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Packs &Tracks, Dalemain, May 16th 2010.

We were proud to represent Riding for the Disabled Association Westmoreland Group Ltd at this years Packs and Tracks event. The day went so smoothly with a brilliant variety of disiplines. We especially enjoyed the dressage displays and it was wonderful to see such immaculately turned out horses.
There was also a wonderful assortment of stands representing equine and wildlife societies from the whole North West region. This is a truly unique oppertunity for tourists visiting the area to see the wealth of organisations that are active and present in this area, and it also gives us a valuable opportunity to recuit local people as volunteers to help with our own activities.

We would like to thank Cumbria Bridleways Society for organising this truly special event and we look forward to participating again next year.

Cathy Broomfield, Group Organiser, RDA Westmoreland Group Ltd.

PACKS & TRACKS 2010 - report by budding journalist Hannah Russell age 12

Hi! Last Sunday (16th May 2010) I went with my family to the €˜Packs and Tracks' event at Dalemain near Ullswater. It was a brilliant day out with loads of exciting things going on - especially for horse-mad people like myself! In the main arena we watched dressage, sidesaddle and TREC displays as well as work by the Riding for the Disabled Association and Cumbrian Working Horse and Pony Society.

I got to ride a gorgeous Fell pony called Prince who had worked as a pack pony carrying rocks up the Cumbrian fells to help fix the paths. One of the ponies was to travel 1000 miles this summer from the Isle of Skye to London following the old drove roads across the country. However, the prize for the cutest ponies must go to the three adorable Icelandic horses with their frizzy forelocks and unusual tölt pace. In fact the Icelandic horse is the only breed left in the world with a natural tölt.

Apart from the great variety of horse displays, there were loads of other activities (including woodworking, whittling and face painting), stalls selling all sorts of Cumbrian goods and information tents promoting the network of paths and tracks around the area for all to enjoy. I would recommend Packs and Tracks as a great day out for all the family.

Packs & Tracks 2010

'some feedback from a not-so-horsey person who had not been last time......'
· I was very impressed with the fact that 3 different groups were there representing people with disabilities - including learning disabilities.
· Very good value for money because it included entry to the garden.
· Good to see children having fun with rides, face painting, doing some green woodwork with dangerous tools - I fancied a go myself but too many kids queueing up - and the ferrets.
· Lovely to see various rural interests coming together - mountain bikers, dogs, walkers etc. It seemed very appropriate that a right of way went through it all!
· As the day progressed (and it got warmer) there were noticeably more people watching the events in the arena and properly slowing down to the pace of life!
· I thought the atmosphere was very friendly and met a few people I had not seen for a while. The music was a nice touch and the people providing the food/drinks were exceptionally generous and reasonably priced.
· The organiser has the wonderful talent of bringing people together to help and then letting them get on with it! The facilities were well positioned and more than adequate. Everything was well positioned, nicely spread out and in such a wonderful setting.
· Stallholders and events people were all very friendly and willing to share things.
· What a great day - hope it continues to thrive with a few more people coming next year.
David Hall (new volunteer )

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