Why become a member?
The APSPH is about help, support and education for all involved with the hiring of polo ponies. The board of directors work hard to make sure that the voice of polo pony hirers are heard on subjects that matter.
We are often asked – what do I get for my membership? Well, we may not be making your feed bill smaller or you staff wages less complex, but we have made sure that when the Government decided to change the way your business is regulated and licenced that the law worked for you. Since 2016 the APSPH has fought alongside many other equestrian bodies to ensure that the new REL regulations and law didn’t exclude our specialist sport. Without this hard work it could have meant many small polo pony hire businesses would have been unable to licence their establishment.
We do also strive to provide as many useful resources and benefits in addition to our government level negotiations to make as much of what you do to hire out your wonderful ponies as straight forward as possible.
We are always on hand, on the phone or email to provide assistance wherever possible to our members.
We strive to be inclusive – if you don’t have your licence we will support you in whatever way we can to help you to get one. We have done this with many polo schools and pony hirers since 2013.
We are here to help you, not hinder you, so if you have a question abut what and why we do what we do get in touch. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
How to Become a Member
- Apply to your local authority for a Riding Establishment Licence
- Ensure you have a valid insurance policy. Public liability to £5 million and employers liability to £10 million.
- Fill out the application form.
- Send us the completed form along with the membership fee in an email with scanned copies of your membership form and Riding Establishment Licence to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The £200 annual membership fee can be sent to us along with your application form or can be paid by bank transfer.
The Association of Polo Schools & Pony Hirers Ltd
c/o Cool Hooves Polo Ltd
North Street, Winkfield
Sort code: 56-00-68
Account no: 37961454
Members Code of Conduct
By completing your membership form and submitting the required paperwork you are agreeing to the terms and conditions of membership as set out in the Members Code of Conduct.
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Members Benefit Partners
Equestrian Employers Association – Automatic Membership
In September 2017 the British Grooms Association (BGA) launched the Equestrian Employers Association (EEA), in a move which for the first time, saw equestrian employers have their own dedicated organisation.
The BGA has always had the ‘support of employers’ as one of its aims, although the original support portal for employers, called the Employers Zone, sat within the BGA website. The increasing number of employers regularly contacting the BGA and asking a wide range of questions highlighted the need for dedicated support.
All APSPH members have automatic membership to the EEA and all of their resources.
Lycetts – 12.5% Discount
We have in depth experience of both the equine and racing industry here at Lycetts, which enables us to advise on any aspects of equestrian related insurance. The policies we are able to offer are wide ranging and our staff are able to arrange cover for equine businesses and property, as well as horses themselves.
The nature of equestrianism means that we are used to dealing with a range of clients, from those individuals who may be involved in horses through their children, to multi million pound businesses in the racing and breeding industry… if it involves a horse, the chances are we can help with it!
RJ Polo – 5% Discount and free tack checks
RJ Polo supply the finest Polo equipment. As one of the leading Polo retailers they offer bespoke equipment, gifts, tack and repairs. Ensuring you are supplied with the finest Polo equipment for both player and horse – if you can’t see it here on our online shop, please give us a call to discuss your needs.
Based in Cirencester, RJ Polo travel all around the UK and you will find them at all the major Polo events. Amongst our products are: Polo gloves, boots, helmets, pads, bits, bridles, saddles and fittings, bandages, boots, headcollars, Polo goggles, Polo bags, Polo clothing, mallets and balls, Argentine Polo belts and Polo whips. Richard formerly of Roxtons Polo, has created RJ Polo Ltd to cater for the needs of the polo crowd. Richard has been working within polo for 25 years, he is a qualified master saddler and highly specialized in fitting polo saddles.You can find many of the known brands that were carried before, and also new products for you to enjoy.
RJ Polo offer 5% discount on any in stock online purchases and free tack checks (subject to location and availability – please contact RJ Polo for more information).
Medi-K First Aid Training – 10% on course bookings
First Aid training for Polo Schools and Pony Hirers from Medi-K who offer 1,2 & 3 day Equine specific first aid courses at your polo establishment/yard. Dispelling the myths around Helmet Removal, Casualty Movement and a what it takes to actually SAVE A LIFE and a WHOLE LOT MORE! Our highly specialised regulated courses give you the skills, confidence and knowledge necessary to provide immediate and critical first aid to a rider who has been injured/become unwell.
We offer regulated qualifications by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) ensuring your riding establishment is compliant with REL & HSE first aid requirements. We attend yards/riding establishments, we don’t mind getting dirty, we thoroughly enjoy the horsey chatter & we most importantly we make first aid fun. Oh, and we work around you and your horses schedules.
Call us to arrange one – get your polo club or a bunch of riders together and we can get over to deliver your own course! To retrieve your 10% discount quote code ‘Gold Standard’ when booking.
Westgate Labs – 5 free WEC tests and commercial rates
Westgate Labs is a family business, founded by husband and wife David and Gillian Booth. Since 1999 Westgate has been leading the field in helping horse owners to manage the parasite control of their horses and other grazing animals.
The laboratory offers a quick, easy to use, great value postal worm count service that enables carers and keepers to target the wormers given to horses and keep them as healthy as possible. The tests are backed up by veterinary approved advice through friendly education and support from our inhouse vet and the Westgate team of qualified AMTRA SQP’s (Suitably Qualified Professionals certified to prescribe and give advice on worming through the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority).
We support thousands of people in this way to manage the worm control of their horses and other grazing animals in line with advice from the British Equine Veterinary Association.
Hurlingham Polo Association – Provisional Affiliation
DEFRA – We work with their Animal Licensing Team
Direct.gov – Use this link to find your local district council; https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council
The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons – we work with their REL Sub Committee