New Forest Equestrian Association

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Horse Riders call for voluntary limits on commercial cycle events
NFEA Newsletter Delay
Local Horseriders challenge National Trust's unlawful bridge
Get taken for a ride this Christmas!
A short NFEA statement on today’s report from the Independent Panel on Forestry
New Milton’s Amenities Committee U-turn on Long Meadow Riding Ban
NFEA AGM Thursday 19th April, 8pm, Lyndhurst Community Centre
Long Meadow - Letter to new Milton Council on the proposed Long Meadow riding ban
Chinese Lanterns - Letter to the NPA
Commercial Cycle Events
Chinese Lanterns
Response to the NFNPA’s Consultation Draft Guidelines for Horse-Related Development - Supplementary Planning Document
NFEA AGM 11th April

Annual Subscriptions
Think Twice on Flying Lanterns

The NFEA was formed in 1993 in order to refute allegations made in a Forestry Commission Report that horse riders were the prime cause of erosion and damage in the New Forest.

Although the numbers of horses and riding schools had decreased dramatically over the preceding 20 years, the huge impact of increased numbers of visitors including cyclists over the same period was ignored, and the Forestry Commission proposed several punitive measures aimed solely at horse riders and riding schools.

These included charging for a licence or permit for the traditional freedom to ride on the New Forest, restriction of access, and various other controls.

As a result of the NFEA’s research and negotiations, backed by legal expertise from within its membership of over 1,200, the proposals were subsequently withdrawn.

Photograph by kind permission of Linda Charles

Please Note: The NFEA is not in a position to recommend riding establishments.
Please see the riding schools section of the NFED for details of establishments in the New Forest area. Click Here

Photograph by kind permission of Linda Charles


To preserve the tradition of freedom to ride in the New Forest without charge or restriction of access.

To liaise with the Forestry Commission, English Nature and other statutory bodies in the conservation of the New Forest and its wildlife.

To represent all who seek to ride in the New Forest.


The committee comprises local people with interests in a variety of activities associated with horses and ponies who deal with specific activities involving the Forestry Commission, New Forest District Council and English Nature. We are also represented on the New Forest Consultative Panel and the Recreational Users Committee.

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There is an annual subscription of just 5.00 per person, although additional voluntary donations are always very welcome and will be acknowledged


Please support us in continuing the traditions of the New Forest.

Photograph by kind permission of Linda Charles

You can download a membership form here

Membership Application Form MS Word Doc.
Membership Application Form PDF

For membership and further information please send a stamped addressed envelope with cheques made payable to:

"New Forest Equestrian Association."

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Postal Adress:
Brackenmead Wootton Farm Road
New Milton, Hants
BH25 5TS

Tel: 01425 619161

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