DID YOU KNOW.....
- The BHS is the largest equestrian charity in the UK
- In 2017 we held 62 events in Ride Out UK month with 1143 riders taking part.
- There are 260 Welfare Officers, who attended 960 welfare cases and supported 68 horse owners struggling with the loss of their equine companion through the ‘Friends at the End’ programme in 2017
NOW YOU DO! So that’s the big picture but what does that mean to you? We’ve compiled a run down of some of the highlights of what we’ve done in your area over the last 12 months so you can see how the BHS has been helping local riders all over the North West…
I DIDN’T KNOW THE BHS DID THAT IN THE NORTH WEST....
We held many pleasures rides across the region, some linking up with Ride Out UK Month, including Cannock Chase, Bickershaw and Leigh (Greater Manchester) Towneley Park (Lancashire) and Cronton Colliery (Merseyside) to raise funds and show riders new routes they can ride again and again.
Our Lancashire committee awarded a bursary to cover the cost of the training and exam fees for the Riding and Road safety test (now Ride Safe Award). Watch out for details of how to apply for next years bursary by following @BHSLancashire on Facebook.
On the Wirral our committee arranged a number of successful working parties throughout the year to open up overgrown permissive routes and bridleways, in close conjunction with the Wirral Rights Of Way Officer Robin Tutchings. These are sociable multi-user group events and anyone is very welcome – contact Lyndsay Dring your Regional Manager, if you would like to join or have any suggestions for possible future venues!
SAFETY IN THE NORTH WEST
The North West were highly commended at the BHS annual awards ceremony, Safety Officer Janice Pickup, Barrister Ellen Shaw and Greater Manchester Police’s Mounted Unit were recognised for their outstanding contribution to increasing road safety for horse and rider through ‘Operation Considerate’ ‘Think Horse Think 15’ and ‘Dead Slow.’
Following numerous discussions at the Local Access Forums (LAF’s) we managed to get horses included in Lancashire's strategy for walking and cycling. It was eventually agreed that horses are THE MOST vulnerable road user and must be included! Following attendance at the Cheshire Multi-Agency Road Safety Conference, once again our intervention has seen them review their plans going into 2018 and similarly work is on-going with the Liverpool City Region to achieve the same outcome in their road safety strategy. You can help to increase horse safety by reporting incidents. These can be as simple as a road user not slowing down, to a near miss, injury or collision.
WE HAVE LOTS OF EXCITING THINGS IN THE PLANNING FOR 2018 - OUR 70TH PLATINUM YEAR, INCLUDING...
- International Coaching Convention - Myerscough International Centre (April 16 - 18)
- Access and Rights of Way Training (Level 1 & 2)
- Ride Safe Award – Training and Award Bursary for Lancashire residents
- Ride Out UK Month (May)
- Weekend Camp on the Wirral (May)
- CPD for BHS Accredited Professional Coaches
- Lancashire Memorial Ride
- Annual North West Summer Camp (July)
The full report has now gone out to all BHS members in the North West along with the copy of the BHS magazine. You can pick up your own copy at local equine suppliers, check out the list of stockists or download your copy here.