Monthly Archives: January 2017

About Rights of Way

Do you know who to contact about an overgrown bridleway?

Need support gathering evidence for your Public Inquiry or want to protect or extend your hacking or carriage driving routes? Then book onto our popular 2017 Access & Rights of Way Training.

Our varied events cover several aspects at different levels, so no matter if you’re a complete beginner or an avid access supporter, there’s something to suit you. Simply visit the BHS website to book on and read the attached 2017 training sheet for more info on the courses.

In 2016 more than 90% of attendees rated the courses very good or excellent, highlights included expanding knowledge to be as effective as possible in making a difference, opportunities to ask question, network, and meet like-minded people with a passion for access in your region. If you hack, you should attend.

BHS ARoW training is £10 for members of the public (including lunch & refreshments), however, as a BHS, BRC, EAG or BDS member, you can attend the exclusive training for a discounted £5!

2026 training is FREE and led by co-authors of ‘Rights of Way: Restoring the Record’ Sarah Bucks and Phil Wadey and include lunch.

Due to high demand dates are always filled quickly so visit the BHS website to book on, email or call 02476 840515.

Please click on the training sheet 2017.

Please follow the link to book onto the correct training for you

Ride Out UK Month

Ride Out UK Month is taking place over the whole of May. Please do encourage your committees, BRC’s, approved centres and Affiliated access groups to get involved in any way. To incentivise them we’re offering 10 BHS branded hi-viz tabards* worth £150 for each organised event and rosettes to hand out to people taking part.

We’re also holding a competition for:

  • Most amount of money raised by a group
  • Most amount of money raised by an approved centre
  • Most amount of money raised by an individual
  • Best photo on social media #howwasyourride

Bridleway Equestrian is sponsoring us again and to raise more money and get more of a national feel we’re in the process of organising rides on National Trust properties in each country. Killerton Estate in Devon has been confirmed (final checks depending) for 14 May, and we’re making progress with rides in Scotland and Ireland. I’m waiting to hear back from my National Trust contact for Wales but am confident this will go ahead. I’ve also thought of an idea for a clearing project – getting the BHS teamed up with the local council and Ramblers to clear bridleways in their area. I’m hoping this will bump up the campaign and give some great press coverage on collaborating with other organisations. I’ll shortly be sending an email round advising of the clearance idea and if anyone would like to get involved.

Anyway – please do advertise the event! Once something has been organised they need to let BHS know so it can be advertised online! Email the details to with event details.

Atypical Myopathy Update

The number of cases of atypical myopathy is increasing these days. Please forward the message below to your contacts through your Facebook account.

Invite your contacts to register to receive alert messages via the official Internet site run by researchers at the University of Liege : 

If you are aware of a case, THANK YOU to declare the case:

– as an owner, via the link :

– as a vet, via the link :

AUTUMN 2016 – At the date of the 23st of December 2016, 212 clinical cases compatible with the diagnosis of atypical myopathy have been communicated to Liege University and to the RESPE.  These cases were recorded in Belgium (43 cases) and France (143 cases) Great-Britain (5 cases), Switzerland (6 cases), Germany (14 cases), and The Netherlands (1 case). 

The seasonal climate conditions are those favourable to the emergence of cases of atypical myopathy. Today we know that the toxin responsible for the condition is present in the seeds of some Acer such as Acer pseudoplatanus (= maple tree). Hence it is important to prevent equines from ingesting those seeds.

With temperature changes the seeds will begin to fall and the risk of poisoning get important.  If feasible, access to pastures where Acer can be found, must be limited. In the link below you will find information (in French) on atypical myopathy.

Equestrian Table Top Sale

Equestrian Table Top Sale at Allensmore
On 18th February we shall be holding a Equestrian Table Top Sale at Allensmore Village hall.
10.30 – 2.30pm
Tables £5
Please contact Kay 01981 540209.
Carriage Driving equipment and books, Riding tables welcome. Clothing, Hats!!! And show gear as well as stable equipment, Horse care and general equestrian ‘stuff’
Light refreshments available.

See a calendar of all our forthcoming activities on the What's On page.  Below are the next events: