10:39am Monday 15th April 2013
By Sara Pawsey
IF you and your horse fancy a spring getaway, luxury accommodation for you and your four-legged friend are on the doorstep.
And there is choice for everyone – froma canter around Bredonin south Worcestershire to a trek on the stunning Worcestershire Shropshire hills or a foray into the Forest of Dean.
The British Horse Society has joined together with Farm Stay UK to offer comfortable bed and breakfast and self-catering cottages where yourhorse cansafely graze under your bedroom window.
Horses Welcome members have been assessed by the British Horse Society to make sure that the stabling, grazing and other facilities for horses are safe and maintained to a required standard.
Whether you wishto bring your horse on holiday or travel to compete, the scheme makes it easy to find suitable grazing and a comfortable stable.
Farm Stay UK offers a list of friendly rural accommodation available to guests across the country, which have been quality assured.
You will only find theFarmStay UK sign outside working farms, smallholdings, rural enterprises and true country properties BHS spokesman Ben Neal said: “It is the UK’s first quality assured scheme for equine bed and breakfast accommodation.”
Welcome members have fantastic riding on their doorstep and are happy to help people choose the best routes. Ride from one venue to another or stay at one and try different rides each day.
People who join the scheme get advantages such as a custody and control insurance to cover legal liability should a visiting horse be injured at your premises.
There is marketing support, including marketing to more than 106,000 British Horse Society and British Riding Club members, special offers exclusive to Horses Welcomemembers fromtime to time and a HorsesWelcome plaque to display.
The annualfee formembership is £65.There is also a £35 inspection fee. For more details about the scheme, contact Ben Neal, Horses Welcome, the British Horse Society, AbbeyPark,Stareton, Kenilworth,Warwickshire CV8 2XZ.
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