A misty start gave way to a brilliant day’s riding for local equestrians taking part in a guided charity ride organised by The British Horse Society’s Merseyside Committee on Sunday 22nd October 2012.
The 7 mile route saw horses and their riders break through the early morning mist to explore the picturesque surroundings of the local bridleways network in St Helens, Merseyside, which is one in a series of guided rides organised by the local committee as part of their Autumn Events Programme.
The ride commenced with a circular tour of the scenic Clock Face Country Park before progressing onwards and upwards to view the iconic ‘Dream’ public art sculpture located on the prominent summit of the former Sutton Manor Colliery.
This 20 metre high sculpture, which is of a girls head with her eyes closed, seemingly in a dream-like state, was inspired by artist Jaume Plensa following conversations with ex-miners and other members of the local community about their aspirations. For horses and riders, this sculpture provided the perfect backdrop for a photo opportunity, whilst providing our three on-foot companions, who’d come along “for the walk”, with a much welcomed rest-break!
Organiser, Margaret Fishwick (and BHS Local Access Officer), said:
“Nine riders took part in the charity ride, as a means of learning more about local bridleway access and opportunities for off-road riding.
“This particular ride was back by popular demand, with many riders enjoying the mixed terrain including hill climbs, wooded trail and some spectacular open country views, with roadwork kept to the minimum!
“The monies raised from this event will be used by The British Horse Society to help support our work locally in improving equine welfare, safe riding on the roads and local access to bridleways.”
Lesley Robinson, a local rider who took part in the event, said:
“This is the second guided ride I’ve been on and each one has been brilliantly organised and has truly opened my eyes to the quality of riding available locally which I didn’t realise existed! The scenery was also magnificent and it was brilliant to get out and about with my horse and like-minded people. Many thanks to all the organisers, stewards and landowners for today's fabulous ride!”
The Merseyside Committee’s Guided Rides Programme offers the perfect way to discover some of Merseyside’s hidden ‘off road’ bridleways. An evening events programme is also underway. For more information or to obtain a copy of an up-to-date programme, please get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org