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Olympic Medallist launches hacking trails

Three time Olympic medallist and Surrey Hills resident Pippa Funnell MBE was on hand last week to help promote horse riding in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and to launch a series of new hacking trails.

Based just outside Dorking, Pippa was keen to raise the profile of horse riding in the area and comments; “We are so lucky to live and work in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a wonderful asset and so close to London. The hills are perfect for keeping our horses fit and the variety of terrain keeps them mentally alert which is important on the Eventing circuit. I feel proud to live in such a beautiful part of the country”.

The Surrey Hills Board, established an equestrian working group two years ago, who work hard to not only promote horse riding opportunities in the Surrey Hills but also to educate other users on the importance of sharing the landscape with care.

Vice Chairman of the Surrey Hills Board, Councillor David Mir comments; “The Surrey Hills offers a truly spectacular venue to horse ride. With extensive rights of way, open commons, sunken lanes, easy access, attractive market towns and villages and outstanding scenery, it is a must destination for any rider. We work proactively with the mountain bike community to ensure a safe environment both for cyclists and equestrians”.

To celebrate horse riding in the Surrey Hills, a Horseman’s Sunday event has been organised on 22 April.  This special and unique event will see riders of all abilities ride out to St Martha’s Church where Reverend Stephanie Sokolowski, will conduct a short service and blessing. All horses will be blessed and will receive a rosette.

Click here to find out more about this FREE event and register.

A series of 9 new hacking trails across the Surrey Hills have been developed by the Equestrian group which include a detailed route description and map. Click here to view the new routes.