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East of England

22nd August - 4th September

The counties of Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk on the coast are the region’s three largest, with Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire on the western flank.

In the East of England, one thinks of Cambridge and Norwich, two famous historic University towns, while Bury St Edmunds and King’s Lynn vie for attention with their medieval merchants’ houses and ancient streets.  Big skies and open landscapes create a sense of space and serenity here.  Nature reserves and forestry land provide opportunities to walk, cycle, ride, birdwatch or just relax. while an extensive coastline (almost 100 miles of it in Norfolk!) provides all the attractions you would expect to find elsewhere – and fewer crowds.

In bygone days, arable acres were ploughed by horses and the Suffolk Punch was supreme in East Anglia.  At Woodbridge there’s an open-air museum dedicated to the oldest English breed of working horse.  Shows around the country now celebrate the majesty of the “Heavies” where you can see them perform in both working and ridden classes.

The bridleway network has the ancient 170-mile Icknield Way, crossing six counties including Cambridge, North Hertfordshire, Essex and Suffolk and links to the Peddars Way.  This follows the route of a Roman road all the way from Knetishall Heath in Suffolk to the north Norfolk coast at Holme-next-the Sea. 

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Useful local information

Visit East Anglia - www.visiteastofengland.com

The Broads National Park - www.broads-authority.gov.uk

Beach riding  www.Holkham.co.uk

Dedham Vale AONB - www.dedhamvalestourvalley.org

Norfolk Coast AONB - www.norfolkcoastaonb.org.uk

Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB - www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org

Suffolk Punch horse www.thesuffolkpunchtrust.co.uk

Redwings is one of our supported charities and the largest equine rescue charity in the UK. Caldecott is their largest visitor centre  and has over 100 horses, ponies, donkeys & mules on site. For more information visit www.redwings.org.uk

More information and some fun facts

  • The driest area in United Kingdom is located in East Anglia. The precipitation level is less than 700 mm annually.

  • Southend Pier in Essex is the longest in the world at 1.34 miles long

  • Cambridge is a city but doesn't have a cathedral. It only got its city charter in 1951, but has technically been a town since the 12th century.

  • The -wich at the end of ‘Norwich’ indicates its origins as a place where salt was mined.

  • Norwich Cathedral has the second-tallest spire in England, exceeded only by Salisbury Cathedral.

  • Harry Potter was born in Suffolk! Kind of. The village, Lavenham, featured as Harry Potter's birthplace, Godric's Hollow in Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2. 

  • Lowestoft in Suffolk is home to the furthest point East you can go in the UK. If you’re an early bird and love sunrises, this is the place to visit one day. Ness Point is a beautiful, quiet place, and the place you can be first to see the sunrise on any day.

  • Norfolk has over 650 medieval churches

  • Manningtree in Essex is the smallest town in Britain with a population of only 900 people. Essex is also home to the largest village in Britain with a population of 9,000!

  • Colchester is the oldest recorded town in Britain. There are old Roman walls in the city that date back nearly 2,000 years, and occupation of Colchester dates back even longer than that. It is often referred to as Britain’s first city.

  • Lots of famous people hail from Essex. Jamie Oliver, Dermot O'Leary, Rupert Grint, David Gandy, Ross Kemp, Russell Brand, Sir Alistair Cook, Anne-Marie, Olly Murs, Dame Maggie Smith, Dame Helen Mirren – the list goes on and on.

  • One of Scotland’s most famous sons was thought to have been born in Essex. Historians believe that Robert the Bruce was actually born at Montpelier’s Farm in Writtle near Chelmsford in 1274.

  • The Essex coastline is over 350 miles long. That’s the equivalent of driving from London to the Alps to give you an idea of distance. Also, the Essex coastline is the second longest of any English country – only Cornwall has a longer coastline.

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Horses4Health organised rides and events

TREK Training Day

Sunday 11th July 2021 at Middlewick Farm, The Marshes, Southminster, Essex CM0 7JQ

Jenny Snowdon is a TREC GB TD, Trainer of Judges, Judge, Competition organiser and occasionally a competitor. She is also a BHSAI, First Aider and fully insured.

Each session will be around 2 hours long, depending on how many people are in them. Sessions are likely to have at least 4 participants in them with a maximum of 6 participants. Each session will finish with a scored individual round of MA and PTV, followed by presentation of rosettes. There is no POR training session at this event.

Various types of PTV obstacles will be available to practice and receive instruction on in an enclosed school with a sand and rubber surface. Some permanent obstacles are outside the school boundary on grass.

The clinics are suitable for anyone with any type of horse, pony, mule or donkey, but all assume that the rider is safe to walk, trot and canter. An in hand session can be arranged and this will be kept separate to any ridden sessions.

Covid restrictions will be in place. Please bring your own hand sanitiser and any refreshments, although there is water available for the horses.

Session Times to be advised nearer the time, according to demand, but will not start before 11am.

For more information please double click on the Word document below.

South East TREK Group Versatile TREC Horse / Pony Competition in aid of Horses4Health

Sunday 29th August 2021 at Middlewick Farm, The Marshes, Southminster, Essex CM0 7JQ

 

Classes for In Hand, Novice, Intermediate and Open.

VTH was dreamt up by Joy Taylor, International TREC Judge and TD some years ago as an introduction to TREC without the Orienteering aspect to encourage new blood into the sport. We give grateful thanks to Joy for her excellent ideas.

For more information and the full schedule, tests and entry form, please double click on the Word document below.

Track Relay - Beechwood Equestrian Centre, Essex CM3 8DY

Saturday 4th September 2021

 

A true 'relay' event  ***exclusive*** to Horses for Health registered riders. Individuals, Pairs or Groups (max 6) will be allocated 30mins to ride the farm track and clock up as many laps as possible in the time allowed before passing the baton on! Let's see who can post the fastest lap or the most laps in 30 mins! You can then relax and cool down on a saunter around the bridleways.

 

Entry is via My Riding Life but you must already be registered with The Great Horses for Health Relay by clicking the 'Join Now' button on the homepage of this website before you can book your slot. 

 

How to enter:

1. ** ensure** you have registered at www.horses4health.co.uk

2. **email **info@horses4health.co.uk for your ID number

3. **raise** a minimum of £15 sponsorship and upload to https://sponsorme.co.uk/.../the-great-horses-for-health... ensuring your name is entered as a reference

4. Book via ****My Riding Life**** quoting your ID number https://www.myridinglife.com/eventdetails.aspx?id=348338 in the 'Clinic' free text field. Simples!

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Priest Lane Farm Park and Ride, Willingham, Cambridge  CB24

Sunday 22nd August 2021

 

Support Horses for Health on this amazing fun ride courtesy of Priest Lane Farm Park & Ride over bridleways, fields and tracks with one small piece of roadwork through a quiet village. Total miles approx. 7-8 miles.

Parking on site at £10 per horsebox/trailer - to be paid in cash on the day.


EXCLUSIVE to fully registered Horses for Health members so if you are not already signed up, register now to receive your registration pack 


MINIMUM sponsorship of £15 per rider to be raised and uploaded via the DONATE button on the homepage of this website.


All riders must have their own personal & public liability insurance AND must wear the Horses for Health hi-vis tabard provided in your registration pack.

 

How to enter:
To book a slot from 11:00 onwards email info@horses4health.co.uk Slots will be allocated according to total numbers of bookings received - if you have a time preference, please advise but note requests cannot be guaranteed.

Parking on site (not hard-standing)
All vehicles are parked at owners risk. Priest Lane Farm & Horses for Health bear no responsibility for damages/theft to property nor injuries/incidents. It is your responsibility to ensure that both you & your horse are fit & capable of the ride. Please respect all other riders/participants AND ensure all litter & droppings are taken home with you. All COVID guidelines in force on the day will be strictly adhered to.

'Clinic' free text field. Simples!

Horses for Health Memorial walk, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Beccles Road, Caldecott Hall, Fritton NR31 9EY

Thursday 2nd September 2021 from 10.30am

A walk to commemorate lost pets, friends, horses, family & loved ones, as part of the Horses for Health fundraising drive.

Enjoy a relaxing walk on the grounds of the Centre, including time to stop at the Memorial Garden to remember those who are no longer with us. Take time to reflect & remember them by placing a photo and message to commemorate your loved one on our Horses for Health memorial tribute. OR send your photo in advance to info@redwings.co.uk marked H4H Memorial Walk by 30th August 2021. Take more photos with you on the day & pin them up on the memorial bunting!

Learn about horse care and welfare and the important role that horses play in supporting human wellbeing. Meet the horses, ponies & donkeys of Caldecott, hear their stories and snuggle up for a furry cuddle - the best therapy there is!

Enjoy an afternoon tea in the marquee & recharge your batteries whilst enjoying cake & scones washed down with a pot of tea!

 

Click here to book.
 

Adults £15, children £5 (Under 3s go free) Includes admission, walk & afternoon tea!

Boxted Church Ride, Boxted Hall, Bury St Edmunds IP29 4JY

Saturday 4th September 2021 at 12.30pm

Support The Great Horses for Health Relay fundraising for seven UK Equine charities and come and ride in the beautiful Suffolk countryside in woodland and headlands - even pop an optional jump or two while you're here! Very minimal road work.


Full length ride is 14 miles - start time 12.30-1pm
Shorter route of 5 up to 8 miles in time-slots from 12.30 - 1.15pm


BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW BY emailing info@horses4health.co.uk All entrants must be fully registered with www.horses4health.co.uk by clicking the Join Now button on the homepage and must wear their H4H hi vis vest on the ride (comes as part of your registration pack)


All riders must have their own personal & public liability insurance. All vehicles parked at owners risk.
 

BOOKING FEE OF £20 for bookings made prior to 31 August or £23 for late bookings.

Local events and rides during the Relay

Please keep checking this page for more information of our own organised rides and routes in the area - coming very soon!

We will be at Redwings Caldecott Hall on Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August where you can see how much of the UK the Relay has already been done, and what is to come. Join us there for an interesting day out. More information coming soon!

Caldecott Hall
Beccles Road  Fritton
Norfolk
NR31 9EY

Please note, the below rides are not organised by Horses4Health and are just a selection of events on in the area.

Sunday 11th July 2021 - Ashdon & Saffron Walden Young Farmers Summer Ride, SG9 0HT

More information and booking at www.horse-events.co.uk

Sunday 8th August 2021 - Gaddesden Estate August Park & Ride, HP2 6EZ

More information and booking at www.equoevents.co.uk

Sunday 5th September 2021 - Newmarket Heath Ride, Newmarket Racecourse CB8 8QD

More information and booking at www.racingwelfare.co.uk

Sunday 12th September 2021 - Gaddesden Estate September Park & Ride, HP2 6EZ

More information and booking at www.equoevents.co.uk

Local riding routes

Local riding routes in the area will be featured very soon