It is impossible to predict at this stage, 7th April, whether it will be safe - and we will be allowed - to run The Badminton Ride on Sunday 20th September. We hope we will, and we will if we can, and all the necessary planning and bookings to date are done. However we are all in a difficult, unpredictable situation which is quite possibly likely to go on longer than we think or would like. So please keep the date of the Ride in your diaries for now, and we will keep the situation under review. We will next update our position in mid June, and in the meanwhile we will not open the Entries system.
Whilst writing, we reiterate the British Equestrian Federation’s guidance on riding out in these difficult times: “While we can only offer advice, we would ask all riders to make an informed decision on whether to ride or not. If you do make the choice, we urge you to please ride within your means, wear up-to-standard safety equipment, avoid any high-risk activity and stay within the boundaries of your yard environment."
We wish the best to you, your families and your animals.
The Badminton Ride Team
What a brilliant day The Badminton Ride 2019 turned out to be. Despite the downpours early on, the weather very quickly improved ensuring a pretty dry run for the 770 horses and riders that took part.
Coming from right across the country, riders, plus horses and ponies it seems of every variety including members of the Household Cavalry and the beautifully turned out Side Saddle Association ladies, all enjoyed the wonderful conditions in the Park.
We shortly hope to be able to announce the sum that will be donated to the Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled.Below you will see some of the many nice comments received.Thanks to all who took part.
Thanks to all involved a truly memorable day.
Thank you for a wonderful day. The weather stayed lovely and I had an amazing birthday riding round Badminton.
Thank you to all involved for a wonderful day (from the organisers to the stewards and photographers). The rain stopped the minute we set out and we stayed dry for the whole 2 hours!
Thank you for organizing this event is was great! We had great fun, will definitely be going next year!
Thank you for a fabulous day, we had a great time.
Absolutely awesome ride all stewards were so friendly despite being stood in the rain. All riders were considerate and friendly and what a beautiful view of the house
Had an amazing day not a drop of rain and everyone so helpful and friendly thank you
Thank you for a wonderful ride today we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!
Thanks for the great fun ride had an awesome time
Thank you all for a brilliant well organised ride. The jumps were great!
Thanks to the Organisers, Marshall’s and everyone for all the hard work to Make Badminton Fun Ride 2019 happen today. My 1st Outing with my new Horse I Bought last February and he loved it although got very excited side stepping a lot of it . Thanks also to those being very courteous and polite to all the other riders around them. All different abilities .
Me and My Yard Friends with our Beautiful Horses had a Great Time . 🐎🏵☺️
Thanks so much to everyone involved in the fun ride👍 We had a great time, everyone was very helpful and friendly. Hope to be back next year!
Fantastic ride, smiling horses and riders, lovely volunteers, thank you.
The weather turned out to be great !!
We’ll be back next year.
Thank you for spending your day snapping us living our best lives, then going home and uploading them so quickly. Your immense dedication to us needy horse riders is very much appreciated. 😊
Following a review of Ride policy in response to updated information on the equine influenza situation, and following recent advice from a local vet and in line with other similar events, The Badminton Ride now requires all horses entering the Ride to have had an equine influenza vaccination within 12 months of the date of the Ride (20th September 2020).
This policy affects all horses coming to the event for any reason. Please bring all entrants’ horse passports or vaccination certificates with you, and expect these to be subject to spot check on arrival at the gate. If your horse is found to not be correctly covered, it plus any others on the same transport will, with regret, be turned away and not be allowed to enter the site or take part in the Ride.
We do hope you understand the reason for this review, and that you agree that we should do all we can to protect the health of every horse that enters. Those riders who have already entered the Ride online but who do not have vaccinated horses, and who still want to take part in the Ride, now have over 5 weeks in which to get their horses vaccinated and the paperwork in order.
Every year the Badminton Estate, home of the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort welcomes riders from far and wide to take part in the Badminton Ride and enjoy riding over the same iconic turf as many famous international event riders do during the Badminton Horse Trials.This year despite the weather around 800 riders took part in this popular Ride and so doing helped raise much needed funds for the Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled. A huge number of volunteers are required to steward and run this event, many of them from the Beaufort Hunt and they are only too happy to give up a day to ensure all riders have an enjoyable time.The Duke of Beaufort is President of the Riding Centre and as he was unable to attend due to a prior engagement his wife the Duchess of Beaufort was delighted to attend instead. The Centre reports that "Riders say it’s helped them to improve their balance, mobility and confidence; they say it gives them the chance to enjoy the outdoors and that they have had opportunities they wouldn’t have had without riding. We currently cater for almost two hundred riders with varying levels of disability, from people who just want to enjoy a ride around the woods, to those who want to challenge themselves to enter RDA competitions, such as dressage and show jumping. "
The Ride would like to give a particularly big and public thank you to Mole Valley Farmers for their generous sponsorship, once again, of the cost of the rosettes.
Photos are available from TTLVideos.com
All horse boxes must approach Badminton from the North via A46, turn at Dunkirk Crossroads and through Little Badminton to The Slates. If you come through Badminton village you will hit a low bridge and have to turn around.
Ride parking GL9 1AA.
Nicky Harraway, Ashwicke Grange, Marshfield, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 8AE