AGM and talk “Weird tales of Bridleways”

Please do come along to our AGM on Tuesday 22nd October at the Wyndham Arms, Kingsbury Episcopi TA12 6AT at 7.30pm.

This will be followed by our speaker Caroline Baldock who was one of the first women to be granted a professional jockeys licence. She will entertain us with “Weird tales of Bridleways”.

We’d love to see as many of you there as possible.

Stourhead and Penselwood Read and Ride Sunday 6th October

A 9 mile ride through the Stourhead estate with wonderful scenery and woodland tracks. This is a read and ride route; you will be given a map and written instructions. £12.00 per rider.

Start time 9.30am, last rider to start no later than 10.45am.

To book your place phone Penny Varnes on 01747 840680 or 07494 895940

Complete the entry form here and bring it with you or email to pvarnes2@gmail.com

Directions to venue, Bonham Airfield in Bells Lane, Stourton:

Grid Reference 780336

From the west, A303 take the Tinkers Hill exit east of Wincanton signed for Gillingham and Blandford. Turn right at the T junction and follow the road to Zeals. Turn left signed to St Martin’s Business Park. Parking is on the left after approximately 1 mile.

From Frome, take the B3092 turn right to Stourhead, then left into Bells Lane. Parking is a short distance on the right.

Saving Swallows

Nancy (one of our members) was shocked to find that one of the two swallows nesting in her barn had become tangled and died in a loop of binder twine which was included in the nest.

Perhaps due to the dry spring, not enough mud was foundfor nest building.

So the message is, please collect and put away all the odd bits of twine from hay bales.

Swallows nesting in stables are precious to us.

Westmoor Read and Ride – 30th June 2019

Read and Ride around Westmoor, between Kingsbury Episcopi and Hambridge on Sunday 30th June 2019.

About 8 miles, some road to start and finish. Mostly droves and canal paths.

Level and easy to map read as all straight lines.

Starts 09:30 to 11:00 – £5 per horse and rider.

Book with Belinda Burne – 01460 240360

Please book in with Belinda Burne on 01460 240360 before Saturday 29th so that we know how many maps to bring.

Hi-viz to be worn please.

Trailers are ok to squeeze carefully through to the parking field. Lorries need a space booked nearby.

The ground for this ride has probably been unusually dry, now after a stormy week some of it may be soggy. We will check before the ride.

A303 Sparkford to Ilchester dualling scheme

Our chair, Sarah Bucks, has been working hard on getting as many new safe riding routes as possible out of the A303 Sparkford to Ilchester improvement scheme.  Sarah recently responded to ‘Deadline 7’ and there is only one more deadline to go before June 12th.


Attached is what has been submitted. Please let us know your comments.

Project Link

SSBA Submission

Ham Hill Read and Ride – 19th May 2019

Don’t forget, Ham Hill Read and ride this Sunday 19th May.

Start between 9:30 and 11:00am.
Route is about 8 miles long.

Includes fields,tracks and small roads. One small tree trunk to jump or step over. Some short canters.

£5 per horse and rider, coffee and squash available.

Parking in the Lime Kiln car park on the right of the Odcombe road coming up from Stoke sub Hamdon.

Please book in with Belinda Burne on 01460 240360 before Saturday 18th so that we know how many maps to bring.

Hi-viz to be worn please.