Child thrown from pony in bike scare in Westbury

This Is Wiltshire: Adrian Miles of the White Horse Equestrian Centre with rider Maddy Bias and Rose, on one of the routes used by bikers Adrian Miles of the White Horse Equestrian Centre with rider Maddy Bias and Rose, on one of the routes used by bikers

The owner of a Westbury horseriding centre has said she fears a rider will be seriously injured or even killed by bikers on a bridleway.

Lesley Awdry, owner of the White Horse Equestrian Centre in Newtown, gave her warning after an 11-year-old girl was thrown from a pony startled by a passing quad bike on September 30.

The girl suffered minor injuries, but the biker did not stop. Later that day, a pair of dog walkers on the same route were forced into brambles, also by a quad bike.

Mrs Awdry said quad bikers and motorcyclists had been a problem in the area since she started the centre 20 years ago.

“It is a huge problem and has been going on a long time. This is only the latest incident of a person being thrown,” she said.

“The little girl was really traumatised. Some passing walkers had to help calm her down as her fellow riders were trying to keep her pony under control.

“Luckily, she wasn’t badly injured, but you don’t have to be racing along to hurt yourself falling from a horse. “You can come off it standing, land badly and break your neck.

“Also, the cliff next to the bridleway is very steep there. If you fell off the wrong way, it is a long way down.”

She said the centre had tried putting gates up on the bridleway in the past, but the idea had fallen foul of local farmers and the National Trust.

“They use the farmers’ fields to get through from Bratton Road to the Ridgeway and if you try and stop them they just drive at you, so you have to get out of the way,” she added.

“They aren’t just youngsters –there are dads with their children. I stopped one once and he said they can’t take the road as they aren’t road legal.”

PC Darren Foulger, the Westbury rural beat manager, said illegal use of quad bikes and motorbikes has also been reported on other bridleways and footpaths and in farmers’ fields.

He said: “They are even riding within the red flag zone on Salisbury Plain, which doesn’t seem wise.

“I will be doing more patrols with PCSO Luke Breedt and we are working with Wiltshire Council on this.

“People caught driving quad bikes along bridleways and footpaths can expect to be referred to court, or prosecuted if they are driving dangerously or unlicensed.

“These bikes can be road legal and driven on highways and byways. We want everyone to enjoy this area, but to do it legally and safely.”

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8:01pm Fri 19 Oct 12

CAN-AM 500 says...

I'm writing to say that i've been riding Quad bikes for nearly seven years with a good friend from Westbury. And i don't want to be labled with the same people that you are complaining of. We ride for leisure, and to look at the mess that fly tippers leave. We use Newtown often, and travel across the White Horse to the ridgeway. We are always careful when walkers, dog walkers, cyclists and horse riders, due to friends who ride. and either go off in the other direction, or stop if we can't. When there has been wreckless riders about, we seem to be stopped and harrassed because we are easy targets. As for the track that leads from Newtown to Wellhead, that has had motor vehicles of many kinds using it for the last 50 years. If stangers come into the area, for which there are alot, they will use these tacks without even looking at signs. I think we will all have to do our bit to get along, and all use what we have, and not just the chosen few. Robert Dunn. Road Legal and Responsible Quad Bike Rider.
I'm writing to say that i've been riding Quad bikes for nearly seven years with a good friend from Westbury. And i don't want to be labled with the same people that you are complaining of. We ride for leisure, and to look at the mess that fly tippers leave. We use Newtown often, and travel across the White Horse to the ridgeway. We are always careful when walkers, dog walkers, cyclists and horse riders, due to friends who ride. and either go off in the other direction, or stop if we can't. When there has been wreckless riders about, we seem to be stopped and harrassed because we are easy targets. As for the track that leads from Newtown to Wellhead, that has had motor vehicles of many kinds using it for the last 50 years. If stangers come into the area, for which there are alot, they will use these tacks without even looking at signs. I think we will all have to do our bit to get along, and all use what we have, and not just the chosen few. Robert Dunn. Road Legal and Responsible Quad Bike Rider. CAN-AM 500
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7:04am Sat 20 Oct 12

old 'arry says...

A BICYCLE = TWO WHEELS so how the hell can you have a four-wheeled two wheeler, a "quad bike"?????
I have a neighbour who runs a high-speed circuit where drivers and riders can go to experience safe speed. He refuses to allow "quad bikes" on it because as he says, they combine the worst points of cars and motorbikes - they lack the acceleration and manouverability of a bike and the protection of a car (bodywork, belts, airbags) He is too ^polite to add that they seem to appeal to the "boy racers", the "look at me" sort who also love to race around on jet-skis
A BICYCLE = TWO WHEELS so how the hell can you have a four-wheeled two wheeler, a "quad bike"????? I have a neighbour who runs a high-speed circuit where drivers and riders can go to experience safe speed. He refuses to allow "quad bikes" on it because as he says, they combine the worst points of cars and motorbikes - they lack the acceleration and manouverability of a bike and the protection of a car (bodywork, belts, airbags) He is too ^polite to add that they seem to appeal to the "boy racers", the "look at me" sort who also love to race around on jet-skis old 'arry
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8:38am Sun 21 Oct 12

seanduggs says...

“Luckily, she wasn’t badly injured, but you don’t have to be racing along to hurt yourself falling from a horse. “You can come off it standing, land badly and break your neck.


if horses are this dangerous then why take them to places that may make them uneasy and put risk to a rider
quad bikes are safe they have a MOT to prove this
its the idiots with not licence/insurance are the ones who have no respect to others and should be dealt with
if there was a track where kids ans dads could take there bikes and quads im sure that this would be a safer option but im sure someone would complain about that too
it seem no matter what you do whether your on a bike /quad/horse/offroadb
uggy someone is there to try and make it difficult for people to have a bit of fun
“Luckily, she wasn’t badly injured, but you don’t have to be racing along to hurt yourself falling from a horse. “You can come off it standing, land badly and break your neck. if horses are this dangerous then why take them to places that may make them uneasy and put risk to a rider quad bikes are safe they have a MOT to prove this its the idiots with not licence/insurance are the ones who have no respect to others and should be dealt with if there was a track where kids ans dads could take there bikes and quads im sure that this would be a safer option but im sure someone would complain about that too it seem no matter what you do whether your on a bike /quad/horse/offroadb uggy someone is there to try and make it difficult for people to have a bit of fun seanduggs
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2:36pm Sun 21 Oct 12

cght36 says...

This is the same stables that lets kids go off on their own with no experience at all as long as their parents are walking by them!! some with no experience of horses either!! I quite often walk around this area and have never come across quad bikes being silly. The only quad bikes Ive come across are usually along the back road behind the white horse and those slow when they see people coming.
This is the same stables that lets kids go off on their own with no experience at all as long as their parents are walking by them!! some with no experience of horses either!! I quite often walk around this area and have never come across quad bikes being silly. The only quad bikes Ive come across are usually along the back road behind the white horse and those slow when they see people coming. cght36
  • Score: -4

7:17pm Sun 21 Oct 12

david2 says...

A press article titled Bridleway signs pit neighbours against local business
Another, Unlawful Barrier on Ancient Wellhead Valley, which refers to Wiltshire Council being misled, and was removed with police assistance 23-4 10
I am surprised P C Foulger is prepared to give further time attending to White Horse E Q Centre after unlawful Police action 30-6-10 and the need for professional standards to apply local procedures alleged to be in force. P C Foulger it appears is being used to get another barrier.
A press article titled Bridleway signs pit neighbours against local business Another, Unlawful Barrier on Ancient Wellhead Valley, which refers to Wiltshire Council being misled, and was removed with police assistance 23-4 10 I am surprised P C Foulger is prepared to give further time attending to White Horse E Q Centre after unlawful Police action 30-6-10 and the need for professional standards to apply local procedures alleged to be in force. P C Foulger it appears is being used to get another barrier. david2
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9:40am Mon 22 Oct 12

DaveHegarty says...

david2 wrote:
A press article titled Bridleway signs pit neighbours against local business
Another, Unlawful Barrier on Ancient Wellhead Valley, which refers to Wiltshire Council being misled, and was removed with police assistance 23-4 10
I am surprised P C Foulger is prepared to give further time attending to White Horse E Q Centre after unlawful Police action 30-6-10 and the need for professional standards to apply local procedures alleged to be in force. P C Foulger it appears is being used to get another barrier.
Grr quite right, nonsensical rambling and much fist banging etc. Lets just cut out the middle ground, blame PC Foulger for something obscure (maybe world hunger, that's not been attributed to anyone lately) and get back on topic.

Glad the rider isn't badly hurt. Hopefully these idiots get caught and punished; that might teach them to be a bit more respectful of others. As much as riders need to be responsible, a lot (not all) of quads I see around have unbaffled exhausts loud enough to startle a lot of horses... it only takes the rider to dip the clutch and slow down and they will pass the horses unhindered.
[quote][p][bold]david2[/bold] wrote: A press article titled Bridleway signs pit neighbours against local business Another, Unlawful Barrier on Ancient Wellhead Valley, which refers to Wiltshire Council being misled, and was removed with police assistance 23-4 10 I am surprised P C Foulger is prepared to give further time attending to White Horse E Q Centre after unlawful Police action 30-6-10 and the need for professional standards to apply local procedures alleged to be in force. P C Foulger it appears is being used to get another barrier.[/p][/quote]Grr quite right, nonsensical rambling and much fist banging etc. Lets just cut out the middle ground, blame PC Foulger for something obscure (maybe world hunger, that's not been attributed to anyone lately) and get back on topic. Glad the rider isn't badly hurt. Hopefully these idiots get caught and punished; that might teach them to be a bit more respectful of others. As much as riders need to be responsible, a lot (not all) of quads I see around have unbaffled exhausts loud enough to startle a lot of horses... it only takes the rider to dip the clutch and slow down and they will pass the horses unhindered. DaveHegarty
  • Score: 3

7:28pm Tue 23 Oct 12

snorky says...

It concerns me that passers by had to help calm the girl down - werent there enough staff out with the ride to do this instead? What about first aiders - I used to ride there, there were no first aiders to be found even when I came off badly hurting myself. In their adverts they state that they are BHS approved, but not according to the BHS!! I rode up there for quite a while and never, repeat, never came across quad bikes or such like. I'm not saying there is no problem, but be aware of exaggeration.
It concerns me that passers by had to help calm the girl down - werent there enough staff out with the ride to do this instead? What about first aiders - I used to ride there, there were no first aiders to be found even when I came off badly hurting myself. In their adverts they state that they are BHS approved, but not according to the BHS!! I rode up there for quite a while and never, repeat, never came across quad bikes or such like. I'm not saying there is no problem, but be aware of exaggeration. snorky
  • Score: 1

11:33am Thu 25 Oct 12

bushranger says...

Why are the local farmers and National Trust against gates.If they're riding "off road" why an MOT. There is always the few that spoil it for the rest ,whether it's horse riders not closing farmers gates after them or off roaders not caring for other bridle way users.
Why are the local farmers and National Trust against gates.If they're riding "off road" why an MOT. There is always the few that spoil it for the rest ,whether it's horse riders not closing farmers gates after them or off roaders not caring for other bridle way users. bushranger
  • Score: 1

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