To celebrate the British Horse Society’s Ride Out UK Month, taking place nationwide this May, the Isle of Wight committee is launching a “photo show” style competition. The idea is to give people an easy way to join in throughout the month, without the need to make it to a specific venue or on a specific date. Riders can take photos whilst on their regular hacks and everyone can enjoy sharing the pictures. The only real requirements are that people are safe and off-road when they take their pictures!
There are seven categories in which photos can be entered, and a panel made up of members of the Island committee plus the BHS Regional Manager will choose a winner from each. Rosettes will be presented to the winners in each category.
The categories are:
- Best “between the ears” photo
- Best farm or woodland scene
- Best wildlife photo
- Best hi-viz
- Best group picture
- Best hacking hound
- Most bridleway signs photographed by one rider – take a selfie or have your photo taken for you with as many bridleway sign posts as you can during the month.
Entry to the competition is free, open to all, and riders can enter as many times as they wish.
To take part, email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a copy of the entry form.
Rules of entry:
The BHS strongly encourages riders to wear hi-viz at all times when hacking out, both on- and off-road. Donations to the BHS Paths for Communities Fund are warmly welcomed at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bhspathsforcommunities
1) Anyone mounted must be wearing a correctly fastened riding helmet to approved standards, and appropriate footwear and clothing. Horses/ponies must be wearing bridles and saddles. Entries will not be accepted from anyone not meeting these conditions.
2) All photos must be taken off-road, either on appropriate public rights of way or on private land which the riders have permission to ride across.
3) Riders should ensure they do not inconvenience other users of public rights of way when stopping to take photos.
4) Entrants must ensure they have the permission of all people in the photograph for it to be used and published online before entering it in to the competition.
5) Submitting a photograph to the competition gives consent for it to be published on the website and Facebook page of BHS South (www.bhs.org.uk/south and www.facebook.com/BHSSouth).