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Updated: 13 July 2020

While the social distancing requirements currently in place mean we are not yet in a position to return to full riding sessions, we are planning for a phased re-introduction for a limited number of participants to take part in riding sessions or pony care sessions 

To do this the Group needs to ensure we can provide a safe environment meeting the guidelines advised by the Government and RDA National.  A number of steps have already been put in place to make this possible and more will follow over the next few weeks.  There will be a series of videos explaining the processes in place. Below is the first video showing the requirements for handling tack and equipment



Updated: 12 May 2020

Below is the RDA National position after this weeks Government announcements:

Following the government’s announcement on Sunday, RDA has briefed its groups around the UK to remain closed. Due to the specific nature of the risk for our clinically vulnerable participants, and the impossible challenge of meeting social distancing requirements in almost all cases, we are advising no change to our current position.
We do expect more information in the coming days about the relaxation of rules around sports and physical activity, and will of course update our advice if necessary, but the safety of our participants and volunteers remains a priority at all times.

We have a team working specifically on preparing our groups for a return to activity as and when the time is right. The timing and manner of that return will vary greatly across the organisation, and we are working with our groups to understand the various challenges they will face in the coming weeks and months so we can give them the support they need.
We know the continued closure of our groups is affecting everyone involved in RDA, not least our participants and their families. We are looking forward to resuming activity as soon as possible – but not before it is safe to do so.

 Updated: 24 March 2020

Following the introduction of more stringent measures to tackle the outbreak of Corona Virus/COVID 19  as announced by the Prime Minister on Monday 23 March we have put in place further measures to reduce the number of people attending the yard.  In addition we have suspended the schooling and hacking of the ponies however they will remain exercised in hand. A summary below

 Pony Care 

  • All ponies to be brought in and checked over daily 

  • All rugs removed  to eliminate the need for handling these 

  • Normal lunch feeds to be given with medications 

  • Hay will need to go out in fields and water checked as usual. 

  • Schooling and hacking have been suspended 

  • Farrier will continue to attend but will do the minimum possible 

  • Vets will continue to be consulted for emergencies


  • The number of volunteers on site must also be an absolute minimum

  • Only volunteers with green cards should be on site 

  • Bearing in mind the schools are closed no children who do not have green cards are allowed on site 

  • Any volunteers who are over 70 and have any underlying health conditions are advised not to come to the yard 

  • Any volunteers who have received the Government letter telling them to stay home for 12 weeks are not be at the yard under any circumstances

For those volunteers at the yard 

  • The Coffee Room should preferably remain closed other than to get the key to the toilet  or if  Session Leaders need access to paperwork.   

  • Once the work is finished volunteers should immediately go home.  There should be no social gathering  

  • Social distancing must be practised at all times (at least two metre separation) 

  • Volunteers must wear own gloves at the yard which are then washed when at home.   

For many volunteers who regularly go to the yard these will be difficult times. However please be assured that the horses will be looked after and as soon as we are allowed to return to normal operations we will.

Updated: 17 March 2020

Regrettably Epsom RDA Trustees decided on Tuesday (17 March) to suspend our riding sessions until further notice. This follows the updated advice from the Government issued on Monday (16) evening and subsequent advice from RDA National. 

This is a decision that has not been taken lightly as we know how important the community at Epsom RDA is to our riders and volunteers. However in current circumstances our first responsibility is to look after the health of our amazing riders and fantastic volunteers.

The Trustees will continue to monitor and review the situation with a view of resuming normal service as soon as it is advisable to do so. 

In the meantime our wonderful volunteers will continue to care for our equally wonderful ponies and our lovely grounds following the protocols set out in the policy document below.

Updated: 16 March 2020

Below is the policy agreed by the Epsom RDA Trustees setting out the management of the Group during the Covid-19 outbreak which  follows the latest advice issued by the Government,the NHS and RDA National. The policy is to be implemented with immediate effect.


20 03 COVID 19 policy Final.pdf


If you are a volunteer, rider, parent/carer or an organisation that rides with us and have any queries regarding the policy and or our operations at this time please contact your Session Leader by the usual route.


The Trustees are continuing to monitor the situation and will update you should there be a need to make any changes to the policy and or our operations.


Thank you for your co-operation during this challenging time