What a way to start the week! I’m so pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with KBIS! Their insurance is absolutely ideal for a yard like mine, covering teaching, schooling and liveries as well as the crucial employer’s liability insurance.
I’ve made a commitment to myself that throughout my career I will only work with companies and brands that I totally believe in and would be the product or service I would choose first for myself and my horses. How can I truly endorse it otherwise? I worked wrote a blog for KBIS during the Europeans and realised that a lot of their clients and followers were people just like me; they wanted to work with an insurance company supporting, understanding and specialising specifically in horses.
After such a great week last week, this one was much more challenging, both mentally and physically. With the Covid-19 epidemic hitting the UK hard the news came out on Monday that all events were to be cancelled until further notice. All Pony Club training was also to be cancelled, cutting off my regular teaching income.
I think everyone in the eventing and wider equestrian circuit had a heavy heart that day, knowing it was the right decision but wondering when the season would restart.
Planning for Covid-19
Should we keep the horses fit or put them on holiday? Personally, I have decided to continue with my training. I see competitions as a checkpoint of training, it confirms that you are moving in the correct direction. Without competitions you can still train and work towards improvement. I suppose it just takes a little more motivation.
Sadly this meant that a lot of my work for the next month or so was cancelled as people no longer needed help with their horses while they were at school and uni. I realised that times were going to be tough and I sadly had to let go of Amelia, my one fabulous member of staff, until things get easier. It was incredibly hard; she has been helping with the horses since I got injured and was as excited as me to finally get into the yard.
Within hours, my boyfriend, who’d changed jobs to be closer to the yard, was made redundant too. He was the last in, and inevitably the first out, with C-19 making an impact on so many businesses. This really added to an already mentally challenging few days. After being so excited to finally get started in the yard, the first half of the week was somber, to say the least.