William Reddaway and his horse Strider took a detour from their 2,500 mile journey around the country to visit The British Horse Society headquarters in Stareton, Kenilworth on Tuesday 21 May.
The epic ride will take them around the four corners of England – starting and finishing at the Farncombe Estate in Gloucester, via Bowness-on-Solway, Berwick-upon-Tweed, North Foreland and Lands’ End with many towns and cities in-between, including London.
William (aged 65) is a former volunteer for The British Horse Society's Access and Rights of Way Department and is undertaking this challenge in order to raise £250,000 for two charities; the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre and the Family Holiday Association.
William and Strider arrived to a warm welcome from BHS staff, Trustees and special guests from the Riding for the Disabled Association and The Pony Club as he called in on his way to Coventry Cathedral. The event marked the first time a horse has been to the new BHS building.
At the welcoming event, William thanked everyone at the BHS, particularly the Access team for all of its help and support in preparing for the ride, which has taken him years to plan. British Horse Society Senior Executive (Access), Heather Clatworthy, also presented William with a hi-viz martingale for Strider, as his previous one had snapped.
Heather said: “The British Horse Society is delighted to support William and his noble horse Strider on their ride around England.
"As an experienced horseman and a past BHS Bridleways Officer, William knows only too well how the availability of safe, accessible, off-road riding routes vary from city to city around England. He is riding off-road where he can, and is wearing hi-viz clothing and covers on his equipment.
"Should you see William and Strider, I urge you to support his challenge, say hello!, and if you are interested in his journey or to learn more about the routes he has ridden, then please visit emagin.org and rideroundengland.org."