EXCITEMENT is mounting, in anticipation of a ‘Horse and Road Safety Event’, which is being held on the North Coast at Portrush this Sunday, September 19, from 1pm to 5pm.
This is a national event being held across the UK and Ireland, coordinated by the PWAS (Pass Wide and Slow) organisation, and there will be some 180 ride-outs happening that afternoon.
The event on the North Coast is attracting quite a bit of attention and organisers have secured sponsorship from local businesses, as well as about a dozen vouchers and items donated from other local businesses for a big public raffle, with all proceeds being donated to Riding for the Disabled.
It is hoped that this will be a very enjoyable and worthwhile day and consists of an eight-mile hack around local Portrush and Portstewart roads. A large number of horses and riders (plus some mini shetlands pulling a gig!) are expected to take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful coastal route.
The ride will congregate halfway at the Inn on the Coast (car park) for refreshments. This is planned to take place from 3pm until 4pm and there will be lots of activity, for both horsey people and the general public.
The number of horse and rider injuries and deaths on the public roads every year is alarming – this event is about raising driver awareness (‘horses don’t dent; they die’) and promoting driver education on how to ‘Pass Wide and Slow’. Also, the importance of riders wearing hi-viz clothing and taking suitable precautions will be highlighted.
Participants are asked to meet at Maddybenny, Loguestown Road, Portrush and should be ready to ride out at 1pm.
If you are interested in taking part, please contact Wendy Saunderson on 07703 452404 for details on how to register. Rosettes will be given to all riders.