Winning poster slogan aims to keep horses safe on Arran

Winner Niamh Gosman receives her prizes from Mrs Mara Gosman.

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By Colin Smeeton

A slogan competition run by the Arran Riding Club is aimed at helping to keep horses and riders safe on the island roads.

The competition, for pupils at Arran High School, follows changes to the Highway Code earlier this year which now stipulates that vehicles must now pass horses at no more than 10mph, and allow for at least two metres of space.

Now posters of the winning entry slogan by Niamh Gosman – ‘Common sense and vision, avoids fatal collisions – slow and wide for horses’ are being put up across the island.

It is part of an initiative by a sub-committee of the riding club which works towards improving road safety for riders. Thanks to a small amount of funding from the Arnold Clark Community Fund the group have been able to purchase resources and deliver some activities, including the slogan competition, to promote adherence and awareness of the new rules.

Arran High School, with the assistance of Mrs Mara Gosman, delivered assemblies on the campaign and ran the slogan competition with the winning entry being used on all of the campaign material.

The road safety competition received 19 entries which were judged by Dannielle Jackson, Arran Vets; Janis Murchie, Arran Riding Club; Mr Reid, faculty leader languages; Carol Kane and James Conlan, Arran Community and Voluntary Service (ACVs).

Runner-up in the contest was Kirsty Morrison with ‘Better late than never. Slow down for horses’ and third prize went to Harriett Lucas with ‘Leave space, Happy face’.

The winner of the competition received an alpaca big trek experience for two at Arran Alpacas and a custom hoodie from Is’la Arran Designs. Both runners up also received a custom hoodie and Brodick Co-op donated vouchers for all three winners.

The Arran Riding Club congratulated the winners and thanked all who contributed to the competition. Any businesses who wish to support the initiative by displaying awareness raising posters (A4 size) can get in contact with the riding club via


Niamh Gosman, first place winner, received her prizes from Mrs Gosman. No_B15slogan01

Second and third place winners, Kirsty Morrison and Harriett Lucas, with their prizes. No_B15slogan02

The three winners in their Is’la Arran Design hoodies made to their own specifications. No_B15slogan03

Junior riding club member Izzy Early with one of the new signs at the vehicle exit from the ferry terminal. No_B15slogan04