The historical, philosophical, and scholastic view of equestrian travel, as well as the physical courage demonstrated by Long Riders, has now been recognised by the most prestigious equestrian organisation in Britain.
The British Horse Society, the UK's largest and most influential equestrian charity, is now working with The Long Riders' Guild to promote equestrian travel and exploration.
All of the books published by The Long Riders' Guild Press about equestrian travel in Britain or written by Britons are being sold on the BHS website.
Here is a link to a story which was published by British Horse, the magazine of the BHS, in its July/August edition of 2007. The Tragedy of Scott, Oates and the equine snow shoes, by Tom Moates, the equestrian investigative journalist. Could the use of equine snow-shoes have averted the famous Antarctic tragedy? This study of Antarctic equestrian exploration is based on groundbreaking research undertaken by The Long Riders' Guild Academic Foundation.
For more information, please visit the BHS website: The British Horse Society
To go to the BHS bookshop, please click here.
The BHS also operates Ride-UK, an organisation dedicated to making hacking safer and more pleasant.
Ride-UK The National Bridleroute Network
Horse riding is a significant and growing participant sport. More than 2.4 million people ride regularly, and many more ride occasionally as a weekend or holiday activity. Riding is a sport and leisure activity available to people from all walks of life, to men and women, to young and old, on equal terms.
Bridleways and byways are an important but undervalued national treasure. In the areas closest to towns and cities, the countryside has been sliced into many small segments by massive post-war development including trunk roads, motorways, housing, and industrial and retail sites. The effect on the equestrian community has been to isolate the many riding centres and to destroy the coherence of the ancient rights of way network. Yet towns and suburban areas are where the majority of riders are to be found. In the countryside, conversely, there was not seen the need to make bridleway provision because the roads were lightly used. Development is removing the justification for that assumption.
The National Bridleroute Network will promote active sport and healthy leisure. The Network will provide opportunities for quiet, outdoor activities in harmony with the environment. In a 1998/9 national survey, it was found that 53% of people said their main purpose in owning a horse was to go hacking.