FAIR OAK CROSS COUNTRY and SHOW-JUMP SCHOOLING ROUNDS
Our cross country course is open all subject to the Governments guidance and all Covid 19 measures must be followed at all times
The Good news is we can now reopen our cross country course as of this Saturday 16th May.
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) statement https://www.britishequestrian.org.uk/news/british-equestrian-s-stance-on-riding-and-coaching-reviewed, or see lower in the page
We have now further reviewed our procedures for the hire of our cross country course and for the time being in order to remove the need for face to face contact, all bookings for the cross country hire will be done on line which will include the agreement to our hire terms and conditions disclaimer. Two hourly Slots are available and are limited in numbers. Social distancing must be maintained at all times whilst using the course and in order to avoid close contact.
Our course is available for individual and group schooling sessions.
WE ARE (subject to weather conditions) OPEN FOR SCHOOLING
OPENING TIMES: Middle of March until end of 31st October all subject to ground conditions.
Summer times (May-August); Monday-Saturday 8.00am-8pm, Sunday 8.00am-8.00pm
Spring/Autumn (March/April/September/October); Monday-Saturday 8.00am-7.30pm, Sunday 8.00am-7.30pm
We are also open Bank Holidays as per times above. We are closed for the day and a half before each event run at Fair Oak to allow for preparation of the course (see our Events Dates).
- The cost for the Cross Country is £27 per horse .
- The cost for the use of the show-jumps is £10 per horse per hour.
TO MAKE A BOOKING PLEASE READ BELOW
If you would like to school around our xc course please use our online booking facilities. All bookings must be done online and in advance only and you can book using our Secure Online Entry System.
To book the course, first find the date and click on the event name in the listing below. The booking will open in a new page, chose the time you wish to come via the purple entry button at the top of the page. If you experience any difficulties making a booking or would like support please call 07798 626075 of MyRidingDiary.
If the Purple Icon isn’t visible, it is because the course is fully booked for that day or closed for other reasons. Bookings for the course are be made in 2 hourly slots between the hours of 8am and 8pm 7 days a week.
In order to minimise the number of people on the course at any one time you are asked whereever possible to use the course during your time slot. The number of users per time slot is limited. If you are going to overshoot your timeslot unless the course is very busy that is not a problem please call us 07836 220385
In order to complete a booking you will be required to accept our terms and conditions disclaimer. The cost for schooling is £27 per horse plus the booking fee of £1.50. Payment is secure and it goes directly to Fair Oak. You will receive an email confirmation of your booking and payment.
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT THEN PLEASE SEND US AN EMAIL AT INFO@FAIR-OAK.CO.UK AND WE WILL PROVIDE BANK DETAILS
IF YOU NEED TO CHANGE THE BOOKING DUE TO THE WEATHER OR OTHER REASONS PLEASE EMAIL US AS SOON AS YOU KNOW AND WE WILL BE ABLE TO TRANSFER YOUR BOOKING TO ANOTHER DAY.
PLEASE NOTE the show jumps are also available for hire please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request
Please note at this time the toilet facilities will not be available.
Please put a copy of your booking in the windscreen of your lorry so it can be clearly seen.
If you need to change the date of your booking for any reason please email us and subject to availability we can do this no problem.
Should a refund be made it will unfortunately not include the booking fee or Paypal fees as neither are refunded to us.
On arrival please park on the left side of the drive. All schooling is subject to our terms and conditions. A copy of our disclaimer for use of the course is xccdisclaimer2020.pdf
WE ARE SORRY BUT DOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE COURSE AT FAIR OAK.
SCHOOLING AT FAIR OAK CROSS COUNTRY COURSE UNDER COVID
The use of the course is subject to all participants following the Government guidelines applicable at the time of use and in conjunction with the BEF guidelines as agreed with the government departments.
The full BEF guidelines are set out below with a link to their webpage.
If the rules are followed then the risk of catching or passing on Covid-19 can be kept very small, the course is set in 60 acres of land so social distancing is not an issue.
On arrival all vehicles should park with distance from other users.
Parking -. Lorries must be the following distances apart: a) 10m apart if allowing tying up of horses on both sides b) 5m apart if allowing tying up of horses on one side c) 3m apart as the minimum allowed, and with no tying up of horses permitted
Users do not need to come to the house to sign in as acceptance of our terms and conditions was done when you booked online, the terms are set out again at the bottom of this assessment.
Riders and Support to bring their own PPE – Mask, Gloves and Hand Sanitiser. For use in situations where social distancing is not possible (retrieving injured or loose horse, for example).
In most cases the course use is limited to around 10 riders per two hour slots and where larger numbers are expected such as Pony Club and Riding Club rallies and camps then it is the requirement of the organisers to make sure that the BEF guidelines on the number in each group are followed and social distancing is followed. If other users are booked in on the same day as rallies then they will be asked to park in a separate area of the front park and to also keep their distance.
Please note at this time the toilet facilities will not be available.
Where the toilet facilities are provided for rallies then the organisers are responsible for any additional Covid19 prevention guidelines being followed. Laundered towels, toilet paper and hand sanitisers will be provided at the outset and the facilities will be cleaned at the end of the booking but any intermediate requirements are down to the organisers of the event.
If Show-Jumps are used then strict protocols should be used for the handling of the poles, where possible only one person should be used for the moving of the poles and they should wear gloves, hand sanitiser is provided at the entrance . At the end of any session all the poles and cups must be put up and the poles left at 80 -90cm for the next person.
Where a booking was made online then Please put a copy of your booking in the windscreen of your lorry so it can be clearly seen.
WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY
Following a nasty fall a few years ago requiring an air ambulance (the rider fully recovered), we think that it is important that we all learn from the experience.
- People schooling must be accompanied by at least one adult who should have a mobile phone on them in case of an emergency.
- If you need to call an ambulance dial 999 and explain what the problem is and state that you are at Fair Oak Cross Country Course Habyn Hill Rogate Near Midhurst. GU31 5HR. Our Grid Reference is SU813 226,
If the operator asks you for a reference using the app WHAT3WORDS then the answer for half way up our drive is decisions.sharpened.assumed
- Call us on 01730 821508 or Piers on 07836 220385 or Elizabeth on 07747 618795 to alert us of the problem and the exact location. We cannot guarantee you that the phone will be manned but generally there is someone around.
- If there is a spare person they should go to the bottom of the drive to show the ambulance the way in and where the injured party is. This is particularly important if the injury has taken place in the back or bottom field.
- Try to stay calm and give clear instructions of the situation and your location it can save valuable time.
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) statement https://www.britishequestrian.org.uk/news/british-equestrian-s-stance-on-riding-and-coaching-reviewed, has given us further details following the Government's statement last weekend.
What does this mean to equestrianism?
For all home nations, the following should be observed when carrying out any activity:
- All activity must be outdoors
- All should observe the relevant guidance on health, hygiene and physical distancing (two metres in all cases)
- Everyone involved should be responsible for implementation of guidelines that ensure their safety
- Coaches, venues and equestrian centres should carry out COVID-19-specific risk assessments and check with their insurance providers before any activity convenes. They should communicate regularly with their clients regarding all risk management measures and guidance in place so all parties understand what they will be required to follow.
In the four home nations, as of 1 June, the situation is:
- Riders/drivers – groups of six people from separate households can now ride together, or five plus a coach. Riders and drivers can responsibly exercise horses outside, anywhere where there is legal access.
- Coaches – can now teach groups of five people from separate households in a session held in an outdoor facility or training venue.
- Venues – groups of six people from separate households can now ride together in outdoor spaces, or five plus a coach.
Click here to read the Government's guidance to the public on the phased return of sport and recreation activities.