The BHS North West Bridleway Day was a great success as more than 40 people came along to hear from expert speakers on all things riding out whilst also raising money for the BHS Paths for Communities Fund, used to extend, restore and create multi-user routes in the UK.
Delegates heard from Richard Adam, HS2 Head of Highways and Drainage Engineering, who explained what HS2 would mean for horses, were educated on Map My Hack by Graeme Bruce and were quizzed on the List of Streets by bridleways researcher Andrew Kelly.
Delegates also heard from BHS Access Director Mark Weston on HQ lobbying, discovered how to encourage new routes from BHS Access & Bridleways Officer for Stockport Debbi Hall and were treated to some very entertaining tales by BHS Regional Access & Bridleways Officer for the North West Chris Peat as she shared some of her equestrian access challenges and triumphs.
Lancashire based rider Sue Hemingway attended the day and said: “Today has been brilliant for me because I've been looking at trying to open some new bridleways and upgrade some existing routes to bridleway status on my own. Now I've met some really useful contacts who can help me to do this so it's going to make riding out in my area so much better."
BHS Director of Access, Mark Weston, said: “We are so pleased that the North West Bridleway Day has been such a great success. We have received lovely feedback from delegates and it was great to see people so enthusiastic and invigorated to improve and protect their local riding routes.
The range of speakers meant that those who were new to the world of bridleways and experienced bridleway researchers alike took something away from the day. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended and to our expert speakers for making the day the success that it was.”
Lyndsay Dring, BHS North West Regional Manager, added: “Having spoken to delegates during lunch and at the end of the day, it was clear how helpful people found this event and it was a great opportunity for likeminded people to network.
Our expert speakers did a brilliant job of sharing their knowledge and I hope that there will now be many more equestrians in the North West region who feel ready to tackle issues with their off-road riding and carriage driving, and perhaps even create more routes.”
You can download notes and presentations from the day here:
Mark Weston – BHS lobbying and HQ work
Andrew Kelly – List of Streets: presentation and notes
Graeme Bruce – Map My Hack
Richard Adam – HS2
Debbi Hall – Encouraging new routes: presentation and notes
Chris Peat – Experiences as a BHS volunteer