• Cranborne Chase AONB Office, Rushmore Farm, Tinkley Bottom, Tollard Royal, Wiltshire, SP5 5QA  Tel: 01725 517417


Mar 26, 2018
Spectacular private estates open their gates for horse riders


HorseA NEW charity pleasure ride on 29 April will run across the spectacular landscape of the Cranborne Chase AONB and through areas not normally accessible to horse riders or members of the public.The aim of this unique ride, which is being sponsored by equine nutrition supplier TopSpec, is to raise funds for charity.

Riders will be able to walk, trot and canter across the Ashcombe, Rushmore and Chettle estates, which is private land that once formed a part of King John’s hunting ground.

There will be three routes for all abilities. A 5k route is available for anyone on the lead rein or wanting a short ride. The 18k route will allow riders to take in a wide sweep of the beautiful Cranborne Chase AONB, while the 25k ride will bring the opportunity to see the three historic houses of Ashcombe, Rushmore and Chettle. For those wanting to tackle a longer distance than the three stated, they can combine all three routes. The majority of the rides will be off road, with all gates and road crossings having marshals in attendance.

Entry fees per rider are £10 for the 5k route, £20 for the 18k route and £25 for the 25k route. Fees include the costs of first aid and a raffle ticket, with the raffle boasting some fabulous prizes, including tickets to Olympia and the Horse of the Year Show, first aid supplies from Robinson Animal Health Care and a Brass Tacks voucher for an engraved nameplate, plus goodies from the sponsor, TopSpec.

For riders wishing to travel the day before, a campsite and field for corals will be on offer. There will be a food tent with homemade goodies, bacon sandwiches, soups, tea and coffee,plus plenty of on site water for horses.

Katy Mickle of TopSpec said: “We are delighted to support such a great event and hope that all riders and their horses have an enjoyable day while raising money for such great causes.”

The Parochial Church Council of St Peters Church in Tollard Royal came up with the idea of starting a charity horse ride. The focus was put firmly on the amazing countryside in which the three churches of Farnham, Chettle and Tollard Royal are located. Funds are being raised for these churches as well as for Dorset Air Ambulance and Wilton Riding for the Disabled.

The community hopes to make ARC Ride an annual event on the last Sunday of April.

For more information visit www.arcride.co.uk