Nidd Valley Riding Club are a small friendly club and we want you to enjoy your time with us. So, below you will find some useful information that we think will help.

What we do at Nidd Valley Riding Club

We provide lessons/competitions in a safe and welcoming environment. (You do need to be a member to take part in lessons, so head over to our Membership pages for more information).

We understand that sometimes you’ve booked on a lesson and then you can’t make it (Dobbin threw a shoe again!). We don’t refund for your cancellations unless we have a waiting list or you find a replacement to take your lesson.

However we will refund you, if the club cancels the lesson when matters are beyond our control, for example, bad weather or the instructor is unavailable. We will endeavour to reschedule the lessons where possible

Area 4 Qualifiers and Championships

You must be a member for at least three weeks before you can participate in Team events.
If you want to compete in the Area 4 team/individual qualifiers, you must also be available to represent the club at the Championship for that event, if the rider/team qualifies. This information will be posted on the AREA 4 web page.

At Area 4 competitions requirements for tack, saddlery, dress, flu vaccinations and eligibility requirements can be found in the latest BRC handbook.  The complete handbook can be downloaded from the BRC website at www.bhs.org.uk.

In the event of the team competition being cancelled, we will try to obtain a refund for entry fees incurred by the members. In some cases, a full refund may not be granted by Area 4.

If a Team(s) or individual(s) qualify for British Riding Clubs Championships, the committee will agree on the subsidy to the members to help with their expenses when attending the Championship – this can differ for each competition as there are many contributing factors. You may have to provide a volunteer to help at the Championship, in order for you to compete.

If you compete at an Area 4 qualifier you will be required to volunteer at a club or Area 4 event at a different time of the year. A committee member will contact you regarding date/ times for volunteering.

Club communication and Behaviour

We will take on board constructive feedback, and will investigate any complaints you have and work with you to find a solution. We will try to be clear, polite and helpful with our communications.

We will keep our members up to date with everything we do through our website, our members’ emails, Facebook and of course face to face at our many activities.
We reserve the right to cancel an individual’s membership for any misconduct and the Chairperson’s decision is final.

Age
Horses and ponies can take part in our activities as long as they are at least 4 years old from 1 January of the year of the activity. So don’t bring your excitable youngster along just yet! You must be 18 or over to become a member. There is no upper age limit, so let’s hope we are all riding into our 80’s.

Conduct
We expect you to be courteous and considerate at all times, to our team, our instructors, and other riders and horses. Be mindful and respectful.

We do not tolerate bad behaviour and will ask you to leave the lesson/competition if you’re abusive, threatening or in any other way inappropriate (but we don’t mind if you swear when you fall off). We do not tolerate bullying or harassment of any kind. We will also ask you to leave the lesson/competition if you do not show consideration to your horse (for example excessive us of whip), or your horse is a danger to other horses or people. So be nice, please.

Booking a lesson

The following Social Distancing Guidlines apply whilst the Coronavirus continues to be a major concern:
If attending a lesson please:

  • Only pay by bank transfer prior to the lesson, cash or cheques will not be accepted on the day. So that lesson payments run smoothly and to make ‘life a bit easier for for our treasurer please could use your instructor name in the reference when you make online payments to Nidd Valley.
  • Please then send an email back to your lesson organiser to confirm payment of the lesson.
  • Refunds will not be issued if a member cancels, but we will refund members if the club cancels the lesson eg instructor not available.
  • Do not attend if you feel unwell, have a temperature or cough.
  • Please park responsibly so when unloading you can remain 2 metres away from the vehicle next to you.
  • We will not be providing the usual tea coffee facilities.
  • You MUST use hand sanitiser before touching gates or fences, please bring your own supply, or wear clean washed gloves.
  • Unless there is an emergency you MUST stay 2 metres away from your instructor and other members and their horses AT ALL TIMES.
  • Please don’t use the indoor school or enter the livery yard, lessons are in the outdoor school during fine weather.
  • Toilet facilities at Jodphurs Riding Centre can be used but please use the disinfectant spray to wipe off taps, handles etc. if you have touched them and dispose of the cloth in the bin provided.
  • Please collect your horses droppings after the lesson, at Jodphurs there will be a wheel barrow left out near the school to put the droppings in.
  • Please don’t bring spectators to watch your lesson without prior permission from the organiser.
  • Please leave the premises as soon as your lesson has finished.

You can only book onto lessons once the email comes out to members from the committee.

If you want to make a booking for a club lessons it is only secure once you have made the payment .
If you then can’t make the lesson you should let the committee member know, who is running the lessons as soon as you can, as we may be able to find a replacement. (If a replacement is found, you can be refunded – if not, the payment stands).

You need to provide us with your mobile number and an emergency contact number when you book onto lessons.

It’s your responsibility to ensure you arrive to your lesson, tack up and be ready to go at your allotted time, we can’t hold lessons up if your late.

If your horse decides to poop in the car park please pick it up. We needn’t tell you that leaving droppings around is not good etiquette.

Do not leave your horse unattended when tied up outside your horsebox. At Jodphurs Equestrian Centre the proprietor does not allow hay-nets to be hung outside your horsebox.

When coming to lessons please bring your horses passport with you please make sure the vaccinations are up to date. There are no exceptions to this. Jodphurs have a 12 month vaccination policy, but at different venues this may be 6 months so it’s best to check first. No claim can be made against the Club if you are turned away from lessons/competitions.

Anything hazardous must be reported to a committee member, and we expect you to abide by health and safety rules and not put yourself or others in harm’s way.

For the latest information on riding hats, body protectors, permitted tack (for competitions) please click on the link below – this is the British Horse Society’s standard.
https://www.bhs.org.uk/advice-and-information/tack-and-equipment/what-to-wear

Useful Documents

NVRC Privacy Policy
Health and safety policy
The Nidd Valley Riding Club Constitution