Rider Admission and Attendance Policy

Tawny doing Countryside Challenge

  1. All applicants must be at least 5 years of age.
  2. All applicants should weigh less than 12 stone/76 kilos when dressed for riding. To safeguard the health of our horses all riders will be regularly weighed.
  3. All applicants must reside within a thirty-mile radius of Barrow Farm unless there are exceptional circumstances.
  4. When a suitable place is available an assessment will be arranged.
  5. Places will only be offered to applicants who do not ride elsewhere.
  6. Applicants will lose priority if they reject an offer of a place and will only be offered a place two further times.
  7. Riders will be offered the lesson considered the most appropriate at the time and the place will be subject to regular review. The rider may at any time be asked to change lessons or ‘take a break’ from riding if the instructor feels this would be appropriate.
  8. Riders are expected to pay yearly ride fee by monthly standing order. This includes missed lessons due to respite and holidays. Other absences due to medical conditions or adverse weather will be dealt with on an individual basis. Refund of ride fees will be made if the centre has to cancel a ride. Please discuss with us in advance if you wish to vary our usual payment method.
  9. In order to maintain their place, riders are expected to attend every week. If attendance dips below 70% in a rolling year, the circumstances will be investigated and appropriate action taken.
  10. Updated medical information will need to be supplied when required.
  11. Saturday ride places are available to riders aged 19 or below. By the end of the month the rider turns 20 the ride place will cease. Riders can ask to ride mid week subject to availability.