ABRS News  

Good news for Employers and Proprietors!

The ABRS and British Grooms Association join forces.

On April 1st 2017, fully paid up members of the ABRS will have access to the BGA's Employers Zone addressing the questions that every employer needs to know, from recruiting to discipline and termination, employment facts, sickness and employee relations and many more... oh and not forgetting the all important templates that can be downloaded and used time and time again, PLUS access to a free Employer's Helpline if you ever need advice!

A wonderful resource that has been specifically tailored to meet the challenges of the equine industry.


Dirty Weekend at Burghley 

George Baber, one of our new and enthusiastic Trustees, is attempting to complete the Burghley Rat Race on 6th May - 20 miles and '200' gruelling obstacles (in aid of the ABRS - we are a charity after all). We would be most appreciative if you would sponsor him by donating at https://www.leetchi.com/c/nonprofit-charity-club-association-of-british-riding-schools, or maybe even consider taking part yourself in aid of the ABRS?  http://ratrace.com/dirtyweekend/ 


We welcome a new Honorary Advisor

We Welcome Anne-Marie Taylor onboard as a new Honorary Advisor. Anne-Marie Taylor (FBHS) is offering her services as an Equestrian Expert Witness in litigation and insurance claims. Her equestrian background, experience and qualifications together with her legal training would equip her to be of significant help in disputes you might face as a Riding School. She has offered to hold an initial telephone conversation with our members free of charge. You can contact her on 01295 780779 or annemarietaylor@clara.co.uk

Our members have access to professional advisors covering such topics as data protection, legal matters, fire safety, rates and Health & Safety in riding schools, please contact the office for more details. 


New UKCC Level 2 Dates Announced

New UKCC Level 2 dates for 2017 have been announced. Starting on April 27th and running through to September 28th, there will be 4 workshops and one final assessment, all held at Fourwinds Equestrian Centre, Leaves Lake Drove, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 3QJ. Places are limited.

If you wish to register your interest in this course then please contact Paula Leverton on 01775 640533 or email: paula.leverton@abrs-info.org as soon as possible as the places are limited, or for further details click here.


Calling all Budding Inspectors

The ABRS is looking for current or retired proprietors or managers of ABRS schools who would like to get involved with helping us with our inspection programme.  It would entail visiting member schools and building a relationship with other proprietors.  For ex-members it is a great way to keep in touch and involved with the riding school world and your experience could be a real benefit to others  For further details please contact the office 01403 790294.


New Product Launch from Caviera - Raviera with Lavendar  

Caviera Bedding is pleased to announce the addition of a fourth horse bedding product into its range; Raviera with Lavender uses the same high quality oil seed rape straw, which is then processed to create a highly absorbent and dust extracted bedding. 

The addition of Lavender essential oil benefits both horse and owner with a pleasant fragrance, anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties and a harmless bittering agent discourages bed eating. Trials of the Lavender infused bedding were very successful with riders enjoying the calming Lavender fragrance whilst those horses who may have had a tendency to bed eat, were found to be less likely to.

Raviera with Lavender is expected to retail between £7.50 -£8.00 (prices may vary between retailers) and is available now. It joins therest of the very successful range of high quality bedding products from Cavierawhich include:Raviera – chopped and dust extracted oil seed rape strawRaviera Pro – as Raviera but with an addition of a sterilisation process Cavianthus – chopped and dust extracted miscanthus grass.

The oil seed rape straw and miscanthus grass that is used in the production of Caviera’s bedding range, is grown, harvested and processed onsite at the farm near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.  

“We’re thrilled to be adding to our range with our new Lavender infused bedding. Year on year we’ve seen steady growth, but recentmonths have been particularly busy, which is partly down to increased brandrecognition but also repeat business generated from our consistently highquality standards.”  Commented Nick Walker, Director.

Caviera’s range of horse bedding is fast becoming the preferred premium horse bedding. It is stocked by retailers across the UK and preferred by livery and professional competition yards because of its low dust content, efficiency and fast rotting properties.

Any stockists interested in the new Raviera with Lavender or any of the products from the range should contact Nick Walker on 01302 759 420 or nick@cavierabedding.co.uk


Business Rates are Changing!

Go online to review your draft rateable value by 30th November 2016.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. CLICK: www.gov.uk/voa/revaluation to review your draft rateable value.
  2. FIND: your property by postcode or address....
  3. REVIEW: the information to make sure all your property information held by the VOA is correct.

It will only take a few minutes to do this. If oyu think the information held about your property is incorrect, ask the VOA to update their records. They recomend you do this by the 30th November 2016. If you do not do this, you risk paying too much in business rates.

The new rateable value comes into effect 1st April 2017.

 


Follifoot Park Riding Centre Claim the £500 Cash Prize

Follifoot Park Farm Riding Centre, Harrogate, Yorkshire were the very lucky winners of the £500 cash prize donated by Paul Reay of Leopard Risk Managment, the ABRS' preferred insurance broker. Follifoot completed the most ABRS Progressive Rider tests during June to October 2016 to scoop this wonderful prize.

Don't spend it all at once girls! 


Congratulations!!

To the winner of the GOLDEN SPUR AWARD 2016 - JACKIE COLBERT who was nominated by Colchester Garrison Saddle Club.  Runner up is JACKIE KERR, nominated by Quob Stables in Hampshire.
The ABRS thanks the Jeffress Trust and Leopard Risk Management for their wonderful support. 

The five finalists gave judges Julie Pedley, Verity Saul and Derick Ward a difficult job at Verity Saul's excellent facilities at Witham Villa in Leics., but Jackie Colbert became a clear winner as the day progressed.


Exciting News for all ABRS Members

As from April 2017 your ABRS membership will include access to the British Grooms Association’s Employers Zone.  This will allow you to benefit from having  all their up to date information regarding employment of stable staff, templates for letters, a Contract of Employment and access to a free Employers Helpline.

The Grooms Association and the ABRS are both members of the British Equestrian Federation so it is fitting that these two associations work together for the benefit of the equestrian community as a whole.From now until April the British Grooms Association will be sending e-bulletins to our paid up members with items of interest.

We would like to state how excited we are to be working with the British Grooms Association.


Update on Passports and The New Central Equine Database

It is very important that you check you have returned ALL old passports. When you lose a horse it is very easy to delay informing the Issuing Authority and returning the passport. This means that when the new CED requests information from the PIOs the information will be incorrect and this could have financial implications for yourselves. 

Secondly, it is essential that changes of ownership are recorded, the transfer form must be completed and handed to the new owner – the fine for non- compliance now is around £2000.

Lastly, microchipping was not mandatory until July 2009, so many horses issued with passports between 2004 and 2008 were not chipped.  Legislation has gone through the EU to allow countries to make retrospective microchipping of those horses mandatory, and it is likely that England will enforce this.  This could impose a large cost on ABRS members.
So, ABRS members – go through the desks/drawers/boxes and send those old passports back to the issuing authority before you get landed  in the horse poo! 

Information supplied by the Donkey Breed Society, Llanfyllin, Powys.  SY22 5NE


Medi-K offers Emergency First Aid

Medi-K offers emergency first aid and other training to horse riders workers in an effort to reduce the number of serious and fatal accidents every year.

The leading training provider has tailored its popular Emergency First Aid at Work course to the equestrian sector and added “rider specific” content, to reflect the risks riders/grooms face on a daily basis.Kay Patterson, Medi-K workplace training director, said: “The nature of their work means riders face high and severe risk levels; sadly, that’s reflected in the large volume of injuries reported every year.“These are people frequently riding and handling horses, often working in remote locations, so it’s vital to know what to do when accidents happen – particularly as injuries can be significant and life-threatening.“Our expert trainers will equip people with first aid skills to help them how to deal with a range of incidents in the countryside. This can mean the difference between a life lost and a life saved in an emergency.”Additional, specialised content on the new one-day course includes:

• Managing head & spinal injuries
• Treatment of rider wearing safety kit
• Crush injuries
• Casualties suffering from extremes of heat and cold.

The training aims to increase safeguards for workers in the equine industry – particularly where an employer’s risk assessment indicates that extra measures must be taken to manage potential severe injuries.We would be able to attend on a date to suit you for a 1-day course at the group booking cost of £450 (10% discount applied normally £495) for up to 12 riders.  

This cost includes; Full qualification, training, course resources, registration, a manual and a nationally recognised certificate/qualification.We offer regulated qualifications accredited by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) ensuring your yard is complaint with HSE first aid requirements.

Training is delivered on site at a business’s premises across the UK & Ireland.

For more information, visit the Medi-K website. www.Medi-K.co.uk         

 


New Hat Ruling 

The ABRS has decided to follow the precedence set by other member bodies of the BEF with regard to the new riding hat standard policy.

This means that as from Jan 1st 2016 hats worn at ABRS schools have to adopt the new EU standards; the PAS 015:1998 or 2011, the SNELL E2001 or VG1 and we can no longer accept hats that are purely (BS)EN 1384.
Please check all hats that you provide and also that your riders bring, to ensure that they are of the correct standard.

If you need to purchase new hats, please look on our member’s page of the website, under members benefit scheme you will see Tagg Equestrian is offering ABRS members very favourable prices for ‘Polly’ hats of the VG1 standard, and I have it on good authority that if you ring them you may get an even better offer!”


Free Fire Risk Assessments for All ABRS Members

ABRS advisor, Harry Paviour, has offered all member schools a free fire risk assessment. For more information please contact the office on 01403 790294.


New English Equestrian Apprenticeships get the Thumbs Up from Government

Prime Minister David Cameron has just announced the approval of the Equine Groom and Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeships’ Standards.

These new apprenticeships have been drawn up by a cross-discipline group representing all facets of equestrianism. The Steering Group is made up of individuals at the top of their discipline, wanting to produce complete and practical individuals, with excellent transferable skills and work ethos.

Prior to submitting the Standards to government for approval, these new standards were publicised via various press channels across the country and received an overall 93% approval from employers, confirming the need for change in preparing the future professionals for the equestrian industry.

Nick Bowles, the Minister for Skills, …… (quote)

This is the first time that the entire equestrian industry has come to work together, highlighting the importance of this vital project. The second phase is due to start in early September when work on the End Point Assessment Plan for these apprenticeships will commence.


ABRS as a Training Provider

I am delighted to advise you that the ABRS is now an approved training provider delivering Level 2 Apprenticeships in Activity Leadership and UKCC Level 2. This follows our approval by Active IQ which is the relevant awarding body.

Becoming a training provider means we are able to draw down and distribute funding. Our policy will be to ensure that as high a proportion of this as possible is channelled through to our member schools. At the same time a portion will, of course, be retained by the Association in order to enable us to run an effective administrative system whereby we can meet the rigorous demands of the Skills Funding Agency and OFSTED.

We are running Activity Leadership with the UK Level 2 which means that we shall be incorporating ABRS Tests 1 to 6 including the Lunge Unit. The skills learnt in the Activity Leadership, in addition to the UKCC and ABRS requirements, mean that students will be given a broad training which will equip them to work within our industry. A further benefit is that the skills gained on the course are transferable so that if students decided at a later date that they wanted to work in sport in a different capacity say, as a gym instructor, they would be qualified in part to do this.

Primarily we are looking for students in the 16 to 18 year old age group but older students are also eligible and welcome. We appreciate that some of you will have already signed with other providers for the current year, but wherever possible please support this particular Scheme, especially given that under the ABRS initiative your rewards will be greater than with any other provider. I would just mention that the Scheme is open solely to schools based in England.

In order to support our members, we need to know whether proprietors and their staff have assessor or verifier qualifications. Irrespective of whether you are registering a student on this occasion please let us know of any qualifications you hold in order that we may update our database which will assist us in future planning.

Please register your interest in the Scheme by clicking here, following which we will be in a position to inform you of the financial rewards involved.

We are delighted to be able to offer our members the availability of this further initiative and please do not hesitate to get in touch should you require further information or have any questions.


ABRS Welcomes Livery Yards

The Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) is broadening its membership to livery yards to reflect the changing market for riding schools.

The new livery yard approval scheme was launched on 1 April with livery yards offered a discounted membership of £150 if they join by 31 September (afterwards it is £227).

The first two livery yards are expected to be approved by the end of this month once the inspections have been completed. 

“The riding school world has changed with some converting straight to livery yards and others changing their split of livery yard and riding school,” ABRS chairman, Julian Marczak told H&H. 

The British Horse Society (BHS) has been running an approved livery yard scheme for over 50 years. The scheme has 290 stand alone livery yard members and 500 riding schools have approved livery yard status. 

The yards in the BHS scheme are graded approved, commended and highly commended. But unlike the BHS approved livery yard scheme the ABRS does not use a grading system. 

“We have debated a grading system but steered away because we didn’t want to create a tier system,” said Mr Marczak. 

The ABRS livery yard approval scheme will be run on similar lines to the charity’s riding school scheme. 

“Our priorities with the livery yard scheme are safety, safe facilities, safe practices and horse welfare,” Mr Marczak added. 

He said ABRS is looking for yards with “clean, presentable and workable facilities”.

He added that the new livery yard scheme will “give quality assurance” to the public when choosing livery yards as well as a riding school. 

“It’s a clear indication that the yard concerned has been inspected and is working at a safe, professional and acceptable level,” said Mr Marczak. 

Livery yard owners who join will be kept updated with ABRS news and information. 

Founded in 1954, the ABRS currently has 320 members. The new livery members will be able to display the charity’s approval plaque on their premises. They will also be listed on the ABRS website and in any literature as one of the approved centres. 

A special introductory offer for annual membership of £150 (pro rata) is available until 1st April 2016.


TAGG Equestrian joins ABRS Member Benefit Scheme

TAGG Equestrian, the Equestrian Products wholesaler owns and distributes a wide ranging selection of brands, many of which will be well known to you. Loveson, Falpro, Polly Products, Comfort Zone, the William Funnell Range and Tagg Clothing are included in the group, the company also distributes SSG gloves in the UK.

Under its Polly Products brand the company has recently launched its new Polly Hat for 2015. The hats will be familiar to many members. Originally launched in 2006, the hats have been in wide circulation and gained popularity during the period.

A lightweight, vented modern riding hat the Polly hat comes in 3 sizes, 4 Kidz (48cm to 54cm), Junior (52cm to 55cm), Adult (56cm to 62cm). The dial fit system allows the hats to be used by a wide variety of riders, the vents keep the hats cool and comfortable, whilst the removeable inner pads can ensure that the hats can be kept clean and hygienic.

The new Hat has been tested to the new VG-1 specification. Given the recent withdrawal of the BS EN 1384 standard, the VG-1 is the replacement for the old standard. The various governing bodies have informed BETA that they will accept hats under the VG-1 specification once they become available. Given the short time frame in which the recent announcements have been made the Polly Hat will be amongst one of the first hats available in the UK tested to the VG-1 specification.

The new Polly Hat remains the ideal hat for the occasional rider and members can be assured that the hats cover the latest requirements and have been through the vigorous kitemarking process at the British Standards Institute. The hats also remain an economic option which Retail pricing starting from £25.

Given the requirement of all ABRS member schools to review the hats they are currently offering to riders, TAGG has agreed to join the Members Benefit Scheme and has agreed to offer the Polly riding hats to its members on an exclusive Members basis. (See offer sheet on Members page for details).

Tagg also holds the prestigious title of Official Rug Supplier to the British Equestrian teams and can offer a wide range of competitively priced bespoke items with it’s inhouse embroidery and screen print facilities.Tagg provides staff uniforms and merchandising services for some of the best know names in the industry and can provide Staff Uniforms, Bespoke Clothing, Sponsorship Rugs, Saddlecloths and much more.As part of the ABRS membership scheme, members are entitled to discounts on Tagg embroidery services. Please contact them directly for a quote.

Tel – 01636 636 135
Email – sales@taggequestrian.co.uk

             


The ABRS are very pleased to have this new association with the BGA.

The BGA aren't here just for grooms, they also understand the complexities of being an employer in the equestrian industry and the 'Employers Zone' on their website addresses the questions that every employer needs to deal with.

Annual access to their 'Employers Zone' is just £29.50, which includes an HR advice line, templates for every scenario: recruitment, disciplinary, sickness, redundancy, termination, pregnancy, guidance on the day to day management of your staff - how to run appraisals, manage staff illness and change of contracts and the ability to create smart and tailored 'Written Statement of Employment Particulars' which is a legal requirement of any employer and so much more!

Can you afford not to join?


Medi-K can take the worry out of purchasing the correct First Aid Kit

Medi-K are frequently approached by riding establishments for recommendations for the best first aid kits/refills.

As the Health & Safety (First Aid) regulations 1981 states:

 “An employer shall provide or ensure that there are provided such equipment and facilities as are adequate and appropriate in the circumstances for enabling first aid to be rendered to his employees if they are injured or become ill at work”

The new first aid kits are now the only safe and clear way for employers to meet their obligations. Medi-K are now in the position to provide the appropriate kits and refills to suit any riding establishments requirements. Please see the price list and contact Kay at Medi-K for further details kay@medi-k.co.uk or phone 01299 407097 / 0781 6830533 to place an order.


Organise your yard so you can concentrate on your business!

We have an exciting new Member Benefit company joining the ABRS scheme, one that should help organise your yard so you can concentrate on your business.

We welcome Stable Management Equestrian Software on-board.

Ian Phillips of Stable Management Equestrian Software says "The deal clincher is always saving time and making money so this is what we try and do for every yard we work with."

For over 10 years, Stable Management has been providing a booking and management computer system to riding centres that has allowed them to better understand their business and clients.

But it doesn't stop there. We work with each centre to use the system more effectively and then mould thoseideas into something tangible.

If you are interested in find out more about our software then please check out our website www.stable-management.co.uk There is lots of information and advice as well as a Free Demo for you to try.

Forgot to mention - FUNDING. Life gets easier when you can analyse your business and provide the fund partners with information about your yards activities and this is just a click of the button away with Stable Management. 


Take advantage of our Member Benefit Companies

Today's economic conditions are challenging. Businesses need to be competitive on price, flexible on terms and to excel in customer service. Rising business costs mean that every penny counts, and that's why the Association of British Rding Schools Member Benefit Scheme "(MBS)" is such good value.

The MBS is an opportunity for proprietors to make use of contacts or companies that offer their products or services at a preferential rate to ABRS members.

The ABRS would like to welcome E.ON Energy. Certainly a valuable new addition to our scheme when gas and electric prices are increasing and every penny makes a difference.

E.ON Energy are offering some great rates to ABRS members, so check out the Members Page for more details or contact them direct for a quote or to find out more. Call 0330 400 1086 (available Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 4.45pm and Friday 8.45am to 4.15pm) and let E.ON know you’re an ABRS member or email them at sme.partnerships@eonenergy.com


ABRS Achieves Charitable Status 

The Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) is pleased to announce that it has been successful in applying for charitable status.

The application made to the Charity Commission by the ABRS executive board follows their review of the structure of the Association and coincides with the appointment of the Association's first Chief Executive, David Pettifor in June last.

Many, including members, due to the nature of the Association's work, had assumed that the ABRS was as a charity already, but the new status now represents a major development for the organisation, enabling it to enhance its benefits of membership.

Two routes were available to the ABRS in making the application, the more straight- forward involving incorporating a new company or, alternatively by demonstrating how the ABRS had evolved into a charity over time while retaining its original ethos. It was the latter route that the ABRS chose.

ABRS Chairman, Julian Marczak said, “In our 60th year what better way for the ABRS to celebrate than acquiring charitable status.  Following a detailed consultation process, we decided that becoming a charity would bring about a number of clear advantages to the Association, including accessibility to otherwise unavailable funding to assist with our charitable work and this was clearly identified in the application process. In addition to the availability of Gift Aid our new charitable status will create accessibility to funding opportunities which would otherwise be unavailable and we welcome the change with great enthusiasm.  

There has been much more to celebrate in the ABRS 60th anniversary including gaining access to the Register of Training Organisations, taking on the first  ABRS Apprentices, continued success with the UKCC, a revival underway with the Association's own qualifications and tests, new IT systems, better communications with members and more efficient ways of integrating with Scottish members". 


The BEVA Leisure & Sports Horse Insurance Guide

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has introduced a new guide produced in partnership with leading equine insurance providers to help horse owners get a better understanding of equine insurance.
 
With up to 25% of insured horses having a claim in any one year, vet fees insurance is a sensible way to budget for unexpected healthcare costs.
 
The “BEVA leisure and sports horse insurance guide” provides valuable information for those about to purchase a new policy, or horse owners about to make a claim.
 
It covers FAQs relating to vets fees and death, including when and how to insure, the importance of pre-purchase vetting, types of policy available, exclusions, referrals and permanent loss of use.
 
BEVA has also introduced a companion guide for vets. The “Veterinary Surgeon’s guide to riding and sport horse insurance” provides general guidelines to help your vet understand the requirements and issues relating to equine insurance.
 
Andrew Harrison, junior vice president of BEVA, says: “Whether a vet or a horse owner, understanding equine insurance can be intimidating for the best of us. The new guide should make it much easier for owners to understand the finer points of policies, premiums and claim protocols.” 
 
The BEVA leisure and sports horse Insurance Guide can be downloaded by clicking here.


Be Prepared

World Horse Welfare are encouraging all horse owners to consider what to do when it's time to say goodbye to their beloved friend - not just owners of old horses as accidents can happen at any time.

Many people keep their horses at livery and even if owners have considered the euthanasia options available, they rarely communicate this to anyone else, including the yard owner.

In the event of a tragedy, if you cannot be contacted, have you let anyone else know the choices that you would make?

To help owners be prepared, World Horse Welfare has produced a pack called Just in Case, which clearly and sensitively explains the options available. The pack also includes two copies of an owner's plan which can be completed with the relevant choices, costs and contact details - one copy can be kept by the owner and the other by the livery yard manager.

The pack is available free of charge through www.worldhorsewelfare.org/just-in-case or tel: 01953 497232


Riding and Road Safety Test

The ABRS is promoting the updated Riding and Road Safety Test that can be found in the members section. This test takes a comprehensive look at a riders knowledge of the Highway and Countryside code, as is applicable to horse riders. It also tests a riders competence at riding a horse in some differing situations that can be encountered on today's roads. Candidates will also need to be familiar with the procedures in the event of an accident.

For more details please see the members section or phone Head Office on 01403 790294.

 


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