In Hertfordshire a particularly well supported Annual Meeting at Wheathampstead was followed by a double bill of access and bridleways issues. We learned from the Woodland Trust how well the network of riding routes across Heartwood forest, the largest new forest in the country, is progressing. Hertfordshire County Council Access Team emphasised that riders should continue to report problems with bridleways, despite the recession, as funding is more likely to be maintained if there is a clear need. After tea and biscuits came a fascinating talk by Hertfordshire Rural Police on crime prevention in rural areas and how to become a police “Special” on horseback. The Police Officers showed a real understanding of the type of issues faced by horse people. Hertfordshire`s first Special Police Officer to patrol on horseback was immaculately turned out in her horse uniform and as an experienced horse owner clearly explained the role. We discovered that there is no upper age limit for horse or rider as long as both are fit! Such was the enthusiastic response by the audience that we may soon see more “Horsey Specials” patrolling rural lanes and bridleways across Hertfordshire. Find out more by visiting our facebook page.