Covid guidance and instructions for attendees
  • All entries and payments can only be accepted online in advance of the show.
  • Entries are limited to one entry per combination.
  • Specific individual time slots are allocated. A minimum of 3 minutes per combination. Times will be published on the website in advance of the show as stated on the schedule.
  • Any change of entries must be notified before close of entries. Withdrawals will be refunded up to the close of entries.
Health Checks
  • If any competitor, or anybody in their household, is showing symptoms of Coronavirus, they must not attend any NSEA event. On the morning of the competition, prior to departure, there should be the following simple health check conducted.
  • Take the temperature of everybody in the household. If anybody has a temperature of over 37.8 degrees, then please seek medical advice and do not attend.
  • Is anybody in the household quarantined because of foreign travel to a country which is not exempt? If so, please do not attend.
  • If anybody in the household has any of the following symptoms then please seek medical advice, and do not attend: A persistent cough; A loss of taste or smell; A temperature.
Regional Lockdowns or Regulations
  • If any competitor lives, or stables their horse, in an area which has been made the subject of a specific geographical lockdown then please do not attend an event
  • If the event is located within an area which is subject to specific conditions, we will review those, and may cancel an event at short notice if required to do so.
  • If the competitor’s school is located in an area which is subject to specific conditions, even if the competitor lives outside that area, if they have physically attended the school in the two weeks prior to.
  • For competitors who live near near borders between England and Wales, or England and Scotland, please be mindful of the potentially differing rules once you cross a border, and familiarise yourself with those rules.
At the Show Centre
  • One person per squad should take charge of ensuring social distancing to ensure that everybody keeps their distance. They should familiarise themselves with one-way systems and protocols specific to each venue which will be available. Regular reminders will need to be given as it is easy to forget things when both on, and off, a horse. Remember to avoid sharing equipment. Household groups - or bubbles - should be maintained when moving around and please follow show centre instructions.
  • There are not catering facilities available at this competition
  • Avoid touching surfaces like jumps or rails, and follow instructions given by show centres.
  • No spectators or supporters will be permitted. Just one parent/carer per competitor is encouraged wherever possible.
  • Do not forget to use hand sanitiser on arrival. Show centres will be providing this, but if there are shortages it is obviously sensible to bring your own which should be used regularly. Practise good hand- hygiene as often as possible throughout the day; show centres will all have soap and hot water available.
  • Any person at the event who becomes unwell should immediately isolate with their household, and if necessary should seek medical attention from the Paramedic team in attendance at NSEA events.
  • Please do not stay longer than is necessary for the competition. ARRIVE, COMPETE, LEAVE, in order to minimise the number of people at a show centre at any one time. All results will be published online.
  • If breaches of this protocol are brought to the attention of show organisers, they will be permitted to demand the entire school’s team leave the show centre, and may eliminate competitors. The NSEA will then consider whether to allow that school or competitor to compete in future competitions.
At the Show Centre


  • On arrival at the show, all entries will be checked at the gate.
  • Full contact details of rider and supporters will be recorded for Trace and Trace.
  • There will be no exceptions.
  • Parking spaces are marked out in accordance with social distancing regulations.
  • Providers of commercial transport must remain with the vehicle and take no part in the equestrian activity.
  • Horse are not permitted to be tied up outside your vehicle.
  • Prior to leaving your vehicle, and on return to the vehicle, you should follow suitable hand hygiene protocol.
Social distancing and hygiene
  • Social distancing must be adhered to please maintaining at least a 2m social distance at all times.
  • The use of face masks and other mitigation should be used to help to reduce the spread of infection and are encouraged. 
  • All attendees should follow suitable hand hygiene protocol regularly. Do not share tack or equipment.
  • Tacking up to take place within the designated parking area.
  • Currently there are no onsite catering facilities.
  • Currently dogs are not permitted on the site.
  • Please bring your own water for your horse.
Warming-up and competing
  • There will be published course walk times for each class.
  • Masks to be warn during course walks.
  • You are only permitted to warm-up 15 minutes before your competition time.
  • You are only permitted to warm-up 15 minutes before your competition time. Please don't come early, if you do in order to maintain social distancing in the warm-up we will have to turn you away.
  • A steward will be appointed to man the practice jumps at all times (No supporters, helpers grooms are allowed in warm-up arena).
  • The squad leader and your supporter may watch from the outside of the warm-up and from the walkway of the main arena.
  • Please return to designated parking area to wait between classes, untack and load up prior to leaving the show.
  • No prize-giving will take place on the day and all results will be posted online.
Updated 26/12/2020
  • Subject to change at short notice.
  • Thank you to NSEA for the work they have undertaken with the government to develop protocols to permit our sport to commencing operating.