BHS Challenge Rides

BHS Challenge Rides

BHS Welfare works to improve the lives of horses across the UK and has more equine Welfare Officers than any other UK organisation.

They are able to offer a lifeline to more than 8,000 horses per year. Current initiatives include the “Think before you breed” campaign; the “Friend at the End” support scheme (FATE); and the “Grass Sickness” campaign.

Each Challenge Ride is carefully constructed and combines a great route with sound horses, reliable tack and top-notch local guides. Above all, Riding Challenges are group activities (usually 10 riders) and it's a shared experience.

A BHS Riding Challenge is achievable by any rider who cares about horses and rides regularly (once or twice a week). Everyone enjoys the experience of a lifetime and raise money that is crucial to the welfare work. Saddle-up and enjoy a life-changing experience.

This really does put the fun in fundraising! For more information on the British Horse Society www.bhs.org.uk or contact Wendy Minor at BHS (Welfare) wendy.minor@bhs.org.uk or Venture Co.

Challenge rides 2018

Footsteps of the Inca, Peru

25th May to 9th June 2018
A horse ride in Peru’s Sacred Valley and along trails cut by the Incas, on sturdy ponies descended from the Conquistadors’ Andalusians. This will be the most spectacular country you’ll ever hack through with peaks on every side rising to above 6,000m; ends at Machu Picchu.

Explore Peru

Damaraland, Namibia

12th to 24th July 2018
A horse ride from the heart of Damaraland in northern Namibia to the Atlantic Ocean. Explore the area and vast plains where desert-adapted animals thrive in this arid but stunningly beautiful part of Namibia.

Explore Namibia

Tölt, hot springs and volcanoes, Iceland

25th July to 5th August 2018
Ride Iceland horses on a spectacular trail to explore the hot springs, rivers, waterfalls and lakes of Iceland’s backcountry. Get the feel of tölting, the energy-saving “5th gear” of the Iceland Horse. There is also time for a soak in a natural hot pool!

Explore Iceland

Gobi Steppe Trail, Mongolia

19th to 31st August 2018
Mongolia is as different from the UK as you can get: vast, with a tiny population and a reviving nomad culture. Their horses (not ponies!) are tough little things with bags of stamina. This 12 day ride takes you across open Steppe and around the fringes of sandy deserts. Spend a night in a ‘ger’.

Explore Mongolia

Berber Encounter, Morocco

15th to 22nd September 2018
8 day riding along the Atlantic Coast and visiting Berber villages inland. Canter along the beaches with the sound and splash of the ocean at your side. Barb stallions; beach camping (fully supported). A “Barb” is a horse from the Barbary Coast and is renowned for its courage, sure-footedness and verve.

Explore Morocco
Challenge Rides 2017

India - Riding with Kings

23rd Sept to 4th Oct 2017
14 days in Rajasthan aboard Marwari horses which are forward-going, well-schooled and quick! Explore the heritage of the Shekhawati region famous for the painted “havelis” or merchant’s mansions. We stay in castles, hevalis and a charming Jaipur town-house.

Explore India

Chile - The Andes Crossing

18th to 29th Nov 2017
10 days: a ride through Patagonia from Chile, through the Andes to Argentina exploring the Chilean Lake District along old smuggler’s routes and drovers' roads that criss-cross rivers, skirt around lakes and lead through towering forests

Explore Chile

Spain - Alpujarra Trail

22nd to 30th July 2017
8 days: Las Alpujarras is the name of the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The horses are Andalusian and crosses. English and Western tack available. Sound trails, spectacular mountain views and a fantastic riding experience!

Explore Spain

The Balotra Horse Fair Ride

14th to 26th March 2017
In the southwest corner of Rajasthan, sitting on the bank of the River Luni, is the annual market gathering that is the horse-and-camel fair wonder known as Balotra. It’s not unusual to see 1,000 Marwari horses, 20,000 camels and 40,000 bullocks assembled in the flat expanse of the sandy riverbed.

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The Namib Desert Ride

8th to 19th April 2017
Visit the iconic “dune 45”at Sossusvlei; the entire desert is multi-coloured and a world heritage site; the game is desert-adapted; a great deal of the ride is “fenceless” with unrestricted canters across the plains. This Namibia horse ride was voted “The toughest commercially available ride in the World”. It is also, and undeniably, the ride of a lifetime.

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Challenge Rides 2016

Morocco - Barbary Coast

2016 - cancelled
8 day ride along the Atlantic Coast. Ride within sight, sound and splash of the ocean the entire way. Barb stallions; beach camping (fully supported). A “Barb” is a horse from the Barbary Coast and is renowned for its courage, sure-footedness and verve.

Explore Morocco

India - Riding with Kings

24th Sept to 5th Oct 2016
14 days in Rajasthan aboard Marwari horses which are forward-going, well-schooled and quick! Explorethe heritage of the Shekhawati region famous for the painted “havelis” or merchant’s mansions. We stay in castles, hevalis and a charming Jaipur town-house.

Explore India

Chile - The Andes Crossing

18th to 31st Nov 2016
10 days: a ride from Chile, through the Andes to Argentina exploring the Chilean Lake District along old smuggler’s routes and drovers' roads that criss-cross rivers, skirt around lakes and lead through towering forests

Explore Chile

Chile - The Andes Crossing

30th Nov to 10th Dec 2015 and 30th Jan to 10th Feb 2016
10 days: a ride from Chile, through the Andes to Argentina exploring the Chilean Lake District along old smuggler’s routes and drovers' roads that criss-cross rivers, skirt around lakes and lead through towering forests

Explore Chile

Peru - The Trail of The Incas

27th May to 11th June 2016
13 days: a high altitude ride, along trails cut by the Incas, on sturdy ponies descended from Conquistador Andalusians. This will be the most spectacular country you’ll ever hack through with peaks on every side rising to above 6,000m; ends at Machu Picchu.

Explore Peru

Mongolia - Gobi Steppe

27th Aug to 8th Sept 2016
14 days: Mongolia is as different from the UK as you can get: vast, with a tiny population and a reviving nomad culture. And nomads value their animals above all else. Their horses (not ponies!) are tough little things with bags of stamina. This 12 day ride takes you across open Steppe and around the fringes of sandy deserts. Overnight in a gers.

Explore Mongolia
Challenge Rides 2015

India - Riding with Kings

25 Sept to 7th Oct 2015
14 days in Rajasthan aboard Marwari horses which are forward-going, well-schooled and quick! Explorethe heritage of the Shekhawati region famous for the painted “havelis” or merchant’s mansions. We stay in castles, hevalis and a charming Jaipur town-house.

Explore India

Spain - Alpujarra Trail

30 May to 7th June 2015
8 days: Las Alpujarras is the name of the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains. The horses are Andalusian and crosses. English and Western tack available. Sound trails, spectacular mountain views and a fantastic riding experience!

Explore Spain

How to book your British Horse Society Challenge Ride

So, if you’re looking for a challenge and want to do something to show your support for British horses, saddle up and enjoy a life-changing experience. This really does put the fun in fundraising! For more information on the British Horse Society visit: www.bhs.org.uk or contact Wendy Minor at BHS (Welfare) at wendy.minor@bhs.org.uk or contact Venture Co.

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