We want a world where every horse is properly protected and cared for. All that we do goes towards improving the lives of equines, and helping riders and owners to get more from their relationships with them. We cannot do this without income, and as a charity we rely on the kindness of the public and our members to raise the funds vital to our work.
Organising an event is an exciting and rewarding experience that raises awareness and, of course, profits for our cause. Our members have endless imagination and we help them in any way we can.
But you don’t have to have loads of time or boundless energy to help horses. Even just by insuring your horse with SEIB or becoming a member, you can raise money - and every penny counts. The more funds we raise, the more we can improve the lives of equines nationwide.
Ride for access
Help us to save your bridleways
We know how important hacking is to both leisure and training. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to find safe off-road riding, so we have made it our mission to fight for your rights.
The British Horse Society Access Week takes place in May. During this week Society staff and volunteers hold events to raise awareness and raise vital funds for equine access issues – although fundraising access rides can be held at any time of year.
Why we need to campaign
We represent equestrians in all sorts of ways, from leaflets and posters through to appearing in court to fight for rights of way, costing up to tens of thousands of pounds. Unfortunately, we can’t do this without funding.
Riders can only access 22 percent of public rights of way - and carriage drivers are even worse off, having access to only five percent. We hope that it is obvious to everyone that something needs to change to protect bridleways, now and in the future.
How you can help
To help us continue protecting your bridleways, we are encouraging riders and carriage drivers nationwide to hold a ‘Ride for Access’. By involving your friends and family, you can raise awareness and the much needed funds to help our Access Fighting Fund.
How you can ‘Ride for Access’
You can apply for a Ride to Access pack, containing invitations for ten or more friends to go for a hack or carriage drive. We suggest that every participant donates £10 to the Access Fighting Fund. We hope that by encouraging everyone to take part and donate, the Fund will see a significant boost and this will enable us to protect bridleways in the future.
To request a pack or get more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can call us on 02476 840581, or write to BHS (Access and Rights of Way), Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2XZ.
Why should I fundraise?
One of the biggest reasons our volunteers fundraise is to take part in our Challenge Rides. The scheme offer rides in nine countries: Bulgaria, Iceland, Mongolia, Inner Mongolia, India, Jordan, Peru, Spain and Lesotho. Our intrepid challengers have organised fundraisers that are nearly as exciting as the rides themselves.
Other reasons we fundraise are to support our Ride for Access campaign, our Strangles Awareness programme and of course our vital welfare work. The list of everything we do is endless so your money goes a long way to improving all aspects of equine life.
How can I help fundraise?
Our website provides many tips and ideas to help you get started so check out those pages to give yourself some inspiration.
Another way you can help us raise funds is by purchasing products from our bookshop. We stock everything from books to official British Dressage test sheets, so you’ll find everything you want while supporting the UK’s largest equestrian charity.
By working together we can continue our mission to improve the lives of horses and their riders across the UK. So take a look through the pages of our website to get inspired and then get fundraising!