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Are your horses insured with SEIB?

Would you nominate EBA as a charity to receive additional grant funds? 

SEIB is willing to donate £50,000 to a charity in 2018 which is involved with horses and their welfare. If you have a policy with SEIB you can vote for the charity of your choice. It should take you no longer than 5 minutes. As a charity, EBA is eligible to receive these funds and so do please go to and make your nomination. Our charity number is  801530

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EBA Annual General Meeting

The EBA Annual General Meeting is set to be a very interesting evening . It will be held on Thursday 9th November at Keene Hall, Galleywood.

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 pm start and in addition to the business of the AGM we will have an interesting talk from Alan Hiscox, BHS Director of Safety.

Alan will talk about the current statistics of incidents involving horses and vehicles and also the success of the BHS Dead Slow campaign.

He will also tell us about the next steps planned, to educate drivers and how we can influence driver behavior.  In addition we will also have plenty of cakes, tea and coffee and an excellent raffle so please do come along.

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Fancy joining EBA as a Trustee?

In order to run EBA effectively we are always looking for interested individuals to join the committee as Trustees. If you have an interest in helping the work of EBA, and you have ideas, enthusiasm and a can-do attitude, then please join us. Simply complete a nomination form, for yourself or someone you know who would love to get involved and send this to Lisa Guy before the AGM. 

View Nomination form

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News Alert

Some of our members have advised us that Network Rail has closed a number of bridleways which cross railway lines without seeking permission through Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders. Clicking the link below will show a photo of a closure on a bridleway in the Billericay area. These TTROs should be sought from Essex County Council and permission is then considered for temporary closure. It is important that Network Rail continues to use the proper procedures and at EBA we are keen to know of any closures that you come across when out riding. Please email if you come across any such closures and we can then liaise with Essex County Council. Alternatively contact Robert Lee, PROW and Records Analyst direct on :  01245 342537 or email

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Essex Rider Article September 2017

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Spring riding and the importance of bridleway creation

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Essex Rider Article April 2017

In this article Mary is preparing for Ride Out in May, the new month long campaign organised by the  BHS to promote hacking and riding out around the country with your horse. At Essex Bridleways Association  we are actively supporting this work in May and throughout the year 

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March 2017 Essex Rider

Mary looks at some of the progress we are making in 2017

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Essex Rider Feb 2017. A good campaign

Mary commends the BHS rider education campaign Dead Slow and looks at other campaigns we need to involve ourselves in for better riding safety in Essex

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Essex Rider Article January 2017

Happy New Year. In this article Mary looks at safe ways to enjoy getting fit with your horse and hacking on the roads in 2017

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Essex Rider December 2016

Mary reviews the successes of 2016 and urges all members to continue campaigning for safe off road riding in Essex for 2017   /generaldocuments/December 16 Essex Rider.docx

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Essex Rider Article November 2016

Following an earlier meeting with Essex County Council and the EBA, In Novembers article Mary finds out more from successful bridleway creation in Kent and Yorkshire and urges members to get creative in Essex

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Essex Rider Article October 2016

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Essex Rider Article September 2016

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Essex Rider Article August 2016

An interesting article where Mary highlights the positive impact EBA is having on improving bridleways in Essex

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Essex Rider Article July 2016

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Essex Rider Article June 2016

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Over 2,600 riders sign EBA Petition

Essex Bridleways Association has presented a petition to Essex County Council requesting increased access to safe off-road routes for horse riders. The petition contained 2,644 signatures and was received by Councillor Eddie Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways on 8th June.

The petition forms part of EBA’s Better Bridleways campaign, which highlights the need for swift action in the light of rapid development in Essex.

EBA is also urging Essex horse owners to complete its online survey which is designed to build a more accurate picture of horse riding in the county.  

EBA Chair, Julia Wilson said: “We know that Essex has a large equestrian population but we need more detailed figures to support the case for improved equestrian access. Unless we, as horse riders, make our voice heard we will continue to be overlooked by those in authority.”

The EBA survey can be completed by clicking here


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The EBA petition is here.

Please print and gather as many signatures as possible to show your support for our campaign for better bridleways in Essex. Please act now and return your completed petition to Jan Arthur by 10th May

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You can also submit your entry online by clicking here

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EBA Publicity Campaign

We have put together some resources for you to use to raise publicity about the needs of horse riders in Essex. In addition to completing our survey please also write to your MP or your councillor and make others aware of the situation horse riders are facing in Essex and the very simple things we need to change


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EBA Publicity Campaign

In order to raise awareness of the situation horse riders find themselves in Essex we have put together some resources for you to use to make your voice heard

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Essex Rider Article January 2016

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Essex Rider Article December 2015

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Essex Rider Article October 2015

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EBA is awarded community funds from Aviva

Aviva Community Fund

We are delighted to report that EBA has been awarded almost £1000 from the Aviva Community Fund. The money will go towards creating new literature and posters to help us campaign for safe, off-road riding in Essex.


The Aviva Community Fund offers “support and funding to inspirational local projects” in a range of prize categories. EBA was one of over 200 projects to be awarded up to £1000. EBA’s success relied on online voting and we would like to thank all those that took time to get involved and ensure that ours was one of the winning entries. We would also like to thank the Aviva Community Fund for giving us this extremely useful and timely boost to our forthcoming publicity campaign.


Our literature will be available in the coming months so keep any eye on our website and social media pages for further updates.


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Essex Rider Article July 2015

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Essex Rider Article June 2015

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EBA Spring Update

Lots of interesting articles about the activities and progress made by EBA plus more information and ideas on how you can get involved


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Essex Rider Article May 15

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Essex Rider Article April 2015

The monthly article from longstanding EBA member, Mary Balch, which all members and riders will find an interesting and thought provoking read.

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35 Years Celebration

Essex Bridleways Celebrates 35 Years

Essex Bridleways Association has rounded off its 35th Anniversary year with a celebratory birthday cake. Committee member Lesley Gillman made the cake - a representation of the EBA logo - for the group's AGM which took place on 13th November 2014. 

After the formalities of the evening, the audience enjoyed an interesting talk by Mark Meter of Blaircourt Equine Veterinary Clinic before chatting to EBA Historic Researchers, Area Reps, Bridleway Development Officers and Simon Taylor, Essex County Council PRoW Liaison and Enforcement Officer. 

The EBA raffle raised over £160 with prizes kindly donated by the Mark Todd Collection, Equisafety, Baileys Horse Feeds and Likit Products


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Katie Jerram Supports Essex Bridleways

Katie Jerram Supports Essex Bridleways

Showing star Katie Jerram has become a Patron of Essex Bridleways Association. One of the country’s leading show producers, Katie and her family are staunch supporters of public rights of way having cleared overgrown byways and footpaths since moving to their Essex farm some 50 years ago.


Katie, who lists HM The Queen among her owners, had no hesitation in taking on the role, saying: “I am delighted to help EBA raise awareness of the work they carry out on behalf of riders in our county. I’m fortunate to have land and space to ride on locally so I fully appreciate how important it is that rights of way remain open throughout Essex and that lost routes are reclaimed to ensure off-road access to our beautiful countryside.”


EBA Chair Julia Wilson said: “This is a very exciting time for EBA and we are thrilled that Katie has agreed to become our Patron. We are a small charity with a committed band of volunteers and our fundraising rides mean that we can also pay for dedicated research and development work which offers long term benefits for Essex riders. However, our significant equestrian population is being placed under intense pressure as Essex becomes ever more urbanised. We are making progress but always need more help and would urge horse owners to at least join EBA to support this work.”


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26th/27th/7/14 Trec Results

See document for full results of the Trec competition

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Rayleigh Riders Urgent


We are trying to get local riders to complete a feedback form for a building development in Rayleigh.  Originally we thought that the green route was going to be for equestrians, cyclists and walkers but of course when I attended the exhibition on Saturday the riders were not on the plan!!

I did write to the new chair at the weekend asking for help lobbing ECC but have to date heard nothing.  Would it be possible to add this link to the website so riders can fill in the form and request that with the increased housing  and added traffic that riders should be included on the green route for walkers and cyclists.  They have until 11th April.


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Please click on attached link that takes you to some interesting info re cyclists

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2013 New Constitution

Click on the link below to be able to view and print the current and proposed new EBA constitution

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Basildon - Southway Bridleway Claim

Riders your help is needed!

You may know that the right to ride or cycle Southway is now about to be made illegal. Southway is in Basildon, it forms part of the Langdon Hills country park and wildlife areas. The proposed route links Staneway to Dry Street.

Despite a claim made by Essex Bridleway Association, Essex County Council intends to record the route only as a footpath which will eventually make further use by horse riders and cyclists contrary to the law. The last opportunity to challenge this decision is only currently possible for a short time now.

It is necessary that all persons who have used the route prior to 2004 and particularly in the period prior to 1971 object to the County Council’s Order.

Also, please contact Jan Arthur if you cycled or rode this route especially if you did so before 1971, or of you know anyone who did, as we need evidence of the use of this route before then for the public enquiry which will be held within the next six months.

Jan Arthur

Basildon Representative

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Weald Park Bridelway


EBA are delighted to announce that we have secured agreement from Essex County Council and funding from Natural England under the Paths for Communities scheme to develop a circular bridleway route at Weald County Park.

This project will see the existing permissive rights of way, being upgraded to definitive status and will see a newly created section of bridleway running through the woods to link up existing routes.

In addition to this surfacing works will be undertaken on the new stretch of route, on the Lincolns Lane entrance to the park and at the entrance from the Cricket Pitch.  Chicanes will be installed to replace the gate close to the Bluebell woods at Sandpit Land, a new bridge will be installed to facilitate access to the newly created section of route from the 80 acres field into the woodland and clear signage will be installed throughout the park, enabling users to know the route of the definitive bridleway.

Work is scheduled to be undertaken over the summer period, with the route aiming to be completed by September in time for an official launch event in the Autumn.
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Need towing lessons?

John Griffin Trailer Training - John is offerring a 10% discount to EBA members on production of a current EBA membership card.  This discount excludes the test fee and is valid only on lessons booked with John.  By arrangement he also does lessons for those of us who need a helping hand reversing!

He has a 100% pass rate at present and is a great teacher!

His contact details are: Landline: 01708 755577, Mobile: 07973 909454 or email via website contact form

Please visit his website: for more information


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