14 August 2016 – Harwood Dale

Harwood Dale was run as a national competitive ride for the first time last year, so it is still a bit of  hidden gem in the calendar. It is on the edge of the North York Moors and close to Scarborough,with some beautiful views over the surrounding countryside.

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The tracks are a perfect mixture of forest, moorland and farmland, so it is definitely one to be added to the list. The route was beautifully marked.

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We were helping man a checkpoint on the edge of Broxa Forest, and we had horses coming at us from three directions. There were lots of smiling horses and riders.

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The checkpoint was also a crewpoint

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Our last riders through were the 65kms doing their final loop, but they were still smiling.

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All the 65kms passed their final vettings, and Linda Cowperthwaite and BHA Sultan (Freddie) won the best condition award.

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From left to right – Evelyn Helme, Linda Cowperthwaite, Freddie, Kerry Dawson, Di Sanderson

Well done everyone, and thank you to N&E Yorkshire group for putting on such a special ride.

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14 August 2016 – Harwood Dale

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