Safety video could help horse riders

STAY SAFE ... Nigel Oxman wants to make a safety film for horse riders.
STAY SAFE ... Nigel Oxman wants to make a safety film for horse riders.

A CAMPAIGNER fighting for improved safety measures close to bridleways after the death of a horse on a South Tyneside road is planning to produce a hard-hitting safety video.

The horse, a 16-year-old black and white cob named Laura, died and its female rider suffered a broken ankle after a collision with a van on Lizard Lane, Marsden, South Shields, on Sunday, July 13.

The tragedy has united the local horse riding community, which is campaigning for moves to make borough roads safer for riders and their animals.

That led to a meeting at Cleadon Methodist Church attended by more than 50 people, including riders, riding school representatives, farmers, police and members of the British Horse Society.

Among the recommendations which emerged was the need for 20mph zones outside all livery yards in South Tyneside.

Now Cleadon Village resident Nigel Oxman, who has organised an online petition for action, aims to make a professional safety video which highlights the dangers that riders face on the roads.

And he has made an appeal for a family of horse riders – who do not necessarily need to have acting experience – to star in the venture.

Mr Oxman, who hopes that the final video will be shown across the country, said: “We have had thousands sign our online petition and things are really starting to snowball.

“Now the aim is to make an awareness video, and we need a mother and father and son and daughter to appear.

“We want it to be as hard-hitting as possible, and it would involve an accident and the consequences for a family about to celebrate Christmas.”

The car dealer has family members in TV production and he aims to use their expertise to make the film, which will also highlight the dangers that riders face on the road, from discarded bottles and litter, and the benefits of the Pegasus road crossing for horses.

Anyone who is interested in supporting the film can contact Mr Oxman on 0794 7147337 or e-mail

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