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BHS Kent - STOP PRESS - (last update 04/06/2014)

CycloPath GRAVESEND - Did you know???? - Which Way Would You Ride?

In the Cyclopark at Gravesend there is a good horse-box park (P on the map) but from it you can only reach the 2 mile long Bridleway beside the A2. It is not far to the horse routes round Jeskyns Farm and Shorne Woods and the Darnley Trail, but as yet there is no connection.

I need lots of horse riders to go (on foot or by bicycle) and see which connection you would use, and let me know – then I can put pressure on KCC.

1. Bridges over A2 and CTRL. Would you ride or lead your horse this way? It is a footpath at the moment, then a quiet lane (Church Road) to Jeskyns

2. Footways beside the road. You cannot get a horse out of the east end of the Cyclopark at the moment, but if you could, would you (if allowed) use the footway/cycleway round the roundabouts over the A2, then the verges beside Henhurst Road to Jeskyns?

If we cannot get these connections, and use them, the box park is wasted and it might be hard to persuade the authorities that we need box parks in other places. For full Map click CycloPathMap.pdf

Please contact me – Anne Rillie BHS access rep for N & W Kent arillie@waitrose.com

Horse Welfare - Is there a correlation between whip use and results in show jumping? - see full article by clicking here   


Test and Re-Test Day on the 7th June - for more info, please contact abby.bourn@hotmail.co.uk - Communications Officer

BHS S&E Kent Committee


Dressage Show on the 5th July at Rooting Street Farm - For schedule click here  and for more info see our event page - click here                                                                                


Purchasing a Horse - some advises for you.... click here for the full article -


TREC Training at Anchor Farm: Trec Training at Anchor Farm Aylesford April 2014

Once again the Training Day was blessed with sunny weather although we had had some anxious days wondering if the ground would be dry enough for the parking. More than 30 riders from complete beginners to experienced treccies practiced on a variety of obstacles. The Bridge as usual scared the riders more than the horses. One pair teetered at the top of the steep “Ride Down” slope but finally came down safely, and a few had trouble with the Maypole.

The biggest problems were with the Rein Back and the Side Pass where some riders expected their mount to understand totally new instructions in a few moments! – if a horse has not been asked to go sideways before you should not expect him to do it for 4 meters with a pole between his front and hind legs! One step sideways is brilliant and more will soon come, but a confused frightened horse learns nothing. Similarly with the Rein Back (between 2 rails 0.8m apart) – one or two good steps are great, rushing back treading all over the poles gains nothing!

We always find that riders can do more than they expect, and so everyone goes away having achieved something, and most have big smiles too. This was the last training Day at Anchor Farm. Look out for new venues next spring.




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These are days organised by British Dressage where riders interested in what dressage has to offer can come and have a lesson with a recognised trainer to get some help with competition riding or just work on  developing their partnership with their horse. 

They are very low key and there is no previous experience necessary. The aim is to introduce riders to what dressage can offer them.

Kirsty Mepham  - List one judge, Olympic Dressage Rider  £40 for 45mins - contact mephamk@aol.com or 07768551179 , venue -  Rockfields, Kiln Lane, Isfield, East Sussex , TN22 5UE,  March 16th and April 20th

Mark Ruddock - List 1 judge, Trainer and International Rider - Date tbc, - Venue - Fox cottage, Whitewood lane, South godstone, RH9 8JR, Surrey, Cost £20 for 30mins, Contact Sharon Walker 07894232358 or sharon.walker@britishdressage.co.uk

Julia Buckle - National Group 2 Rider, Trainee Judge,  £20 for 30mins ,  venue Ash Manor, Church Road, Ash, Sevenoaks, TN15 7HD. Contact - 07818096113 or email juliabuckle@madasafish.com  Sat 30th March, Sun 21st  April, Sun 11th Aug

Samantha Mabb - List 5 judge, BD Members rep, £20 for 30mins , Venue Coldharbour Cottage, Scragged Oak Road, Hucking , Kent, ME17 1QU. Contact 07971871888 or sam@dressagecoachingsoutheast.co.uk 6th July, 10th August, 15th September

Leanne Wall - List 2 Judge, UKCC3, BD National Trainer, Sun 28th July, £25 for 30mins, Drellingore Farm, Stombers Lane, Alkham, Kent CT18 7ER . tel 07711287121 or www.leannewall.co.uk