At every opportunity we promote recreational horse riding to non-equestrians. We make sure that horse trails are included in parks, that riding on beaches is protected, and we try to make sure horse riding is included along with other basic recreation - walking, and cycling. We also raise the profile of horses with road safety campaigns.
Submission are formal documents written to Councils or central government on specific topics. Most Councils have hundreds of sports grounds - often all directed at male oriented sports like rugby, but few resources available to other sports and recreation. Why is this? Often, because only sports clubs bother to make submissions, and approach the local Council for funding read more...
Local planning may also take place through drop-in events, workshops or open days. Take the time to attend; find out what is planned, and speak up for your fellow horse riders. Make sure other riders know about these events by posting the dates\times on social media, or discuss at your club. Many plans are now far less formal, and the public get to have a say via surveys, or even social media. Remember to share these with your riding friends once you've had your say.
Want to create a bridleway, or trail in your local area, on public land. Don't wait for someone else to do it, get together with others, and make a plan to build it. You may need help, or permission from Council, but you may also be able to get funding from them if you simply provide them with a well thought out plan.
Take care of your local riding areas, parks and trails. Have working bees, or keep an eye out for planting days or other events that will help you get to know local parks officers, or rangers, and show that horse riders care for the environment too. Mountain bikers frequently spend a lot of time building their own tracks; horse riders need to do the same, and be prepared to muck in and perform trail maintenance.
Too often we talk only to ourselves! In other words, we discuss issues in equestrian forums, and write letters to Horse and Pony Magazine. But we need to be talking in more general forums, and writing to the mass media!
Don't assume that people know about horse riding; most people don't. That's not their fault, it is our fault for not publicising ourselves well, and not being welcoming enough at our events.
You'll find it much easier to gain support, if you already have a community that thinks you're an interesting and fun bunch of people, rather than a bunch of snobs with horses. read more...
Each and every person has the ability to send a letter to the editor of their local paper, or magazines. Raise issues of unfairness in sport or recreation. Stop talking to equestrian mags (we know the issues), and talk to the general public instead. Tell them something new, point out how their rates money or tax money is being wasted by being spent on a single user group instead of on shared resources.
Each and every club and organisation should be sending photos and stories to their local newspapers about their latest club event, or success story. Media releases are important to telling the community that we exist, about our problems and making the non-horse owning public understand our goals and problems.
Creating publications for public awareness, and educating public officials (planners and elected representatives).
You can use our publications to help educate planners and officials.
Researching the horse riding fraternity (there is very little statistical information available!).