Following the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday regarding a third national lockdown, we can confirm that we will remain closed until we are permitted to reopen.
We will continue to post on our Facebook page as regularly as possible to keep you up-to-date with developments, and to share photos of our beautiful horses who are being loved and cared for by the team.
Please take care, stay safe, and we can’t wait to see you all again in person as soon as it’s possible.
Given the unprecedented rising cases of coronavirus in Milton Keynes, we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily close the Ride High Equestrian Centre to help prevent the spread and to protect lives in our community.
We will be closed from 1st January 2021 for an initial two-week period, at which point we will review the situation and provide an update. Clients will be contacted tomorrow (1/1/21) to rearrange bookings - If you have bookings please DO NOT cancel them on online on EC Pro as you risk losing your credit. Liveries and loans will also be contacted regarding visiting slots. Our horses will continue to be cared for by our dedicated team – we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible.
Following the Government announcement on Saturday 31st October regarding a second lockdown, the Ride High Equestrian Centre riding school must close to commercial clients from Thursday 5th November (00:01hrs) to Wednesday 2nd December inclusive.
Only ‘support groups’ i.e. Ride High charity members, Supported Learners and Sensory Groups may continue to access services. Liveries and loaners will also still be allowed to look after and ride their horses (at pre scheduled times).
If you have bookings please DO NOT cancel them on online on EC Pro as you risk losing your credit. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a note of the lessons you need to cancel and we will do that for you and issue a credit to your EC Pro account. We will be adding slots for January to help accommodate your cancellations and these will be available to book later in the month. Direct Debits for our Pegasus and Unicorn members for November have already been received so we will cancel December payments. If you have any questions regarding cancellations and bookings please contact Reception at email@example.com or 01908 666434.
Lockdown is initially expected to end on the 2nd December, but it is possible that there could be further restrictions imposed after that date. We will continue to keep you closely updated with developments on this page. You can also follow us on Facebook.
We are obviously disappointed to have to close our commercial activity for the time being, but we must do our bit to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The horses will continue to be looked after by our fabulous team.
Following the government announcement on 22nd September, we'd like to remind our clients about the importance of following our COVID policies and procedures and thank you all for observing these rules which help us to keep everyone safe:
- All riders must have masks to wear when they mount and dismount
- Gloves must be worn by leaders and riders
- We can no longer provide whips; all children in levels L3 upwards should have their own
- All beginner riders must be led by a parent or adult from the same household
- All those leading must wear a mask when breaking the distancing rule
- Only 1 spectator per rider
- We also advise spectators wear masks
- No visitor access to the stable yard
- Signs around the site will direct you to your lesson
- One-in-one-out rule applies in Reception, with masks worn at all times
- Sanitizer is provided in the outdoor viewing gallery and at the entrance gate. We suggest bringing your own to use after your lesson.
- Feel free to use the seating in the viewing gallery, but please do sanitize after use – disinfectant is provided in the shelter.
- A limited number of gloves and whips will be available to buy in reception.
The rules are strictly enforced to keep our visitors and staff safe and non-compliance will result in clients not being able to ride.
We continue to operate under a 'new normal' and 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.
Our opening hours are now Monday-Saturday. All activities should now be booked online using our new online ooking system EC Pro. Please note that in order to use the system you first need to register your details. Please click here for more information.
Please see our latest Group lesson timetable (scroll to the bottom of the page) to help you identify a suitable slot before booking on EC Pro. Our October Half-Term Activities will also be released shortly.
If you require any additional information or assistance with booking please contact Reception on 01908 666434 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Reception opening hours are currently Monday-Friday 9AM-1:30PM.
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.