Throughout May, an incredible 1,143 riders and carriage drivers tacked up and took part in The British Horse Society’s first ever Ride Out UK Month, sponsored by Equisafety. The BHS has announced that more than £8,900 has been pledged for its Paths for Communities Fund.
Covering hundreds of miles in total, individuals, groups and BHS Approved Centres organised events which saw more than 62 events across the UK; including a mounted treasure hunt, a 70 mile ride, pleasure rides, protest parades, clearance parties and the launch of brand new bridleways. Ten awards were given out during the month to celebrate access achievements, long service and route creations.
The BHS teamed up with the National Trust to offer five exclusive rides during Ride Out UK Month. Riders enjoyed the stunning scenery of Culzean Castle, Killerton Estate, Brodie Castle, Dolaucothi Mines and Mount Stewart. This was the first time riders had access to the historic Mount Stewart estate since 1973 and marked the beginning of a series of exclusive rides for BHS Gold Members.
BHS Director of Access, Mark Weston, said: “This is the first year we have dedicated an entire month to riding out, and what a success it has been. The response has been fantastic – we have had over a thousand people participate, seen horses return to Mount Stewart and new bridleways have been opened to name a few highlights.
Money pledged to the BHS’ Paths for Communities Fund is used to create, restore and extend multi-user routes in the UK, providing more opportunities for riders to enjoy safe off-road routes.
Thank you to all those wonderful volunteers, landowners and organisations who have supported Ride Out UK Month 2017 and made these events possible, and to all those who took part and donated. Given the success of this year’s campaign, we can’t wait for next year!”
Find out more about the BHS Paths for Communities Fund.