WHY DO I NEED travel insurance?
If you are planning on riding or working abroad with horses you will need a specific travel insurance.
Unfortunately unforeseen emergencies and accidents can happen, so it is important to think carefully about your specific travel insurance needs.
If you already have holiday travel insurance you may find this will not cover you whilst working abroad with horses.
Credit card accident cover, home insurance, EHIC or private health cover is also often not sufficient for the cover you may need, therefore it is important to check this carefully before travelling.
What is Adventures Travel Insurance?
Adventures Travel Insurance is arranged by travel insurance specialists P J Hayman & Company and provides the cover in three parts so if you do have your own travel insurance you can just pick the cover required.
Part A: includes essential cover for medical and emergency expenses up to £10,000,000, specialist activity equipment and up to £50,000 search & rescue costs following an accident, as well as personal accident, personal liability, curtailment (following an accident only whilst you are participating in an insured activity) and legal expenses. All policies include this.
Part B: provides additional cover to bring the policy into line with a ‘standard’ travel policy and includes:- cancellation, personal possessions, personal money and travel delay. An additional premium will apply. **Please be aware, if you already hold travel Insurance you may not need to opt for this addition to the policy**
Part C: Independent Traveller Cover provides extended cover for cancellation/curtailment, delayed departure and travel disruption with the addition of accommodation expenses including if your trip is disrupted by an event such as a natural disaster e.g. volcanic eruption or if the Travel Advice Unit of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) or the World Health Organisation (WHO) or similar body have issued a directive advising against all, or against all but essential travel. An Additional premium will apply. ** Please be aware, if you already hold travel Insurance you may not need to opt for this addition to the policy **
NOTE: You may purchase Part A in isolation.
If you require Part B you must purchase Part A.
If you require Part C you must purchase Parts A & B.
Medical cover is arguably the most important element of any travel insurance policy, if only because of the costs you may face if something should happen without it.
The Consumers' Association recommends that you should have:
- £1 million of medical cover in Europe
- £2 million in the USA and the rest of the World
You may think this seems like huge amount but when you consider the cost of medical care outside the UK it begins to seem very sensible.
||For example, the Foreign and Commonwealth office notes the following costs: - If you got kicked and sustained a head injury, returning you home to the UK in an air ambulance from the east coast of the USA can cost up to £35,000 and if you include emergency medical treatments such as surgery you can see these costs rise considerably
HOW MUCH WILL travel insurance COST?
The Adventures Policy has been specifically tailored for BGA members and members of the Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) only.
You can choose the cover you require, with either the option to purchase either an annual multi-trip policy or if you would prefer a single trip policy specific for the days you are travelling.
Read more about the policy by downloading the Travel Insurance Policy
HOW DO I PURCHASE Travel Insurance?
To access this policy with a special 10% discount, you will need to have your BGA membership number - please check it in your My BGA account area before calling.
So join the British Grooms Association and then call PJ Hayman & Company to arrange your policy. Ensure you are clear as to whether you are a groom or a rider and consider carefully if you need all 3 levels of cover.
Call 02392 419 070 (8.00am to 18.00pm Monday to Friday) and quote ‘British Grooms Association (BGA) ’
A guide on the policy pricing for grooms is as per below*. Each trip abroad is different and thus you will be quoted for your personal requirements:
|| Prices from, including a 10% discount
|| 17 days
| World Wide
| 17 days
*based on a person under 65 years of age, on category 2 risk (manual work - ground level/ no powered machinery) for Part A only.
IF I AM COMPETING ABROAD
Then you will be considered as a rider.
If you are a groom working abroad who predominately grooms, but will sometimes compete internationally then you can purchase your travel insurance under your BGA membership number.
However, if you are predominately a rider then BGA membership is not for you and you must join the Equestrian Employers Association to get the 10% discount on the riders travel insurance policies.
Annual Multi-trips must be no longer than 60 days at a time, for longer trips the P J Hayman Customer Service team will be happy to work with you to get you a policy at the best prices to suit your needs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I am a groom, will it cover me for everything i do as a groom including riding?
Yes, the policy will cover all aspects of non competitive horse riding - ie it will not cover you if you are competing abroad, you will then need to request the horse riding in competition activity option (category 5).
I am a rider, will it cover me for everything i do when i am competing and being around horses?
Yes, the policy will cover all aspects of competitive horse riding, including show jumping, dressage and eventing when the horse riding in competition activity (category 5) option is selected.
what number will i call if i am abroad and need assistance?
If you need medical emergency assistance it is very important that you contact our Emergency Assistance Provider, as detailed within your policy wording on page 10.
will it cover my possessions too?
Yes, If you have purchased Part B cover, the policy includes up to £2000 cover for your personal possessions, with a single item limit of £300 and up to £300 for any personal money. There is an excess of £75 per person.
i'm planning on working abroad for 2 years. Can you help me?
PJ Hayman has access to a number of products, suitable for extended periods of time whilst working abroad. So still contact their Customer Service Team on 023 9241 9070 to discuss a suitable policy for you.
how long will it take for the Travel insurance to be set up?
Cover can start from the moment we have completed the policy with you on the phone and taken payment. All documents are issued via email so you can access them easily when you are abroad.
Can i get these rates if i am not a bga member?
No, these rates with the special 10% discount have been agreed with PJ Hayman & Company specifically for British Grooms Association members and Equestrian Employers Association members.
what about the ehic card?
You may already have the European Health Insurance card (EHIC) and think that this covers you when you are working as a groom in Europe. Things, however, are not as straightforward as many of us think.
||The EHIC does entitle holders to medical treatment in all EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, on the same basis as an “insured” resident of these countries. However, it may not cover all that you would expect to get here under the NHS and you may also have to pay for part of the treatment.
Here you will find at-a-glance details of what you can expect to be charged and what you can reclaim in each of the countries covered by the EHIC. While the EHIC will cover you for medical treatment in state hospitals but there are certain things that are not covered such as emergency medical treatment and repatriation to the UK after an accident.
It is highly recommended that if you are working in Europe you should still have an EHIC Card - apply for one here. (Please note if you reside in the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands you are not eligible for an EHIC).