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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Cross Country Ride

In 1995 I was involved with the now defunct West Midlands BHS Committee, and a Cross Country Ride was organised in Sutton Park on a Sunday with 61 horses taking part, the ride was marked with arrows but during the Saturday evening some idiots thought it was funny to move many, but I had already a back up with clearly marked up maps for every rider. I was the mounted Marshall that day so really 62 horses involved, some of the riders came from as far as Northamptonshire, prizes for youngest rider and oldest horse plus carrots for everyone and also a Ist prize, no one got lost in the 5 square miles of Sutton Park, and I just have come across some old letters asking for this ride to be done again. So my question is would many riders be interested in this ride being done again, its easier these days with computers and printers as all the original maps had to be marked up by hand after photo copier, thoughts please.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: Cross Country Ride

Yeah I would be interested as its not far from me and could probably drum up some interest with my friends locally as well. Maybe you could advertise this at local riding clubs and tack shops. Would the ride involve jumping or simply be a pleasure ride across country?  

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nix123

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nix123 says:

Re: Cross Country Ride

 Yep deffo interested. I know a lot of people would be interested as its quite a centeral place to get to. One of the bigs pluses would be the fact its free entry into the park.

nix

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Cross Country Ride

The beauty of this type of ride you can do what you want and your riding skills allow but when jumping benches please watch for people who might be sitting at the time (joking) but there are ditches, streams, fords (not the car), woods and lakes and plenty of gates and bogs where you quickly learn don't support half ton horse. Remember on a sunday £1 in the Summer grr. after 11am unless blue badge holder. When out on Tonka my old Gypsy Cob was told I had been clocked doing 36mph down the Arena field by which incidently  you would park your transport. The ride would take in alot of the park cannot really class it as a hack and I do hope full riding gear would be used, hard hats required as never mind falling off but oak trees hurt.

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Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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Icebunny

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Icebunny says:

Re: Cross Country Ride

Hi,

 

Im not sure how close that would be to me - im in derbyshire. 

 

My friends and I have just started in what we are calling "Plan B".  We have run Pony Club for the last few years at our yard but the kids are now teenagers and seem to have lost interest. ...........  so we are now using the time we would have spent doing Pony Club having our own Adult Riding Club instead  with the intention of going out doing cross country rides/hacks together.  Howver none of our own horses are suitable.

1) 25 yo, arthiritic with cushing - now retired

2) Not quite 3 year old - not yet back obviously, even if he was by the summer i dont fancy our chances this early on for this type of riding

3) A beautiful 6 year old strawberry roan who unfortuanetly is a proper rig and will mount any female that comes within 100 yards of him

4) Currently horseless

 

The yard owner has agreed we can use some of her horses to do it on so we are just trying them out at the moment.  And what a varied bunch they are.  Chips has a bad reputation for trying to scrape people off him, Dehliah who i am riding gets seperation anxiety from the herd and shouts her head off the whole time you are working with her.  Doug - doesnt really have a fault and Profit likes bucking people off.   None have had any regular riding for a while and we are not sure yet if they load.  So far we have had two  very short schooling sessions in the menage this week but due to the torrential rain i cant see anymore happening over the next few days, 

Keep your fingers crossed for us - it could be eventful to say the least.

 

 

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Cross Country Ride

The problem of horses plus riders getting past their sell by date is something which the ride I am thinking of restarting is taking into account this problem as most of the older riders are on horses which are aged or newer eek! (me) then the course can be taken fast or as a long hack and chat with horses on loose rein, with frequent stops at the ice cream van, must make a note on the map where these are.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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*chip*

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*chip* says:

Re: Cross Country Ride

oh it sounds fantastic but a bit too far for me, im near manchester =( hope you all have a good time, had a look at sutton park in 1 of the YH fave rides, it looks fantastic x

ride a gypsy vanner... it'll make your butt look smaller

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