ROUTE CLOSURES – 30th January 2013
It is with sadness that we have to report the closure of three routes.
WS07 – Hook Farm – the landowner has decided to make changes on his land. Our local agent Penny Cottrell worked very hard to try to rescue the route and we would like to thank her for her efforts. Unfortunately these changes are incompatible with having the route on their land and the route will close from effect from 2nd February 2013.
WS04 – Hyde/Handcross – this route will close with effect from 3rd April 2013 following a decision of the Trustees of the Hyde 1990 Trust.
KE14 – Rolvenden – this route will close with effect from 30th April 2013.
Unfortunately two of these routes had a very small number of members and therefore they weren’t financially viable for the landowner. This coupled with problems on a few of these routes such as fly tipping and some people riding on wet ground have led to the closures.
This has highlighted to us how important it is that we recruit members for our routes. Without a good core of members on each route, there is the very real risk that we could lose other routes.
In addition our members enjoy the privilege of riding on the toll rides due to the generosity and assistance of our landowners, farmers and the Forestry Commission. The income for our landowners varies a good deal from year to year and a steady, if small, income from an area of their land given to horse riding may be welcome, provided it covers their costs, that it does not require too much of their time and effort and that they do not suffer too much hassle.
We should not forget our routes are not guaranteed to remain open for ever if our membership numbers fall and problems are caused for the landowners.
Please, please encourage your friends, family and fellow riders to join TROT. We can’t do it without you!