Horse road safety campaigners reach national audience on BBC

A road safety campaign that was started last year following an accident where one horse was killed has been gaining momentum nationwide. 

Claire (far left) and Dawn (far right) appeared on the BBC alongside Alan Hiscox from the BHS (second from left), Laura Thoroughgood (second from right) and the BBC's Ben Thompson (centre)

Claire (far left) and Dawn (far right) appeared on the BBC alongside Alan Hiscox from the BHS (second from left), Laura Thoroughgood (second from right) and the BBC's Ben Thompson (centre)

Equestrians in Canewdon set up a campaign for a speed reduction on a road in Canewdon from 60mph to 40mph, after Laura Thoroughgood and her friend were hit by a car while riding.

In the shocking accident, Laura and her friend were taken to hospital and Laura’s horse, Angel, sadly had to be put to sleep.

Since this time, Claire Lilly and Dawn Mander, also from Canewdon, have been campaigning relentlessly for a change in the speed limit on the road and to make road users more aware of passing horses safely.

Their campaign saw them take to BBC Breakfast last Sunday alongside Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety from the BHS, giving them an excellent platform to reach people outside of the equestrian community.

Speaking on the programme, Claire said: “The road is 60mph and fatalities on the road are due to the speed on impact. Our road is a recreational route, so there’s not only horse riders, but walkers, joggers and cyclists etc. It’s not a safe environment for them to be in.

“We need to educate drivers and reach a wider audience. Horsey people tend to read magazines and websites and know already. It’s about how we reach everyone else.”

Since launching the campaign last year, Claire and Dawn have managed to get support from several organisations including the BHS, and HRH Princess Anne has written to pass her best wishes onto the campaign.

The news follows an announcement by the BHS last week that 21 horses had died on UK roads in the past year. 

To find out more and show your support for the campaign, please like the Canewdon Equestrians Facebook page here

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