The ‘Get into Riding’ promotion, in which six of our approved yards in the East of England took part, was considered a success.
The aim of the day was to encourage new riders to try the sport or to bring back riders who had given up years ago. Bentley Riding School had eleven new riders and all said they would be coming back.
Jannet Pamment spent the day with new BHS Chairwoman, Lynn Petersen, at Newton Hall where they met and watched some of the 27 riders taking part there.
The pair watched the session with Sharon Parkhurst and Steve Nobal. Sharon used to ride as a child but had a bad fall when she was 13 years old, resulting in broken bones and a total loss of nerve. Sharon was very nervous and felt in the car on the way to the centre she would not be able to stay on for the whole ride, however she did. Sharon said afterwards that the experience was amazing, the horse was great and the instructor, Callie Knight, gave her great confidence. Sharon said she would definitely be coming back!
Steve had not ridden before but was keen to try, he also loved it and said he would be back. Another rider was Rob Ellingham, who had not ridden since he was nine, he said the instructor was excellent and he would defiantly come back.
The week was a great success overall and it is hoped that this sort of promotion will be run again if establishments felt they got the long term benefits from it that they set out to achieve.