Donations go on Up

We had a donation of £5,000 which is a wonderful amount to receive. Adding on other recent donations, that takes the total up to £66,000. This includes a remarkable £500 from Peak Horsepower, the bridleway association I gave a talk to in Bakewell. If only every talk resulted in that much!

I have some more talk dates and will update that list in a day or so.

If you want to follow another long distance rider and horse, go to http://walkingwithawen.tumblr.com/ where you will find Janet and Lottie on their way from the Norfolk coast to Lands End. Their ups and downs have brought back many memories for me.

Talk Dates

2,700 miles, 30 cathedrals, 4 corners of England, one horse ………..Why? How? What! And ……….

Current list of planned talks about the ride is:

Friday 9 May at the Medway Centre in Bakewell. Organised by Peak Horsepower.

Saturday 10 May at Toddington Village Hall, Gloucestershire. Organised by Lower Langley Riding School.

Thursday 19 June at Cotswold RDA at Cheltenham Racecourse. Organised by Cotswold RDA

Thursday 7 October for North Cotswold U3A

Monday 13 October for Willersey Village Women’s Institute

Wednesday 15 October for the Mid Cotswolds Tracks and Trails Group

Thursday 16 October in Oxford. Organised by Oxfordshire Branch of the British Horse Society.

If you would like a talk for your organisation, please get in touch: wreddaway@btinternet.com

Ethics and Long Riding

The Long Riders’ Guild is an extraordinary organisation that brings together a massive body of knowledge about long riding and long riders. Their website is fascinating. In recent years they have been increasingly concerned about ethical aspects of long riding with care of the horses a number one concern and other issues after that.

Now they have published a Code of Ethics. It is worth a read, and thought. Go to:

http://www.thelongridersguild.com/ethics.htm

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RIDE ROUND ENGLAND

PRESS RELEASE

Hear all about the 7 month Ride Round England

William Reddaway and Strider celebrate their mammoth ride

March 2014 – William Reddaway and his horse Strider have completed their Ride to the four corners of England and will be celebrating their extraordinary journey at The Grocers Hall, Princes Street, London EC2R 8AD on Monday 28th April.

From 4.30 to 6.30pm, William and Strider will be at Grocers Hall alongside the two charities, The Family Holiday Association and Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre who the ride was in aid of, to give a short talk on the ride and the challenges they faced and highlights they enjoyed.

The event is open to the public and there will be an opportunity to meet William and Strider.  If you would like to come you must, please, email Michelle@fhaonline.org.uk by Monday 7 April to be added to the attendance list.

For further information about the event visit www.rideroundengland.org, William has a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rideroundengland. Strider has his own Twitter feed @riderndengland.  To donate http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=rideroundengland

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For more information, photos or interviews, please contact:
Emma Walton, Walton Public Relations. www.waltonpr.com
Tel: 01451 821800 Mobile: 07515 357842 Email: emma@waltonpr.com

Notes on Sponsors:

The 400-acre Farncombe Estate, above the village of Broadway in the Cotswolds, where William worked for 28 years was the venue for the start and finish of this 2,500 mile journey.

South Essex Insurance Brokers Ltd (SEIB) has been providing specialist insurance solutions since 1963. While SEIB offers a wide range of insurance products it is recognised as a leading equine insurer. SEIB is providing the insurance for Strider.

Simple System Limited is a horse feed company dedicated to providing the very best forage feed diet for horses. Simple System will be providing Strider with a consistent feed matched to his needs at the 120 or so locations where he and William will stay on the journey.

The 400-acre Farncombe Estate combines Farncombe Courses, which offers leisure courses and study breaks in the Cotswolds, and the Cotswold Conference Centre, an award winning meeting and training venue. William worked at Farncombe for 28 years and the centre will be the start and finish point for the ride.

LMNO.co.UK Limited is dedicated to providing SMEs and Non-Profits with solutions for all their IT needs. LMNO has created the Ride’s website and supports its development.

Notes about both charities:

Family Holiday Association:

For over 35 years, the Family Holiday Association has been working to provide short breaks for the most needy families in our community. The charity helps families in desperate circumstances: those dealing with bereavement, poverty, chronic illness, inadequate housing, or domestic violence.

The chance to enjoy a break away from the stresses of daily life is something that many of us take for granted, but thousands of UK children have never had the chance to enjoy a holiday.

Typically, a family granted a break spends a week staying in a caravan in a UK seaside town. We have found that these simple holidays can have a positive effect on mental health, help strengthen relationships within the family and give family members a fresh perspective, providing them with the motivation to make positive changes to their lives.

www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk  The Family Holiday Association is registered charity no. 800262.

For further information please contact: Michelle Barnes  020 3117 0663  Michelle@FamilyHolidayAssociation.org.uk

 

Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre:

The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre was founded as a registered charity in 1989 to provide riding lessons, equine assisted therapy and horse care lessons to children and young people. It is situated on the edge of Wormwood Scrubs, an oasis of green in the inner city London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and serves a diverse community from a range of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds, including people with disabilities. By working and caring for the animals, children learn how to work and integrate with each other within a broad, supportive educational experience and in a safe, structured environment.

http://www.wormwoodscrubsponycentre.org/.  Registered Charity No: 1045045

Ended but still need to get home………..

Sunday 8 December. We had finished but still had to get home. He was standing by the gate of the field with an alert and lets get on with it look about him. I thought he does know this is a home run. So, after breakfast, we tacked up again and set off up the drive to reach the bridleway. On the steep bit of the hill he chose to trot. It is easier than a plod at a walk and he wanted to get on. That was fine but when we turned to go down the steeper grass slope I did wonder how we were going to do 16 miles with this level of impatience. He calmed down and we went back along Broadway High Street without any fuss, though the marquees and tents on the green were all billowing which did attract careful watching and need an extra yard of road width going past. We trotted up to Snowshill and then walked on.

We were due at Lower Langley by 2 pm so I was aiming to be in Winchcombe around 1.30 and, inevitably, when I am worried at the possibility of being late, we were running early and tied up on the hill above Sudeley for a bit. I had some lunch and Strider expressed his annoyance at the delay by fidgetting and damaging both the lights on his front saddlebags on the gate he was tied up to. I rode him down the hill very carefully as it is steep and the road is slippery. Further down a car passed us and stopped and out got Edward and Alison, pleased to see us and delighted that we had got home. In Winchcombe we met Angie on Santa (he was looking impressively clean which as a grey that loves rolling in anything he can gives Angie a lot of work) and Rachel on Gina who is impressively big. They had come to escort me the last few miles and turned back to join us. At Lower Langley Sian had gathered friends, and produced champagne and was holding a large donation the riding school had raised for the charities. A brilliant homecoming from somewhere that Christine, Chloe and I had all ridden at and been grateful for excellent tuition in years gone by.  Santa and Gina stood as steady as a police escort while i made my visit and then Christine and Chloe arrived to join the event. From Lower Langley we rode on up the lane, crossed the main road to the common and came down the lane from the golf club, our route on so many, many hacks. And then it was the last quarter mile to the yard where there was another welcoming party. Home! Seven months and 2,674 miles. Back to his stable.

Thankyou to all the people who have made it possible and to all those who have supported the charities and costs of the ride. THANKYOU

I will add to the blog as news of talks and other events comes up. Meanwhile the donation total is up around £48,000 and I hope to drive it up to around double that over the next year.