Course Planning and the Coronavirus


As, no doubt, everyone is aware, the coronavirus has disrupted equine events as much as any other. Here at Sabots Libres, we have felt the effects, partially in relation to our trimming activities but particularly in relation to our course programme.

We would like to thank everyone who has contacted us this year, especially since the virus reared its ugly head in March. As we have explained, with so many uncertainties it was considered too risky to organize any group courses – initially because on confinement, subsequently because of restrictions on group numbers and finally because of restrictions upon travel (many of our students are from the UK). Clearly we are not out of the woods yet — last Saturday, 15 August, saw the (re-) implementation of a quatorzaine for people travelling between the UK and France. This effectively means losing 28 days of mobility just for a couple of days in another country…

As a result of all this upheaval, we have decided to abandon any attempts to put any conventional courses into place for the rest of 2020, but we are looking to another format for our courses. For some considerable time, we have been examining the possibility of going online –at least for the theory part– and our two short videos issued during confinement clearly showed that there is a certain amount of interest.

Another possibility that we have been exploring is the bespoke course. This has already shown signs of success post-confinement. Nevertheless, with international travel restrictions, this possibility currently remains limited to France and neighbouring countries where free-travel is still possible

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