A popular riding and carriage driving route has been made safe again thanks to collaboration between the BHS, Open Spaces Society, Pony Club and Rhondda Cynon Taff (RCT) Council.
The lane in Pentrych, which connects many livery yards and private stables to riding routes, became difficult to use following the installation of a drainage system which looked similar in style to a cattle grid.
BHS County Access and Bridleways Officer and Chairman of BRC affiliated Briars Bridleways, Michelle Bracey, set about finding a solution to the problem. Michelle visited the site with fellow equestrian and representative of the Open Spaces Society Jay Kynch who, along with the Pony Club District Commissioner Lynda Evans, shared concerns that horses could become injured if trying to cross the drain.
Michelle reported their concerns to RCT Council who put her in touch with Owen Griffiths, Senior Engineer, who agreed to meet Michelle and BHS Director of Access Mark Weston at the site. Having listened to their concerns, Owen’s team re-designed the drainage system providing a safe distance between the drains to allow horses to be ridden or driven safely between them.
Michelle explained: “Owen listened carefully to our concerns and we are extremely grateful to Owen and his team at RCT for working with us to come up with a solution that keeps everyone happy. It goes to show that collaboration with a local authority really works.”
BHS Director of Access Mark Weston added: “I’m delighted that this popular route has been made safe for horses, allowing them to reach other riding and carriage driving routes. RCT Council was very helpful in addressing this issue and I am sure their efforts will be appreciated by many equestrians in the area.”