The Equestrian Digital Awards nominated ViewRanger as one of the best mobile applications for horse riders.
ViewRanger is an easy-to-use off-road GPS application, which allows you to download to your smartphone a choice of free maps, or Ordnance Survey maps at a small additional cost, as well as recommended routes from the ViewRanger community.
Once downloaded to the smartphone mapping and routes can be viewed without a mobile signal and location displayed using GPS.
Petra Studholme, a member of the Essex Bridleway Association (EBA), is a keen user of ViewRanger and uses the app to plot, track and share her rides with friends, family and members of the EBA. She says:
“I get a paper map off a friend, plot the route online using my.ViewRanger.com on the computer and then sync it with my smartphone. I can check how long the route is and if it is suitable for the other riders. It is also possible to add notes about meeting places etc.
“The other way I use the app is to explore an area and track where I’m riding. Afterwards I can upload my route and share it on the EBA Facebook page so others can enjoy the ride too.”
One of Petra’s most popular rides goes along to Holme-next-the-Sea / Hunstanton beach in Norfolk, where the EBA organises a 3-day short break holiday. Riding on the beach is an amazing experience for both horses and riders. Some horses are apprehensive but others enjoy playing in the waves straight away and have been known to go for a swim.
The EBA aims to get riders to explore the Essex countryside and use the many bridleways available to them, as well as helping keep the routes open for future generations.
“I always recommend ViewRanger to other riders. Nearly everyone has smart phones so it’s perfect, it just needs someone to prompt riders to download the app.
“Once I show it to people they are really interested and can see how useful it would be. It is so important always to know where you are when you are riding. It really has changed the way we ride.”
Although unfortunately not a winner this time we were delighted to be nominated.