A COLD start and chill wind welcomed the many horses and riders who took part in the latest Escrick Park Pleasure Ride.

However, it remained dry until the last of the riders arrived safely back at the venue, which was in stark contrast to the heavy snow showers that plagued this event last year. Organised by the North and East Yorkshire Group of Endurance GB, the ride gets the season off to a great start, passing through some scenic countryside around Escrick Park and Skipwith Common.

All of the group’s pleasure rides are suitable for beginners and families, as well as the more experienced rider, and many were enjoying their first taste of endurance riding. There were two routes available, a shorter ride covering 20k or a longer route covering 30k. For anyone who would like to find out more about endurance riding, there will be a training day at Knayton, near Thirsk, on April 17.

The training day will cover everything from map reading and horse fitness, to rules and completing forms.

For more information phone Lesley Hughes on 01845 537210 For details of forthcoming rides visit the website www.neyorksgroupofegb.com