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Posted by Corinne Wilson on 05/08/2020.



Equestrian Victoria is still awaiting formal government advice re travel and care for horses under COVID-19 Stage 3 and Stage 4 Restrictions. We will update our community as soon as that advice is formalised. In the meantime, please be aware of the following for COACHES.


From 11:59 PM on Wednesday 5 August, coaches and trainers resident in Stage 4 must work from home and use online and video conferencing facilities to deliver their coaching and training. The exception to this rule is if the coach/trainer is providing services to a rider/s already within their household.


Coaches may continue to coach outdoors and those receiving instruction can only do so with one other person or household member, and only under the following conditions:

  • Coaching may take place at private and/or agistment facilities or at Outdoor Facilities if there are no safe areas at the private facility and those Outdoor Facilities meet the following conditions:
    – public gathering and physical distancing limits (1.5 metres and only with one other person or household members) can be adhered to
    – there is no use of shared equipment or communal facilities.
    – For outdoor facilities that meet the requirements above and where access is controlled by a club, a booking system is required to be in place to ensure that all restrictions are met.
  • You can go horse-riding with members of your household or one other person, plus an instructor if required. You should not travel further than you need to, and you should horse ride at the closest available location to your home.
  • Those receiving instruction should NOT travel outside their local area nor travel distances for coaching. The movement of persons should be kept local. The floating of horses to coaching facilities outside your local area for training is considered non-essential travel.
  • Coaches may not travel into a Stage 4 area to coach.
  • You must be able to keep 1.5m distance between yourself and others
  • Strict hygiene practices must be practiced
  • Any shared essential equipment such as gates, jump wings, dressage arenas etc should be sanitised before and after use. Sharing of equipment such as helmets gloves and whips is not permitted.

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Matthew Brown
Chief Executive Officer - Equestrian Victoria


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