Fancy getting out and about with your horse in new surroundings in a supported way in central Scotland before the winter sets in?
Join BHS Scotland for a self -guided (we signpost the route) ride in beautiful Perth and Kinross and enjoy a circular 12 to 15km (final distance depends on weather that weekend) ride on grassy drove roads, through small farms and fields, and quiet roads (with wide grassy verges) under the watchful eye of The BHS, we shall be on hand to marshal the ride, provide safe parking, carry out refreshments and plenty of encouragement.
The route is steeped in history and you will enjoy beautiful views over the Highlands and Strathearn as you trek along the foothills of the Ochils, following in the footsteps of cattle drovers and kings and past the site of the historic ‘Nobleman’s and Gentlemans’ seats at Carim Lodge formerly one of Scotland’s finest shooting lodges. The course will be open for a weekend – you need to book online.
Parking & Start at Burnside of Blackford, signposted from the A9 and A 823 Ryder Cup Roundabout – the same one you leave the A9 for Gleneagles. The ride will be sign posted from here. You pick up the Bardrill road and BHS signage here. There will be no direct access to the ride from the A9 all ride traffic will enter and leave by the Gleneagles roundabout where the estate link road is narrow and winding. Bardrill Road has a 7.5te weight limit bridge, if that is going to cause a problem, phone the BHS office in advance !
All lorries to be in the field by 11.30 each day as at that point we reverse the one-way system on the small country road so that lorries and trailers don’t meet head to head and in order to take our ride traffic on and off the A9 safely.
In the event of wet weather or low visibility the ride will be postponed to next year.
Entries: £20 per rider
Sorry, no entries on the day
Blackford Estate BHS Scotland Ride Conditions of Entry
Please read carefully, taking note of all new CoVid19 measures
- Bookings will only be accepted with a fully completed online booking form. For the purposes of ‘track and trace’, this form will be kept by the event organiser for 21 days.
- All bookings must be paid for in advance in accordance with the schedule. There will be no exchange of money on the day. Bookings will not be accepted on the day.
- Numbers on site are restricted to one person per horse plus the rider. Please respect this rule as it will help us to monitor the number of people on site at any one time. No spectators are allowed. If a rider has an additional person attending, a contact form must be filled in for this person. This must be emailed to the organiser no later than 24 hours before the activity begins. For the purposes of ‘NHS Test and Protect’, this form will be kept by the event organiser for 21 days. All forms will be stored in accordance with GDPR guidelines.
- Riders travelling / riding together must be from the same household or bubble and not exceed a group size of 5.
- Hats and body protectors (if you choose to wear a body protector) will not be checked – it is your responsibility that these are to the current standards. Please refer to these guidelines
- Hi-viz clothing must be worn on the horse and rider.
- Anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms, however mild, should stay at home. Anyone who has been in contact with someone that is showing symptoms should stay at home. Anyone considered vulnerable should stay at home. Please inform the organiser if you need to withdraw.
- Soft face masks that cover the mouth and nose are permitted but no face shields may be worn for mounted activities.
- Riders must print their own rider number and bring this with them. Each rider will be allocated a number when the times are issued. Please identify yourself by the way of a XC bib, medical armband, showing number on your back or an ID tag. This needs to be on the rider in case of an accident. You can also put an identification number on your horse if you wish (this is not compulsory) which could take the form of a bridle number, number on your numnah or an ID tag.
- There will be no passport or vaccination checking on the day. The horse’s passport and a current valid annual vaccination certificate have to be available for electronic spot checks prior to the event. Please note: all passports must still travel with a horse as it is a legal requirement (A Scot Equine ID card would be acceptable).
- Please leave the parking area as you found it - don’t muck out your trailer or lorry in the parking area and take your dung home with you. Thank you!
- Upon arrival, please follow the directions to park. Vehicles must be parked at least 5 metres apart. Text the event number to declare your arrival. You should get ready in the parking area, maintaining social distancing from all other households. Upon your stated start time, please go directly to the starting area as shown on the map issued with the times.
- There is no secretary/declarations area for this ride. Each rider will receive a time for arrival on site and a time that your group will start your ride. Please arrive 30min before allocated time. Riders will ride out in groups with a maximum of 5 people. You can declare by texting 07900 670223.
- When riding, please keep 2 metres apart at all times. If a group needs to pass for any reason, please again keep 2 metres apart.
- There will be no sharing of riding equipment amongst riders.
- Please do not hang around afterwards.
- There will be catering provided, however please respect the Covid restrictions in place.
- Dogs are permitted but MUST be kept secured on a lead at all times.
- Toilet facilities will be provided. Please make use of the hand sanitiser and cleaning materials that will be provided in this area to ensure that it remains safe for all users.
- Sanitiser will be provided at appropriate locations and all attending should make use of it.
- All attendees must keep a 2m distance at all times whilst on site and must stay in groups of no more than 5.
- The above information should be shared with anyone travelling with you to the event.
- Anybody not complying with the Covid-19 Health and Safety protocol will be asked to leave the site. There will be no exceptions to this rule. Any such instances will also be reported to BHS HQ for further consideration if deemed appropriate. Please comply with all signage on site. Please support the resumption of activities that we have all been waiting for so long. Your co-operation is very much appreciated.
- There will be first aid cover. The first aider will have PPE in case they have to break physical distancing guidance.
- It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure their horse is fit and healthy enough to complete the chosen distance comfortably.