Golden Horseshoe ride goes ahead

Mary and Katie Hannah with their Exmoor ponies on last year'sride.
Mary and Katie Hannah with their Exmoor ponies on last year's ride.

Despite heavy rain in Britain, the Golden Horseshoe Endurance Ride on Exmoor is going ahead, with competition starting today.

Treacherous underfoot conditions have meant many of the country’s biggest equestrian events have been cancelled, but ride organisers have checked the routes and make alternative plans. Riders will set off from the usual venue in Exford.

“Obviously horse and rider safety has to come first, but we are confident that the routes we have chosen for each class are rideable,”  said ride organiser Barbara Wigley.

“It’s been hard work making so many last minute changes, but we got there in the end and I am delighted that the ride can still take place. Not only have we had to redirect the course onto a drier route, but we had to have back up plans for parking, stabling, the marquee and all the trade stands, too.”

The Golden Horseshoe brings a lot of people to the area and is good for local businesses. The annual Pleasure Ride, which is also going ahead as planned, raises much-needed funds for local charities – the Moorland Mousie Trust and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

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