Mount Stewart, a National Trust property in County Down, reopened historic trails for the first time since 1973.
40 lucky BHS members and their horses took part in the three mile loop, for an exclusive after-hours event. Riders enjoyed magnificent woodland, open farmland and at one point there was a superb view of Strangford Lough, seen from the Temple of the Winds.
The new trails are the first phase in a ten-year plan at Mount Stewart to develop access across the remainder of the property, with the ultimate goal of providing up to 20 miles of trails. The British Horse Society Ireland is delighted to work with the National Trust, to provide increased access to safe off-road riding routes, where few routes are available.
Dozens of events have taken place throughout the UK as part of Ride Out UK Month, which is all about celebrating the joys of riding out, and raising awareness of the diminishing network of safe off-road routes for horse riders and carriage drivers.
With two more rides are planned for the summer, this will be the start of a series of exclusive events at Mount Stewart for BHS Gold members.