Leyland bridleways to be extended after fancy dress fund-raiser

Horse riders got into the spooky spirit of Halloween for a fancy dress trek around Leyland at the weekend.

Members of the Ulnes Walton Riding Association went all out for the fund-raising ride, with one rider, 12-year-old Macy Martland, even anatomically illustrating her horse Travis for the occasion.

Macy Martland with Travis

Macy Martland with Travis

The group met at Longton Riding Club in Moss Lane, off Ulnes Walton Lane, Leyland, on Sunday morning.

Funds from the annual ride are used to upgrade and create bridleways in the area, with members previously generating enough money, along with grants, to introduce a multi-use track around the Moss Side Playing Fields, for use by pedestrians and cyclists too.

Next on the agenda was the challenge of raising £59,000 to extend the path to create a full loop around the site, which chair Sue Taylor-Green says they have just managed to achieve.

“It’s out to tender and we’re hoping the work will start in the new year,” she added. “We’re still fund-raising for the club because although a lot of the money for the bridlepath came from grant funding, we still had to use a lot of our own money for the project.

“We’re constantly fund-raising for various projects, such as refurbishing existing paths, and we’ve also bought some hi-vis vests for riders.”

Around 105 riders took part and £1,400 was raised.