
  6. The Ranch – put any bags / drinks down on your own straw bale for your kit
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Clear up and hand wash – put your equipment in the “used” area, wash your hands and have your own drink, if needed
  10. 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
  11. Paddock care and pony learning – staff will guide you, if you do these activities
  12. 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
  13. Finishing – Put your hat in the used container, wash your hands and collect bags
  14. 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
  15. 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.

Watch the video to find out more:

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.

ABRS-COVID-19_Accreditation_Shetland Pony Club

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.

How are the ponies?

The ponies are fine in their extended break.  They are enjoying eating and resting with their friends in the beautiful meadows at Shetland Pony Club.

Prince William in the Bluebells 2

What can the children do to learn about ponies if they can’t 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.

Watch the video to find out more:

Click on this link to join for free here

Take care and stay safe from 

The Shetland Pony Club Team and all the Shetland ponies