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Posted by on May 28, 2020 in Newsflashes |

Level 3 Regulations

Level 3 Regulations

Dear SAEF Members

We would like to thank each and every one of you for your patience and understanding during the past 2 months of lockdown. We are grateful that the first steps to normalising our sport have started.

With the announcement made by the Honourable President Cyril Ramaphosa, that South Africa will be going to Level 3 of the lockdown on 1 June 2020, the equestrian community can rejoice in the impact this will have on our industry. The relaxations regarding exercises and businesses have now been confirmed by Min Dlamini-Zuma during her address to the nation earlier today.

The relaxation brings about that:
– Members may go out and exercise their horses at any time of the day between 06:00 and 18:00
– Businesses may re-open e.g. stable yards and riding schools at the discretion of the owner
– One on one lessons may go ahead

Permits will no longer be needed.

Details regarding equestrian shows and events will be released next week by the Minister of Sport and Recreation.

It is imperative to note that all Health and Safety Regulations related to Covid-19 remain intact.

When going to exercise your horse, please:

– Respect the stable yard, its owners and the grooms who look after your horses.
– Do not go to a riding facility if you show any symptoms of COVID-19, or who if you have been exposed to a person with symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, shortness of breath, or fever).
– Stay 2 metres apart from other individuals and do not congregate.
– Wear a face mask while on the premises.
– Wash your hands with hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the stable yard.
– Tack your own horse up and ensure that the tack is wiped down after riding.

At level 3 of lockdown, stable yards may re-open, but it is the prerogative of each stable yard owner to open or not.

Stable yards must however, adhere to all the guidelines set by the Department of Health. This includes screening of temperatures, ensuring hand sanitizer is available, keeping a compliance register, scheduling riding sessions sensibly to prevent gatherings and complying to all the other guidelines set out by the Department of Health.

Lessons may start on a one on one basis. Instructors need to follow the same stringent health and safety regulations.

Herewith a list of documents that may assist Stable Yards in preparation for the move to Level 3 lockdown which can be found on our SAEF website at

– Covid-19 Signage pack for Stable Yards
– Letter of Appointment (Compliance Employee)
– Letter of Appointment (Compliance Officer)
– Compliance Register
Covid-19 resources for Equestrian facilities

We wish all our SAEF members well, stay safe and look after yourself.