Gradual easing of government restrictions is allowing us to increase our activities at Ride High. All existing clients may now ride and new clients can join us too! However due to restrictions, we are not able to lead, therefore all Levels 0, 1 and 2 clients who need leading, will need to be led by an adult from the same household. Leading isn’t difficult and our team will give you a quick demo beforehand.
We have extended our opening hours again and we are now open Monday – Wednesday and Saturday. Below is the latest timetable. We have also launched a new Summer Activity Programme.
Whilst we continue to return to a ‘new normal’ please be reassured that we are taking all the required health and safety precautions on site to keep everyone safe. Please ensure that you read our ‘Instructions for visiting the Ride High Equestrian Centre during CV-19’ before coming on site.
It’s been wonderful to welcome back some of our clients to the equestrian centre over the last few weeks. Government Policy and Guidelines still mean that activities remain somewhat restricted, but from Monday 15th June we will be working to a new timetable (see below) – with availability for private and group lessons, and hacks – Monday - Wednesday. From 4th July we will reopen on Saturdays (a timetable will follow later this month).
Activities remain restricted to those we are calling ‘currently eligible clients’:
- L4 and above existing clients/Pegasus members who can mount a horse and arrange stirrups and girth without assistance.
- L1, L2 and L3 existing clients who can be confidently assisted by an adult from the same household. The accompanying adult must be able to help mount/dismount, adjust stirrups and girth and lead the pony.
To make a booking please contact Reception on 01908 666434, Monday-Wednesday between 9 and 11AM. If you call outside of these hours please leave a message, but it may take up to 48 hours to respond.
Before coming on site please ensure that you read Instructions for visiting the Ride High Equestrian Centre during CV-19.
The health and safety of our clients and staff remains the most important thing to us and these measures will help us to ensure that we can continue to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing.
We are working hard on how to resume even more activities and will continue to keep you up-to-date with progress.
Timetable as of Saturday 4th July
Following the successful first phase of our reopening, we are now extending the availability of private one to one riding lessons to L4 clients with prepaid lessons owed to them.
Government Policy and Guidelines still mean that we can only run private lessons for a restricted number of clients – these are called ‘currently eligible clients’, and this definition will continue to be reviewed regularly.
Currently eligible clients from 25th May
From Monday we will accept bookings for one to one lessons from both Pegasus members L4 and above, and L4 clients with prepaid lessons owed to them. In both instances clients need to be able to mount a horse and arrange stirrups and girth without assistance.
These measures will help to ensure that we can maintain social distancing. Currently eligible clients please click here for further information. However newly eligible clients will be contacted directly.
We continue to work hard on how to resume further activities and will do so as soon as possible. But for now we ask that that clients (other than eligible clients noted above) and volunteers do not come to the site until further notice. We will continue to keep you updated with progress.
Update from Olivia Sugdon, CEO (14.05.20)
Following the government’s latest guidance on coronavirus we are pleased to announce that we are planning a phased reopening of the Ride High Equestrian Centre.
The health and safety of our clients, staff and volunteers remains paramount so we are reopening in a responsible way that adheres to Government Policy and Guidelines.
With this in mind we will only be able to run certain types of lessons for a restricted number of clients. These will be called “currently eligible clients” and this definition will be reviewed regularly.
Currently eligible clients from 18th May
From Monday we are initially only accepting bookings for one to one lessons from Pegasus members who are L4 and above and are able to mount a horse and arrange stirrups and girth without assistance. These measures will help to ensure that we can maintain social distancing. Currently eligible members please click here for further information.
We are working really hard on how to resume further activities and will do so as soon as possible. But for now we ask that that clients (other than eligible clients noted above) and volunteers do not come to the site until further notice. We will keep in touch with our clients and volunteers about significant changes via email and there will also be regular updates on this page and our social media channels.
Our horses and ponies continue to be well looked after by our core team and we look forward to welcoming you all back to Ride High in the near future.
We are all keen to get everyone riding again and whilst we work towards that we're very grateful for your patience.
Coronavirus Update (24.03.20)
“Following the government’s advice on the need for strict social distancing we are unable to run our regular activities at the Ride High Charity and the Ride High Equestrian Centre.
We are asking all our Ride High members, clients and volunteers not to come to the site until further notice. We will be emailing you with more information about cancelled sessions and any future bookings in the next few days. We will also be posting FAQs on the website and putting out messages on social media. If you haven’t heard from us by 6th April or have further questions please contact us on 01908 666434.
We will restart sessions in the charity and the equestrian centre as soon as the government says that we can safely do so and will update the website when we have more news. In the meantime we want to reassure all of you that the horses and ponies will be well looked after by a core staff team.
These are challenging times for all of us – we are a social organisation and it will be hard not to see the friendly faces of Ride High members, staff, clients and volunteers who are part of the Ride High family. However, we remain optimistic about our ability to weather the storm and in the meantime we send best wishes to you all and our hope that you stay safe and well.”
Olivia Sugdon, Chief Executive.
Last updated: 24/03/20
Following the announcement regarding the closure of schools for most local children, we would like to confirm that the Ride High Equestrian Centre is still open and lessons are running as usual.
We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation and continue to follow Government guidelines in relation to the outbreak. We are maintaining additional cleaning and disinfection measures across the site, including disinfecting reins etc between riders. We also have hand sanitiser and soap and water available on site and would recommend that riders bring a minimum of spectators to minimise the number of people on the yard. We would also like to remind visitors about the importance of good hand and personal hygiene.
If you are displaying any symptoms of Coronavirus or have been directly exposed to the disease, please stay at home. Do not visit the Ride High Equestrian Centre. If you have visited Ride High Equestrian Centre within 14 days of the symptoms occurring, please call the Equestrian Centre on 01908 666434.
The Ride High Equestrian Centre is closely monitoring the situation regarding Coronavirus and continues to follow Government guidelines from Public Health England in relation to the outbreak.
We remain open as usual, with all of our lessons and activities running as scheduled. Should there be any developments clients will be notified directly and updates will be posted on this page.
We are maintaining additional cleaning and disinfection measures and would like to remind all our visitors about the importance of good hand and personal hygiene.
If you are displaying any symptoms of Coronavirus or have been directly exposed to the disease, please stay at home and call NHS 111. Do not visit the Ride High Equestrian Centre. If you have visited Ride High Equestrian Centre within 14 days of the symptoms occurring, please call the Equestrian Centre on 01908 666434.