ABRS News  

BGA launches 'Grooms Minds' project

In conjunction with World Mental Health Day the BGA are proud to announce a new key project, ‘Grooms Minds’.
Mental Health is a subject which many people are still not keen to talk about, but with an increasing number of grooms, riders and employers contacting the BGA for help and advice, it is clear that this is a real issue within the industry.  

Being happy and content in the workplace is vital to individuals wellbeing and efficient team working. The Grooms Minds project aims to identify the specific issues associated with mental health within the industry to allow the BGA to raise awareness of these issues and then focus on and develop within this area. This work will include employees, employers and those who are self employed.  

The inspiration from the project came from founder and Executive Director of the BGA Lucy Katan, who said, “My experience of being bullied whilst working at a high profile dressage yard was the catalyst for the formation of the BGA. It is something that I will never forget, and at the time there was no organisation for me, as a groom, to turn to. I am always concerned when we receive communications from grooms who are suffering from mental health issues in their workplace, and the BGA is determined, through the Grooms Minds project, to raise the awareness of such.”  

One former groom who has been badly affected by these issues, and who doesn’t wish to be named added, “Being a groom was my dream career I enjoyed every aspect of it. My anxiety snuck up on me, grooms are expected to conscientious and a bit OCD so again I was proud to have these qualities. I didn't feel I could talk to anyone about it because I was angry and disappointed with myself. I hope that the Grooms Minds project will help employers and grooms themselves be more alert to their mental wellbeing.”  


The first step in this important project is to discover how widespread the issues are and so the BGA is urging that all grooms take part in a quick survey, which is 100% anonymous.


In the first dedicated survey of its kind the BGA would like to discover what issues are affecting you and the reasons why. The survey is 100% anonymous and can be found here:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/groomsmindssurvey.


The result of the survey will then allow phase two of the project and the development of resources available specifically for grooms. As part of the project the BGA has signed up to the Sport and Recreation Alliance Mental Health Charter.  

World Mental Health Awareness Day takes place on 10th October and for 2017 focuses on mental wellbeing in the work place. For more information visit: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day


AGM & Conference 2017

Join us on 16th & 17th October 2017 at Bedford Lodge Hotel, 11 Bury Road, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7BX for our annual AGM & Conference.

Two days of inspirational speakers and informative tours, for a full fun-packed Conference Agenda & Booking Form click HERE.

The ABRS has rooms at a promotional price of £109 single and £129 double until Sept 15th after which the price may increase. The promotional code is when booking is ABRS 161017.  Further details to follow.


New UKCC Level 2 Course Dates Announced

We are pleased to announce the available dates for the upcoming UKCC Level 2 course to be held at Moor Farm Stables, Wall Hill Road, Corley Moor, Warwickshire CV7 8AP. The first of the 4 delivery days is on 2nd October 2017 finishing with the final assessment day on 12th February 2018. For further details and contact information click here.

In the meantime, if you wish to register your interest for this or any future courses then please contact Paula Leverton on 01775 640533 or email: paula.leverton@abrs-info.org 


An Invitation to a Celebration of the Horse

An invitation to a Celebration of the Horse at Lichfield Cathedral organised by Free Spirit Horse Memorial Charity on Thursday 12th October 2017. Tickets can be paid for and collected at Gartmore Riding School or paid and reserved via Paypal account on the Free Spirit Website (www.freespiritmemorial.co.uk) under Donate button. All proceeds go to the Free Spirit Horse Memorial Charity.


Purchase the New ABRS Membership Plaque 

Why not promote your affiliation to the ABRS by purchasing one of the new and very smart ABRS plaques.

Sporting the red & blue horses head, which is synonymous with the ABRS, it will give confidence to clients who can be satisfied that you offer the highest standards of teaching, that their health and safety are a priority and that your horses and ponies are given the best possible care. 

Made from perspex and measuring 200x300mm, the plaques are able to withstand the harsh UK weather so can be mounted both indoors or out.  

To order your plaque please contact Head Office on office@abrs-info.org or phone 01403 790294. Plaques £20 each inc. P&P 

 


Helmets recalled over potential buckle failure

Charles Owen has recalled its Limited Edition 4Star Cross Country Helmet with Chrome Buckle.

The Wrexham based manufacturer says the move is due to the potential for extreme corrosion of the chrome buckle, which may result in buckle failure.

“This recall impacts this model in sizes 54 (0½), 55 (1) and 56 (1½),” said a spokesman for Charles Owen.

“Information regarding the helmet model can be found on the product satin, guarantee card or user instructions.”

Consumers are advised to cease use of the affected helmets immediately.

They are invited to contact either the shop they purchased the helmet from or Charles Owen directly in order to receive a replacement or full refund.

Consumers and retailers can contact Charles Owen on 01978 317769 or email info@charlesowen.co.uk for more information about replacement and refunds.


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. 


Pinetrees - Working with the community

Almancil was host to the British Ambassador Kirsty Hayes, who recently visited the Pinetrees Riding Centre to meet many of the people involved in Riding for Disabled in the Algarve. She was accompanied by Consul Simona Demuro, Vice Consul Clive Jewell, and Manuela Romano de Castro, Press Officer.

The President of Almancil´s Parish Council, Sr. Joaquim Pinto, was present to welcome them together with the Director of Almancil Schools, Dr. Rui Filipe, and also Adriana Pereira, Teacher of Special Needs Education and who has 6 autistic children benefitting from the AEDA´s sessions.

Many of the volunteers involved in helping with riding for disabled are from a variety of nationalities. Riding for the Disabled Barlavento group was represented by David Hibbert and João Moura from Loulé Riding Club and Existir, plus volunteers from the AEDA all enjoyed meeting Kirsty, who is herself a keen horse lover and rider.

Five youngsters from APPC (the Cerebral Palsy School in Faro) demonstrated their skills on their horses and were presented with some red, white and blue rosettes by the Ambassador.

Another rider, 15 year old Irina Rodrigues, showed her abilities by riding unaccompanied in walk and trot. Irina won the highest number of points in last year´s Special Olympics Championship in Lisbon in the walk trot test and is keen to better her score in the next championship.

A presentation of a framed photo was made  by the ambassador to Bill Glindon, a Brit who has served as a regular volunteer for more years than can be remembered, contributing, as many expats do, to enriching the lives of disabled through this valuable form of therapy.


 

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. 


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 


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! 


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.


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. 


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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