Member Information of British Showjumping Phased Return of Activity

Friday 22 May 2020

 Member Information of British Showjumping Phased Return of Activity



Following UK Government guidance published on 11th May 2020, British Showjumping are planning for the resumption of activity from 1st June 2020 in England. Please note however that this will be reviewed regularly and could be subject to change in line with further Government advice given.

We will update operating procedures for Scotland and Wales when further updates are received from the devolved Governments allowing resumption of activity. On the re-commencement of British Showjumping activity, the main focus will be on social distancing in order to protect the health and safety of all our members during this pandemic.

We understand that members will be keen to return to British Showjumping activity as soon as it is safe and suitable to do so. Operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, members need to ensure that they are protecting themselves and others by minimising the risk of spreading the infection. Consequently this requires some changes to be made in respect of how British Showjumping activity takes place. This guidance is intended to introduce consistent measures for all, within the government’s recommendations on social distancing.

Please note that British Showjumping guidance will regularly be reviewed and may be subject to change at short notice in line with future Government advice. With this in mind please check the British Showjumping website for any updates prior to travelling to any event.

British Showjumping’s plan and associated timelines for phased return of Showjumping activity are:

  • From 1st June introduction of British Showjumping Training shows, (see BS Training Shows for full details)
  • From 15th June to 5th July – resumption of existing one-day Category One, Two, JFS, Junior or Club shows.
  • From 1st June to 5th July, there are to be no Category 3 shows, multiple-day shows, or national qualifiers.  


Competition details for competitors:

  • During this period members will be advised to only attend British Showjumping activity which is either within the region in which they reside, or at show centres closest to their home
  • Riders may be accompanied by one other person and one additional person for every additional horse entered.
  • At pony shows people in attendance are limited to one adult per child, and one additional person allowed for any additional ponies entered (as per horse shows).
  • All entries and payments to be completed online in advance of the show date. Specific individual timeslots to be allocated on close of entries a minimum of 3 mins per combination. Time to be available 48 hours in advance of the show starting.
  • Any day tickets must be obtained online prior to the close of entries. Free tickets are available for a period of 4 weeks for non-members/un-registered horses. Please note priority entry will be given to members.
  • On arrival at the show, all entries will be checked at gate. No admittance will be given to anyone not on start list. There will be no exceptions.
  • Parking slots will be marked out in accordance with social distancing regulations (minimum of 5m between each slot).
  • Tacking up to take place within the designated parking area
  • A steward will be appointed by the venue to man the practice jumps at all times (No grooms allowed in practice arena)
  • One competitor to be in the ring at any one time.
  • Designated cool down area to be provided. The practice arena is not to be used for cool down.
  • Return to designated parking area to untack and load up prior to leaving the show.
  • No prize-giving will take place on the day and all results will be posted online.
  • Prize money will be awarded via electronic banking where applicable.
  • Social distancing should be adhered to, maintaining a 2m distance between members at all times.
  • Members should wash/sanitise hands regularly
  • Members are reminded that the use of face masks help to reduce the spread of infection and are encouraged. 
  • On site catering is allowed for take-away foods only. Social distancing must be maintained throughout the purchasing and consumption of any food and drink.
  • Travel to a venue should be alone, or with member(s) of the same household and the vehicle should be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis. Prior to leaving the vehicle, and on return to the vehicle, members should follow suitable hand washing protocol.
  • Activity should be planned in order to minimise travel time.
  • Times of refuelling should be minimised and where possible the same service station used each time. Hygiene practices should be followed when refuelling, including the use of gloves and wipes, disposed of appropriately.
  • All visits should be recorded, including petrol stations and any other places visited, to allow for tracking if this is necessary in future.

We would like to say a big thank you to all of you for your support, patience and understanding during this difficult time and we hope that you are looking forward to the resumption of British Showjumping activity. 

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