BS Guernsey and Guernsey Equestrian LBG (The Club) is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of all its members and the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty to create strength of character and self-discipline. The Club believes that it is important that members, parents / guardians, officials, volunteers and coaches should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of themselves and of others.
Therefore, members are always encouraged to be open and to share any concerns or complaints they may have about any aspect of the club with the committee.
The Club will continually support a positive experience for members, where they can learn new things in a safe and positive environment. The Club encourages all members, families and friends to encourage the same.
Members have the right to:
- Be safe and happy in their chosen activity.
- Be listened to, respected and treated fairly.
- Be protected from harm.
- Participate on an equal basis, appropriate to their ability.
- Experience competition and the desire to win.
- Be believed and supported.
- Ask for help.
- Have their concerns taken seriously and acted on as appropriate.
As a Member of BS Guernsey, you are expected to abide by the following Code of Conduct:
- Keep yourself safe.
- Do not allow non members to ride Horses or Ponies at the showground or other events organised by or supported by the club, except for Pony Club organised activity
- Immediately report any concerns about safeguarding poor practice / misconduct you may have to the committee.
- Be friendly, supportive and show respect to coaches, officials, your committee and volunteers.
- Be friendly, supportive and show respect to other members, invited quests, visiting riders, members of your teams, and members on opposing teams, and clubs.
- Take care of and show respect to your horses / ponies.
- Take care of club equipment, and report any damage immediately.
- Play fairly and be trustworthy.
- Behave and listen to all instructions given by coaches, officials and volunteers.
- Abide by the rules of the club and the sport, and accept the decisions made by coaches, officials and the committee.
- Politely query a decision you do not understand and listen to the explanation.
- Do not cheat, be rude, violent or aggressive during events or at any other time whilst of the premises.
- Do not use foul or abusive language.
- Refrain from bullying, getting involved in discrimination of any kind, or inappropriate peer pressure. This includes face to face interactions or using social media or other technology.
- Do not possess or consume illegal drugs whilst in attendance at events or whilst representing BS Guernsey.
- Do not criticise officials (including committee members and volunteers), coaches, caterers, members or parents / guardians on social networking sites or other technology.
- If you are under the age of 16, Do not leave an organised event unless accompanied or authorised by your parent / guardian or by a BS Guernsey official.
- It is not acceptable to photograph or video an injured person.
- Driving vehicles on the BSJA Guernsey grounds without an appropriate driving license is forbidden unless authorised by the committee. i.e appropriately trained and experienced grounds persons.
- Members must not ride or be carried as a passenger on any vehicle or trailer that is the property of BS Guernsey club.
- Children under the age of 16 (experienced riders or otherwise) should be supervised at all times whilst on the grounds by an adult suitably experienced in equestrian activities who is over the age of 21.
As a member, please ensure that all non-members, friends or family accompanying or visiting the grounds with you are aware of our code of conduct guidelines and ensure a supportive and friendly environment at all times.
Any minor misdemeanours and general misbehaviour will be addressed by an official or volunteer and reported to the committee or other designated official as appropriate.
More serious or persistent misbehaviour may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the procedures laid down in BS UK and Guernsey rules.