British Riding Clubs (BRC) is introducing new rules in 2020 regarding Flu Vaccines. From 1 March 2020 it will become mandatory when competing at Area Qualifers and Championships to have a flu vaccination within 6 month and 21 days of the competition. This does not mean vaccinations need to be done every 6 months; it means that the vaccination needs to be within 6 months and 21 days of the competition. For example, if your competition was the 22 September, you would need to have a vaccination after the 1 March (1 March - 1 September = 6months + 21 days = 22 September).
Local clubs remain autonomous and can decide what they will require for their own training and events. So for us, ORC has decided to introduce a policy of requiring an ANNUAL Flu vaccination for all horses and ponies that attend our events in the future. We realise that not all equines will currently have full cover – so for this year we are asking that they have at least started their vaccinations before coming to any ORC run events. You will need to bring proof that the course has started so make sure it’s recorded in their passports, or you can copy / take a photo of the relevant page and send in by email / fb message beforehand.
For horses travelling south, most events now insist on the six monthly vaccine, so ORC strongly recommends the six monthly booster for any horses travelling outwith Orkney.
We realise this is an extra added expense, however there is currently an Equine Vaccine Amnesty on offer where any horse getting their 1st vaccination in January or February, get the 2nd vaccine free. So this is a good time to contact your vets to arrange starting the course. Flett & Carmichael and Northvet are both taking part in the Amnesty.
This also seems a good time to remind everyone about ORC’s QUARANTINE rule regarding NEW horses into the county. All new horses must have undertaken a minimum of 14 days quarantine before coming to any ORC events. This also includes any horses that the new animal has come into contact with in the said first 14 days. As was proved last year, Quarantine, Isolation and good Bio Security measures, prevented a contagious disease from spreading any further.
If you have any questions regarding ORC’s rules/guidelines please ask, and your Vets will be able to give the best advice on vaccines etc.


06 January 2020Forthcoming Dates

A 2020 Calendar will be available soon - once we find some dates to have the Dressage Leagues - but in the meantime here's what's coming up in the near future:

Jan 11/12 - James Munro at Cruan

Jan 11 - Diane Walker Clinic

Jan 18 - Diane Walker Clinic

Jan 25 - Charity Arena Event

Jan 26 - Long Reining

Feb 2 - SJ League

Feb 8 / 9 - James Munro at Cruan

Feb 16 - Terry's Improvers Dressage

Feb 21-23 - David Gatherer

Feb 29 - Charity Arena Event

March 1 - OCDG Event

March 7 / 8 James Munro at Cruan

March 8 - Terry's Improvers Dressage 

March 14/15 - PC Rally

March 21 OR 22 -  Winter Woolies Show

March 28 - SJ League

March 29 - Long Reining 

06 January 20202020 Membership


The new Membership Year started on the 1st of January 2020, so can you please get your membership fee sent in asap. Although the affiliation fees we pay to BRC and Area 22 have gone up, our membership fee is the same as previous years, and we think really good value! (If we say so ourselves!)

The club's new ORC Digital Bank Account is now up and running which means we can now check BACS payments online.

If you want to pay your Membership Fees via BACS then send to: 83-24-07 / 00242281 / Orkney Riding Club.

Please make sure you put MEMBERSHIP as the reference so we can match your payment to your form - and don't forget to email your form to me at: helenfoulis@btinternet.com so I know to add you to the 2020 Membership List. We will confirm your online payment once it's received.

Of course you can still pay by cheque or cash too if you prefer.

06 January 2020Flu Vaccination Rules

There is a new BRC Ruling regarding FLU VACCINATIONS. The statement at the bottom is from BRC which basically means that anyone wanting to compete at any of the Area events on the mainland must be within the six months 21 days ruling - see below.

However at LOCAL LEVEL - ie here in Orkney - it was decided at our AGM that all horses attending any ORC events must have an ANNUAL flu booster.

So if you hope to take part in any of our Riding Club events this year and don't have your horse vaccinated for flu - you should be thinking about getting it started now. If you are starting off a primary influenza vaccination course, the 2nd vaccination must be within 21 to 92 days after the first vaccination, and the 3rd vaccination then 150 to 215 days after the second vaccination. To attend RC events we require that the first two primary vaccinations have been completed. If you have any questions regarding vaccinations then please speak to your Vets.

We will do spot check at our events so make sure that your horse passport is with you as you may be asked for it. However we can also check passports beforehand by email or fb message if you send pictures of the appropriate passport pages. Don't forget vaccinations must be recorded in the passport - it is the owner's responsibility to ensure it's done and correct, not the vet, BRC etc.

We realise this will not be popular with some of you and can only apologise, however at this time we have to follow the advise from BRC HQ.


2020 BRC Rule Change: From 1 January 2020, it will be strongly advised when competing at BRC events to have a flu vaccination within 6 months and 21 days of the competition. From 1 March 2020, this will then become mandatory for Area Qualifiers and Championships only.

IMPORTANT: This does not mean vaccinations need to be done every 6 months; it means that the vaccination needs to be within 6 months and 21 days of the competition. For example, if your competition was the 22 September, you would need to have a vaccination after the 1 March (1 March - 1 September = 6 months + 21 days = 22 September). This rule applies to Qualifiers and Championships only. Whilst we recommend that Clubs also follow this advice for Club activities, they remain autonomous and can therefore decide what they will require for their own training and events.

01 January 2020Market Stance & Riding Centre

To hire the Riding Centre Arena please call Crantit Dairy (01856) 872542, preferably during office hours.  The Riding Centre bookings can be found on the Centre's website. 
All Hirers please note that NO HAYNETS are to be tied up inside the Riding Centre.
ALL POO must be picked up, and there are plastic tubs and gloves provided for the purpose, and the tubs can then be emptied into the trailer outside.
The equipment stored behind the sliding doors and under the kickboards are NOT INCLUDED in the arena hire. The Showjumps, Dressage Boards, WH jumps etc belong to the Riding Club and are NOT for general use. There are poles, blocks & jumpkins up on the side that can be used - all other equipment is off limits for private hires.As well as keeping the indoor arena clean, please make sure that any horse droppings are also picked up from the carpark areas, and if you've used the aisle or kitchen, make sure it's all swept clean, and any cups used are washed and tidied away.
After any event please empty all bins and take home with you to put out with your domestic rubbish, and make sure there is no food left in the fridge.

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