Saddle up for Easter egg hunt

Dorset Echo: SADDLE UP: Isle of Portland Riding Club Easter Egg hunt organisers and riders SADDLE UP: Isle of Portland Riding Club Easter Egg hunt organisers and riders

FAMILIES are being invited to get to grips with a new riding club on Portland, which is holding an Easter-themed event to boost interest.

The Isle of Portland Riding Club hosted its inaugural meeting last month and is now planning to host an Easter egg hunt as its first event.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 19 in the field at the top of Sweet Hill Road, Southwell.

From 2pm, pairs will be tasked to find clues as part of a walk and trot hunt, which will cater for all abilities and ages.

A nine-mile course will be used for older participants, with organisers hoping to highlight the best of Portland.

Meanwhile, a two-mile course will be introduced for younger entrants.

Children under-16 who attend on their own must have a signature of a parent or guardian confirming they are satisfied their child has the ability to ride in an open field on their own.

Entry costs £15 per pair and entry forms can be downloaded from the Isle of Portland Riding Club Facebook page.

Non-riding spectators are welcome to attend and watch the day’s events unfold.

Gill Balchin, club treasurer, said the club had been set up to cater for the large number of horse riders on Portland.

She said: “We wanted to set up something for all the riders who keep their horses on Portland, and ride over this area with the aim of the club becoming affiliated with the British Riding Clubs.”

These clubs give members the opportunity to ride, compete and train together at national competitions.

Gill added: “Portland is a unique place so the riding club should offer something unique for Portland riders.”

Gill said the club isn’t exclusive to Portland residents. She said: “The idea is to encourage people into horse riding.”

An adult membership fee for the club costs £10 whilst riders under the age of 18 pay £8. Non-riding members can join for £7.50.

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