Dozens of horses and their riders are expected to leave the fields and bridleways behind and hit the roads of the Isle of Wight tomorrow (Sunday) as part of a national day of action.
The ‘Pass Wide & Slow’ campaign is being publicised across the country with more than 70 rideouts organised to take place on Sunday 14th April.
The aim of tomorrow’s local ride is to draw attention to the ever-growing need for all motor vehicle drivers to be well aware of the high number of horses ‘needing’ to be ridden on the Island’s rural and twisty road network.
Organisers say that the ride has been scheduled to take place at 11:00 with groups setting off from Ryde, Newport, Godshill, Wroxall (Cooks Castle – main road), Freshwater and Porchfield. Riders will be using classified roads.
It is possible that motorists will face delays on the road network on what is set to be another glorious Spring day due to the groups of horses together, as well as the pedestrians following behind sporting promotional banners.
Marian Perrott, organiser of the local event, has said:
”On the Island the vast majority of drivers are kind, patient and courteous towards equestrian traffic. We appreciate their thoughtfulness immensely and hope their courtesy is always clearly acknowledged by equestrians.
”Unfortunately though, a small minority of drivers can be unnecessarily impatient and reckless in passing horses too fast and too close. This can result in horse and rider injuries and death far more easily than those drivers may imagine, so it is those drivers that we hope to reach out to via the awareness rides”.