Back in the Saddle for 2020

As spring arrives, hopefully with some better weather, you might be starting to plan your riding schedule for the year. Have a look at the list of fun rides under ‘dates for your diary‘.

Remember, when the need arises, SSBA can help put together a clearance party to get rid of brambles etc on bridleways.

Our committe members have planned DofE ridden expedition routes in Somerset, Devon and Dorset and done 2-4 day rides in the south west such as the Coleridge Way and Wessex Ridgeway. Contact us if you would like help to plan your horsey holiday.

Happy riding and driving!

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

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.

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.

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.

A fabulous place to stay on Exmoor (with your horse).

Wintershead is a group of holiday cottages converted from a traditional Exmoor farm set in stunning countryside just south of Simonsbath. I first visited when the owners kindly allowed the Seavington Pony Club Duke of Edinburgh’s Award expedition teams to pitch their tents in the garden and stable their horses in the three traditional stables which they let out with the cottages.

I always promised myself I would return and stay and last weekend I did. The setting was as spectacular as I remembered and the cottage a delight right down to the equine reading material in the magazine rack.   If you are looking for a base to take your horse to ride the network of bridleways on  Exmoor I can recommend a look at their website .