The Badminton Ride 2020 successfully went ahead despite the unprecedented times we all find ourselves in.
A last minute decision to arrange time slots enabled a large number of riders to safely enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the Badminton Estate and it was good to see so many people with smiles on their faces.
Whilst we missed many of our usual entries from Wales, sadly due to local lockdowns, we will still be able to present World Horse Welfare with a substantial donation.
Let us look forward to welcoming you all back in 2021 in what we pray will be easier times.
Stay safe everyone
I would like to thank you for a fantastic day yesterday. My little group all had a wonderful time. All the stewards were so happy and smiling. You truly pulled off a magnificent feat of organisation. Well done and thank you again.
Thankyou for a lovely day out and ride again. And congratulations pulling it off with everything going on. Myself and the group I was in are very thankful.
What a wonderful day thank you very much.
First time at thisride and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks to the organisers and landowner.
Thank you so much for a wonderfully organised ride wow what a day youall deserve a medal!! We had such a lovely day thank you to all and everyoneone of you giving up not only your Sunday but months of planning time as well!! What a treat to ride on the hallowed grounds. Jumps were amazing as well, see you next time!
Had a great day todayso thank you to all the organisers, lovely weather, amazing location
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.
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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