Horse riders and residents in Eccleshill took part in a Boundary Protest Walk yesterday as part of strong objections to a proposal to build 600 homes on the site of Throstle Nest Riding School.

More than 200 riders use the facility each week, with at least 50 being disabled.

The campaign to save Throstle Nest has received support from locals, riders, parents, The British Equestrian Federation and the national body for Riding For The Disabled.

Protesters have already taken their case on horseback to City Hall.

Sarah Hamilton, fundraiser and volunteer co-ordinator, said: “These facilities are brand new and must be saved for the sake of both disabled and able bodied riders.

“The nearest RDA schools are simply too far away for many of the riders who come here.

“If you could see the sense of pride and achievement on their faces when they ride their favourite pony you would understand why we need to save Throstle Nest.”

More than 200 people and six horses joined the walk led by local councillor Geoff Reid and the Fagley Quarry action committee.

It was intended to demonstrate just what a huge area the proposed development will cover.