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The Badminton Ride

Sunday 20th September 2020
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The 2020 Badminton Ride

Entries Are Now Closed - Read More

By kind permission of The Duke and Duchess of Beaufort and in aid of World Horse Welfare and the Beaufort Hunt.

The Badminton Ride Supports Avon Riding Centre

The Ride is On!

We have analysed the new Government guidance, and concluded we can go ahead albeit with some extra measures in place.  Entries are closed and the Entries Secretary is now giving start times to all existing entrants.  Please also be aware of the following:   -  

Do not come to the Ride if you or anyone in your household, group or yard has got or develops Covid symptoms.  

Individuals living within a local lockdown area or keeping horses within a local lockdown area must not attend.

Only pre-booked entries will be accepted.  We will be checking.

Wash your hands before leaving home and subsequently sanitise your hands regularly.  There will be sanitiser stations at the Entries Tent and outside the Portaloos.

Lorries / trailers will be parked 10m apart.  Please bear with us; there's lots of room.

Adhere to social distancing on-site whether mounted or dismounted.

Ensure you bring hand sanitiser and a facemask with you for use in case you are required in an emergency where social distancing is not possible.

Groups of persons or riders should be no more than 6, in accordance with government guidelines.  Any individual or group not complying will be asked to leave the event.

Pay particular attention to avoid any congestion or congregation, for example in gateways or down tracks.

Please obey the instructions of all Stewards.  Anyone not complying will be asked to leave the event.

There will be a burger van and tack stand.  Usual social distancing applies.

Equine Influenza

The 2020 Ride will follow the current British Eventing policy on Equine Flu Vaccinations:  There will be an amnesty on the requirement for a vaccination within 6 months prior to the date of the Ride, and instead horses must have had an annual vaccination within 12 months of the date of the Ride.  If a horse has missed its annual vaccination renewal and so cannot meet this requirement, it will need to restart a course of injections again before the Ride.  In this case the horse must have had a first and second vaccination within no less than 21 days of each other and 7 clear days after the second vaccination before the date of the Ride.

Entries Are Now Closed

Due to the unprecedented interest in this years Ride, and the correspondingly high number of entries already, we have made the difficult decision to immediately close entries.  This is to ensure the safety of not only the riders but also our volunteers who give up their time to enable the event to take place.  No further entries will be taken.  

We have also decided to ensure we remain Covid compliant to issue start times.  Please wait for an email from our Entries Secretary who will have further details and instructions.  This will be with you in the next couple of days and we will endeavour to give you a time slot that works for you.  

These are decisions the Committee has not taken lightly but we have to consider the health and safety of all that are involved in the day.

The Badminton Ride 2019

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.

Feedback from 2019 Ride

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. 😊

The Badminton Ride 2019

The Duchess of Beaufort presents a cheque for £5000 to the Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled.

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 Beaufort Hunt Presenting Cheque to British Legion
From Left to Right:-

Alice Cuff (Fundraiser), Sammy Peacock (Head groom/coach), the Duchess of Beaufort, Claire Schimmer (Centre manager), Gill Edwards (RDA coach), Abbie Moorlen (Stable manager and coach),Nick Grant-Thorold (Badminton Ride organiser) Plus ponies Baby and Tom!
he Badminton Ride Supported by Mole Valley Farmers

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

How to Get to The Badminton Ride

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.

Contact The Badminton Ride

Hon Secretary
Nicky Harraway, Ashwicke Grange, Marshfield, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 8AE


Entries Secretary
Emily Small

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