Tag Archives: riding

How independent?

How independent is Natural England? Defra has cut its vital survey yet NE has apparently said nothing. Continue reading

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Vital volunteers

Volunteers Week: a fine opportunity to celebrate those who protect our public paths, and to consider the impediments they face. Continue reading

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Dee’s centenary

My friend Dee Ivey would have been 100 today, 28 January 2016, and so I am thinking of her especially, and the huge influence she had on me and numerous other pony-loving children. She introduced me to Dartmoor and to its … Continue reading

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A hypothetical question

‘If the choice which the country has to make is between well-trained forces on the one hand and sacrificing your pony rides on the other … where would you like the government to make the choice?’ That was the first, … Continue reading

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This year, as in every other year, on the final day of the Horse of the Year Show, Sunday 11 October, the immortal words of Ronald Duncan’s eulogy, The Horse, will be recited. Duncan wrote the poem in 1964 at the request … Continue reading

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Henry, the plucky pony

Over the last few years I have often seen my friends Eddie and Lorna Bilous, with their small dog Bazil, driving a carriage pony around the Chiltern lanes. They live half a mile away from me in Turville.  We stop to chat (if … Continue reading

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Loss at Larkhill

Thirty years ago today, on 6 November 1984, a public inquiry opened in Devizes.  It was to investigate the Ministry of Defence’s plans to close 32 miles of public paths across the Larkhill artillery ranges in Wiltshire.  I was there … Continue reading

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