Race horses banned from Woolacombe beach

15:53 24 January 2013

Victor Dartnall

Victor Dartnall's horses have been banned from Woolacombe beach.

Archant

Racehorse trainer speaks out after being banned from beach after nearly two decades riding there.

A RACEHORSE trainer who has been exercising his horses on the beach for 18 years has been banned from Woolacombe Bay.

Victor Dartnall said he was threatened with an injunction on Tuesday from beach owners Parkin Estates if he bought his horses back onto the beach.

He has been training race horses, including Grand National winners, since 1994 and riding them on the beach during the winter months since 1995.

Mr Dartnall, who is based at Higher Shutscombe Farm in Brayford, said the only horses now allowed on the beach were those of the local riding school.

“In the winter weather when it’s snowy we can’t exercise the horses on the ground, but they need to move or they will get cramp and develop problems,” he said.

“Whenever we go down onto the beach it is always empty; on Monday I counted 11 people and four dogs along with our six horses.

“It’s a three-mile beach and there is plenty of room for everyone.

“We only ever go when it is frosty during the winter and the local people and holiday makers love it.

“They often stand back and watch the horses and the horses have a wonderful time as well.”

Mr Dartnall said the problems have been building up for some time and now they will have to find another beach to exercise the horses on.

“The horses were never doing anybody any harm, and I think this just satisfies their prejudices.

“I’m now trying to find another beach we can take the horses to but it will mean longer journeys and that’s difficult with a horsebox.”

The Gazette contacted Parkin Estates but no one was available for comment.

0 comments

Other News Stories

23 minutes ago
Denise Bartlett welcomes flood victims Chris and Jackie to Lyme Regis on behalf of the Rotary Club, with a welcome pack of goodies in the foreground. Picture: SUBMITTED

The terrible floods which devastated villages in the Somerset Levels in the winter of 2013-14 are a distant memory for most of us, but for residents of the area the reality is very much different.

Read more
53 minutes ago
EDCT chairman Jill Elson with the 'hub' bus

A community transport scheme will be launching a new ‘ring and ride’ service next month.

Read more
12:31
Beer primary school leavers with headteacher Martin O'Mahony. Ref shb 1500-30-15TI Picture: Terry Ife

Beer Primary School ‘is in safe hands’, says its outgoing headteacher.

Read more
11:00
Officials at the Conservative Party coffee morning and sale

The branch chairman Simon Card said everything went really well.

Read more
Kat and John Lort of The Loft with staff Karl Main and Dave Legg celebrate making the top 100 of the best restaurants outside London. Ref shs 5681-31-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

The owners of a popular Sidmouth restaurant say they are ‘going out on a high’ after it was named one of the best places to eat at in the country.

Read more
06:30
Becky Thornton, pictured in Nepal with one of the people she helped through her volunteering.

A Woodbury teenager is raising funds for the victims of the Nepal earthquake, having been volunteering in the country when the disaster struck.

Read more
Yesterday, 21:38
Ilfracombe Birdman 2015. Picture: Andy Keeble

Magnificent men and women in their flying machines draw huge crowds to town.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:23
Catherine and Lex Cochrane ran the Ottery St Mary 10km to raise more than £350 for the Devon Freewheelers

A couple who embarked on a whirlwind two-year mission of marathon running and mountain climbing have donated their latest fundraising efforts to the Devon Freewheelers.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Les Lane,last year's president of the Sid valley rotary presents the keys to Mo Ayling. Ref shs 1555-31-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Blackmore Gardens was buzzing all day as the Sid Valley Rotary Club’s summer fair returned in Saturday’s brilliant sunshine.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
Teresa Sturrock receives her new scooter from Carol Gilson.

The Exeter resident had been trapped inside for three years after a flesh-eating bug destroyed her leg, and only went out when she could receive assistance.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 15°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family Notices 24



Devon's trusted business finder