Campaigns, Successes and Claims
Select a campaign from the list below:
New Agricultural Policy
Please contact your local MP to support The British Horse Society’s call for farmers and landowners to be paid to widen the network available to horse riders, and to help maintain the network as part of any future subsidy scheme under the Agriculture Bill.
You can find and contact your local MP from the websites below:
A draft letter is set out below; if you are a carriage driver please amend as appropriate.
Re: The Agriculture Bill
The £4.3 billion horse industry is important to agriculture and land use.
The forthcoming Agriculture Bill will set the agenda for the future of our countryside. It will have far-reaching consequences for both the quality of our environment and all those who seek to enjoy it.
I am a horse rider and believe that responsible access to the countryside is inherently beneficial to society. Opportunities to improve and enhance access should be integral to the Agriculture Bill. The benefits of countryside access are well proven to enhance both physical and mental health and well being. Riding is also an effective way for women and children to exercise alone as they feel safe on horseback.
In England, horse riders have access to only 22% of the public rights of way network and horse-drawn carriage drivers to only 5%, meaning that they have to use busy roads to access the countryside and the existing fragmented public rights of way network.
In the past six years, the Society’s records show that there have been 2900 reports of road incidents involving horses, 39 rider deaths, 230 horse deaths, 840 horses injured and it is believed that these statistics are under reported. An improved network is desperately needed for equestrians so that riding in the countryside does not become a thing of the past.
Please support The British Horse Society’s call for farmers and landowners to be paid to widen the network available to horse riders and to help maintain it as part of any future subsidy scheme under the Agriculture Bill. In particular, I would be most grateful if you would confirm that you support the provision of access for horse riders away from the vehicular road network.
Better Bridleways for Essex
Essex needs more bridleways and now is the time to spread the word amongst the riding community and beyond. Bridleways mean freedom for all and our main campaign continues to be for Better Bridleways for Essex and we hope you will work with us to highlight the need for more safe off road routes for horse riders that can also be used by all those that love and enjoy our beautiful countryside.
EBA is being proactive and we hope you will all join us to do what you can to spread the word and give us a greater voice to make change happen.
Last year we made our voices heard by those who can influence change and we are definitely seeing an impact in our work. we will continue to campaign for better bridleways in our fast growing county and we are working closely with other organisations such as the BHS to get our voices heard and improve the availability of safe open spaces and bridleways for riders in Essex
See Update Autumn 2017 and Spring 2018:
For the Evidence of Use Form which is required by Essex County Council follow this link to download the document:
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