Gosford Forest Park
After an unpromising start to the day, with gale force winds and torrential rain, things improved to the extent that riders had to ensure their horses were not overheating in the spring sunshine at Gosford Forest Park last weekend. Almost 50 riders and horses got the chance to enjoy the lovely course marked round the forest tracks by organiser John Anderson and 16 competitive riders took on the various distances offered by vetted trail rides. Attending veterinary surgeon David Nealham, MRCVS had a busy day assessing the Pony Club and Competitive Ride horses who had turned out in force to get in some early season practice before the eagerly anticipated St.Patricks Coast Ride on 26th April.
Gosford, with little in the way of hills (unlike the previous ride at Tollymore) offered riders the chance to increase the pace slightly, to asses their horses fitness levels and all were well up to the challenge, with 100% success rate throughout the competitive classes.