Once again we had a very successful pleasure ride at Caerhays Estate. It was somewhat stressful leading up to the event with very wet conditions making parts of the planned route unsuitable and having to alter it. Thanks must go to Arthur Broome, Harold Semmens, Nick, Julie Rogers, and Pam Tullett for marking it out so well and managing not to get stuck in the mud too often.
The day started wet and windy, but the forecast was to brighten up late morning and for once it was accurate. Riders of all ages and experience took part and all had a good time. One or two found the steep and muddy hills a little challenging, but the difficulties made completing the ride even more rewarding. Some riders ambling around and taking four hours to finish, whilst others were home in two. One rider went round twice on two different horses. It takes all sorts, 88 in total.
The first rider on the route, Kirsty Mc Phearson, was raising funds for the RDA and has a disability herself. She had the courage to negotiate the ride with dislocated knees which must have been very uncomfortable, especially downhill. Kirsty set an example to us all and it shows how inclusive horse riding can be.
Caerhays holds the National magnolia collection and is also well known for breeding camellias. The grounds were ‘on fire’ with the castle set off by a backdrop of reds and pinks. Riders had the most spectacular view as they rode home through the park. Thank you to Charles and Lizzie Williams for allowing us to ride round, and enjoy their home. Thanks also to the farmers who not only allowed us to ride across their land but also helped to set up the route and clear up afterwards.
We also must thank the helpers on the day. All are volunteers and without them events like this would not be possible. Jo in particular had the difficult job of taking entries, and contacting people before the ride with times and information as well as giving out numbers and checking people home on the day. We were all exhausted and happy at the end of the day that there were no major problems.
We raised £221 for the Cornwall Air Ambulance and £1,335 for BHS Cornwall funds which will be used to support BHS, Welfare, Safety, Access and Educational events in Cornwall as well as a donation to the BHS National Helping Horses Campaign .
More info on http://www.bhs.org.uk/welfare-and-care/our-campaigns/helping-horses
We will plan to have a pleasure ride again next year, but would like to try a different venue, so if anyone has any ideas please contact by email Tamsin.firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos of the day are available at : www.sharonrandallphotography.co.uk 07725987684