Updated Coaching Guidance 30/07/20

Statement from Grant Turnbull, Chair of horsescotland 10/07/20

On the 9th July the First Minister announced the move to Phase Three of the roadmap, our guidance is attached. There are a couple of areas within the guidance that I would like to highlight.  


Firstly, it is encouraging that all coaches can now deliver unlimited sessions to under 18's, with each group size being a maximum of six participants. 


horsescotland continues to work with Scottish Government and sportscotland to push for a review on adult coaching. Please bear in mind that coaching is being considered by Government in a sport wide context and not specific to our sector. We continue to highlight that our coaches can work safely whilst adhering to guidance and that the daily limit is having massive economic impact on individuals and businesses. To date, as an equestrian community, we have managed to have coaching discussed in the Scottish Parliament twice but regrettably the First Minister remains reluctant to move away from the household limit. I would encourage everyone to continue to engage with your local MSP to support us in asking for this to be reviewed.


Secondly, we are currently working with the Olympic disciplines, sportscotland and the Scottish Government to get protocols approved for the resumption of equestrian competition in Scotland. We hope to be able to provide further update during the course of next week. 


Grant Turnbull




horsescotland now has guidance (see below) approved by Scottish Government via sportscotland for sporting activity resumption through Phase Two.  The exceptional work of BHS Scotland has also been successful in getting the use of covered arenas endorsed for use from 29th June - this is a great boost for many of our businesses and the economic benefits cannot be understated.

It is recognised that there are many anomalies, and some direct contradictions, arising from Government guidance, particularly between Return to Work and Extension to Exercise policy, both of which are very relevant to our professional coaches and riding centres.  I urge you to look specifically at your own personal or business circumstances, undertake the appropriate risk assessments, check with your insurance provider and, based on your findings, proceed in a way you believe to be correct.  The First Minister herself said last Thursday that the Government cannot provide guidance for everyone's individual circumstances.  I therefore encourage you to make your own decisions and take personal responsibility for doing what is right for you, your business and the safety of others.


Thank you






Here is the Phase One guidance document, which has been prepared following the First Minister's announcement of yesterday. This document identifies measures to be implemented as we move into Phase One of the road map.  


We hope that it assists you in making decisions and judgements which will be specific to your own personal or business circumstances. 


In developing this guidance, horsescotland has been working closely with Sportscotland and the Scottish Government on behalf of the equestrian sector.


Please share this guidance freely around your networks. 



An updated statement from horsescotland Chair, Grant Turnbull


Following my statement of earlier today, attached is the full Resumption Guidance for equestrian competition in Scotland, as approved by Scottish Government and sportscotland. We have worked continuously in the course of the day with our Member Bodies, discipline Chairs and Reps, officials, venues and organisers and we are all in agreement that this is a much needed, and most helpful, move forward.  All disciplines are now working hard to implement the Guidance to meet their individual competitive environments and I urge you, at all times, to work with, not against, what is being done.  No doubt, there will be challenges ahead across the sporting landscape to allow competition to resume in a practical manner, but public health and safety must always be to the fore.  Please support us, and others, by being part of a proactive Scottish equestrian community.


Thank You




Phone: 07815962964

Address: Horsescotland

PO Box 8523  Prestwick

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