Godley Stud Riding School

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Telephone 0161 366 9103

Green Lane, Hyde, SK14 3BD

Covid-19 Update and re-opening

COVID-19 UPDATE – WE ARE NOW OPEN - following the government guidelines

So now the terrific news: Godley Riding School can now take bookings for lessons in a phased and restricted way that conforms with national guidelines, to protect clients and our staff. Lessons will be available from 10am Monday 25th May and we will start taking bookings today. We are still working on these processes and need to be confident in them so we want a little time before lessons to work them through.

The following risk assessed approach (agreed with licensing at the local authority) will be strictly followed:

  • All customers must pre-book lessons or hacks by phone before arriving.
  • All lessons & hacks must be paid for in full by bank transfer or Paypal before attending Godley Stud. We will only take bookings from clients who are fit and well and non-symptomatic.
  • At present, we are only able to offer private lessons, solo hacks and semi-private lessons and hacks for members of the same household. We do not plan to offer group lessons until it is safe to do so. The guidelines are clear that you can only meet with one person outside of your own household.
  • At this first stage we can only accept bookings from competent riders who can check their own girths/stirrups and mount independently for their lesson/hack. Staff will wash/disinfect tack before they return horses to their stables at end of each lesson/hack.
  • Should your situation change between booking a lesson and the lesson day we will accept cancellations with no fee providing we have a minimum of 24 hours notice. Late notice or non attendance will be liable for the full cost.
  • All riders should wear their own hats/clean gloves and must make use of our sanitising facilities upon arrival. We have very limited hats which are not guaranteed to be available due to the disinfectant regime they must go through. Riding hats have to comply with the relevant standard. The details can be found on the link on the post we shared yesterday. You must wear boots to ride as is one of our standard terms and they must be disinfected after use.
  • Only one spectator per lesson will be permitted, and they must be from the riders household. They must stay at the side of the paddock in the marked area.
  • On arrival at Godley, please stay in your car until we have cleared any earlier lesson and your instructor will invite you to come to the paddock. If you arrive on foot, please wait at the end of the drive by the board to be invited to the paddock. When walking on or off the yard, keep left to allow safe passing.
  • All lessons/hacks will be strictly risk assessed and kept within rider’s competence, we will not be offering jump lessons or lunge lessons at this time. To start with, we will not be offering lead rein lessons and when we do, parents will be required to lead, with guidance given. This may be some time away.
  • By booking a lesson you have acknowledged that you have read and accepted these conditions - please download a Covid-19 Riders Agreement Form at the link above.
    • We hope customers understand that we will be extremely cautious as it is critical to conform to government guidelines, to do our utmost to prevent the spread of Covid -19 and to stay alert, protect the NHS and save lives. You safety, and our own, is very important to us.

      Thank you for all your support, and look forward to welcoming you all back x

      How are we working hard to keep our riders safe?

      πŸ¦„ Hand sanitiser available upon arrival
      πŸ¦„ One spectator allowed from your household
      πŸ¦„ We’ve asked riders to bring their own safety equipment (hat, clean gloves, whip etc.)
      πŸ¦„ Riders have been asked to wait in the car until further instruction is given
      πŸ¦„ One horse will be handled by one member of staff in order to prevent cross contamination
      πŸ¦„ All staff will wash their hands before and after handling a horse
      πŸ¦„ A 2 meter distance will be maintained throughout your visit
      πŸ¦„ Cash free payments
      πŸ¦„ Every saddle cover and saddle cloth will be washed after every use
      πŸ¦„ Tack will be disinfected and cleaned after every use
      πŸ¦„ Gates and paddock fencing will be disinfected frequently and we ask you not to touch them
      πŸ¦„ Riders who have developed any symptoms, either themselves or a household member, since booking have been urged to cancel their lesson.

      If you are worried or unsure about any of the measures taken, please get in touch with us and we can answer any queries.


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