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What a day the 2nd October proved to be. The sun shone, after an enormous storm on Saturday the ground had drained beautifully and the temperature was perfect for the 360 horses that rode round.

We had very encouraging feedback from delighted riders when they came to collect their well-deserved beautiful rosettes: how much they like this particular sponsored ride; the course; the views; the jumps (several of them new this year); and not forgetting the helpful stewards. With the sunshine, drinks and chocolate at Checkpoint 2 what could be better!

An enormous THANK YOU goes to our incredibly generous landowners and farmers who allow us to use their land. Without their continued generosity it would not be possible to hold this fantastic ride.

You, the riders, have also been incredibly generous, with many of you giving more than the minimum sponsorship, for which we thank you. We must name those who went the extra mile (not on the ride!) to raise their sponsorship.

Juniors
Anna Kilroy
Millie Rockall
Sophie Houghton
Martha Regal

Seniors
Devon Ashpool
Laura Bartlett
Laura Rate
Mel Bevis
Lucy Kilroy
Pauline Cushing

The winner for the Junior raising the most Sponsorship was Anna Kilroy, (photographed with her sister) this is the second time Anna’s won the Junior prize, thanks in part to a generous Dad!

Anna Kilroy

The Senior raising the most sponsorship was Devon Ashpool, whose silver salver, beautiful sponsorshop sash and a bottle of champagne were presented to her by the ride’s Chairman Ian Parkinson.

Devon Ashpool and Ian Parkinson

Well it’s all over for another year, we hope that you have happy memories of the ride and that you join us again next year.

In the meantime KEEEEP RIDIIIING! (strickly!)


 

The end of a long day

Thank you to everyone who took part, and to everyone who helped!

Sponsorship winners will be announced here shortly.

Official photos from the 2016 ride were by Ultimate Images, and there are some photos from other jumps around the course for sale here. All proceeds from these additional photos go directly to the ride.

Dame Alice Farm

 


Getting to the ride

The ride starts and finishes at Brightwell Park, Nr Watlington, Oxon. Click here for Streetmap, or here for Google maps, or add OX49 5NP to your SatNav. Click here to download a printable map. Much of the ride is on private land, by kind permission of farmers and landowners, and the ride start and parking are in Brightwell Baldwin village by kind permission of the Nixey family.

 

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Walking the course

The course will be open for inspection on Saturday October 1st, from 2pm.

The course is 12 miles long, so you may not have time to walk all the way round, but the majority of the jumps are concentrated in four areas, and are quite close to roads - please visit as many as you can, so you know what to expect on the ride. Ordnance Survey map Explorer 171, Chiltern Hills West, covers all of the course.

Brightwell Baldwin

Brightwell Baldwin

 

Britwell Salome

Britwell Salome

 

Icknieldbank plantation

Icknieldbank plantation

 

Britwell Hill

Britwell Hill