Congratulations to Anna & Mr P


NSBA member Anna Collins, is the proud winner of the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Elite Endurance Award 2017.


During the 2017 season, Anna competed with Endurance GB, rode over 660km and earned 1242 points with her recycled racer, Karactacus Potts.


Anna was presented with the award at the prestigious Jockey Club in New Market by Clare Balding and Luke Harvey.



Anna said, “this is only my second competitive season with Karactacus Potts and what a way to get to know him. He is a wonderful horse with so much to give. I was delighted to be recognised by RoR for all the hard work that goes into retraining a thoroughbred for a second career.


I have been a member of NSBA for over 20 years and find their rides an excellent way to keep my horses fit between competitions, see some wonderful countryside in North Staffordshire and help to keep our precious bridleways open.”


More information about endurance riding and local competitive and pleasure rides can be found at


If you have the necessary skills and time to set up a group Facebook page for us we would be very grateful 

please contact Jude if you can help


Calling all Stoke-on-Trent riders

We would like to speak to anybody,member or non-member who has knowledge of horse riding routes in Stoke-on-Trent, particularly the Southern part of the city.

The S-o-T Rights of Way officer is trying to identify horse paths to get them legally recorded as bridlepaths.

Please contact Jane Ridley 01782 680323 for information.


NSBA needs a new website


If you or a member of your family have the necessary skills please help us


The web site promotes NSBA, it brings in much needed new members

and attracts non-members to rides


Please contact Jude for more details

as soon as possible



ICE (In Case of Emergency) Arm Bands

We now have ICE arm bands for sale and would like members to wear one when taking part in NSBA rides, so that we always have emergency contact details available in case of an accident. It is also a good idea to wear one when hacking out, especially if riding alone.


Why not buy two, keep one in your vehicle and one at home, so you are never without one at events?                     

The arm bands are florescent elasticated cases which hold a small card giving the relevant information.                

 We will not be making a profit from the sale, we are selling the armbands at the cost price of £4.                       

They will be available at NSBA rides, please bring correct cash or cheque. BBA will also be selling the same arm bands.



says keep it lighter later

The Society has lent its support to the Lighter Later campaign, which is seeking to adjust British Summer Time to give lighter evenings.Part of the 10:10 initiative, which seeks to cut carbon emissions by ten percent in 2010, Lighter Later wants a three year trial in which the clocks in Great Britain shift forward by one hour throughout the year.

It's confusingly known as Single Double Summer Time, but the idea is relatively simple: currently the UK operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) for most of the year, and an hour ahead (GMT+1) for the summer, also known as British Summer Time.

The clocks go forward an hour on the last Sunday in March, and back again on the last Sunday in October. Single Double Summer Time would mean not putting the clocks back - keeping British Summer Time (GMT+1) throughoutthe winter - and putting them forward a further hour in the summer (GMT+2).

The result would be that while the sun would rise an hour later throughout the year, there would be more daylight in the evenings when more people would be around to make use of it. This would make roads safer, facilities more accessible during the hours of daylight, and cut carbon emissions.

The BHS supports the propos­als, which are being given serious consideration in the Houses of Parliament, as they would provide more daylight in the evening, mak­ing the roads safer for equestrian use, compared to the darker winter evenings we currently experience.

See for more information, including how to support the 10:10 project and reduce your carbon emissions.

The benefits
Cut at least 447,000 tonnes of CO2 pollution - equivalent to more than 50,000 cars driving all the way around the world - each year.
Save 100 lives each year and prevent hundreds of serious injuries by making the roads safer

Lower our electricity bills by maximising the available daylight and reducing peak power demand

Create 60,000-80,000 new jobs in leisure and tourism, bringing an extra £2.5-3.5 billion into the economy each year

Reduce crime and the fear of crime

Help make people healthier and tackle obesity by giving people more time to exercise and play sport outside in the evening.

Save the NHS around £138 million a year through reducing road casualties

Improve quality of life for older people

Make the nation happier - including reducing the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder

Demonstrate that dealing with climate change can be good for the economy, good for people and good for society as a whole


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Article taken from “THE REPORTER” JUNE 2010

Moves aim to keep the rural economy riding high

HORSE riding has a major impact on Newcastle-under-Lyme with up to £6.5 million being generated for the local economy through riding schools, blacksmiths, livery and riding clothes. As a result, the borough council has launched an Equestrian Strategy to help riders and the industry.

THE borough council estimates that there are more than 5,000 junior rid­ers, about 700 regular adult riders and around 1,300 horses in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Robert Foster, Head of Leisure and Cultural Services, said: "Work surrounding the keeping and riding of horses is a significant factor in Newcastle's rural economy.

The horse riding industry sup­ports jobs, provides an enjoyable hobby and helps to keep people fit and healthy.

Our Equestrian Strategy is designed to recognise the signifi­cance of horse riding and to consid­er how to increase and improve bri­dleways in the borough."

Cllr. Wenslie Naylon, who is a rider herself and has championed the development of the Equestrian Strategy, said: "We need the strate­gy to promote the use of off-road riding tracks and bridleways and to ensure they are developed and maintained.

"The strategy will link into the council's planning policies to ensure that the existence of a bridleway is recognised when planning applications are considered. Funding from developers could be used to create safe, off-road tracks for horse riders."

Cllr. Naylon - who has just taken on Cabinet responsibilities for culture and active communities said there were active groups of riders in the borough such as The North Staffordshire Bridleways Association and Sport Endurance.

"Social and competition rides throughout the year attract large numbers of people and there are many more people who simply ride for pleasure," she added. "There is a lack of bridleways in this area, perhaps because of the history of coal mining.

"However, access for horse riders is developing in areas such as Apedale Country Park and groups are working towards the development of a Potteries Ring Route taking in both Newcastle and Stoke-on-Trent."

Spotlight on Bridleways

What kind of riding do you do on your horse? Is it mostly work in the manege, or in a covered school? Do you jump, or focus on dressage? If you hack out, where do you tend to ride? Do you explore your local bridleways network, or do you tend to stick to quiet roads? Many of us may not be very familiar with our local bridleways - or even know how to find out about them. Jane Ridley at the North Staffordshire Bridleways Association (NSBA) would like to change that. She's passionate about riders and their horses getting out and making the most of as many ride routes as possible in their local area. Without riders using the routes, it becomes more and more difficult for the NSBA to lobby local authorities to maintain them. All too often, Jane is finding bridleways downgraded to footpaths, or routes made impossible to use by badly installed gateways, or other hindrances. The many bridleways associations working in the area are doing their best to keep routes open for us, but unless more people use their local bridleways, and keep organisations like the NSBA informed, the danger is that many bridleways may simply disappear. It really is a case of "use it or lose it”.

NSBA had been in existence for 20 years, and has between 60 and 70 members across the three counties of Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire. It was started simply because of the poor standard of local bridleways at the time.
As well as running a variety of organised rides throughout the area the association works on a number of initiatives to improve bridleways and access for local riders. One of their biggest projects to date is the establishment of the Potteries Bridle Ring Route, which provides a massive ride route around the perimeter of Stoke on Trent (around 60 miles in all!). So if you're a novice to the whole concept of bridleways, what's Jane's advice? Well, start by getting hold of a Ordnance Survey Explorer map which is large scale (2.5 ins per mile), and also - very importantly - includes field boundaries, so you can see which side of the hedge you should be riding! The Explorer maps will clearly show the bridleways in your area. Next get out and find them - if you're not confident about riding them to begin with, take the dog and go out on foot (bridleways should be indicated with blue arrow markers). Once you're happy you've found a good route, use it! The more riders who use the paths, the more weight organisations like NSBA will have when putting pressure on local authorities to maintain the routes. Lastly, if you come across a bridleway which is inaccessible for some reason, inform the County Council Public Rights of Way department - or an organisation such as NSBA or the BHS. If you're not confident about exploring local ride routes with your horse on your own, why not go along to one of our BHS Staffs pleasure rides, or one of those organised by NSBA? The BHS pleasure rides are approximately 10 miles long and can be entered on the day. Each rider receives a rosette for completing the route. The NSBA rides are usually between 10 and 20 miles, and entries need to be made in advance. A ride rosette is awarded at each ride, and the mileage counts towards cumulative mileage awards and annual trophies. Whilst some riders have used these rides as a preliminary before going onto endurance, many people simply ride them for fun.