Riders to benefit with fund for bridleways

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Equine insurance customers in the UK are set to be the unexpected beneficiaries of a windfall following the chancellor's Autumn Statement at the end of last month as £2 million has been given to create new bridleways.

Riders will share the £2m fund under a new scheme run by Natural England, as part of a £25m project to increase rural tourism within the country.

The Paths for Communities Scheme – to be launched in April 2012 – means horse insurance customers with their own projects can bid for funding next year and also 12 months later.

Pippa Langford of Natural England said the intention of the scheme is to improve tourism by increasing the number of paths with higher rights to equine insurance subscribers.

Mark Weston, of the British Horse Society (BHS), added: "Our BHS regional representatives will work with the riders and communities in their areas to pinpoint areas which would benefit from this scheme."

Last month, a new 300km track in the Neath valley area of Wales was opened for riders to enjoy.

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