The course is only ridden once a year and the number of riders is strictly limited to keep the ground in good condition. Overtaking is permitted throughout the ride and slower riders are requested to let faster riders pass them if they are asked to do so. There are three checkpoints during the course, plus the finish, at which riders must stop to have their ride cards validated.Back to top
It takes approximately 1.5 hours on average but it depends on the individual pace you set. Some people may take considerably longer.Back to top
All of the jumps are optional and can be ridden round. Note that if you are not jumping, you will still need to go down the zig-zag slope into the ‘The Playpen’ beside jump 10 (the Giant’s Steps).Back to top
Every entered rider is advised to inspect the course and fences thoroughly before riding. The course will be open for inspection on Saturday 25th March, from 10am until 2pm.
It takes approximately two hours to walk the course: please arrive before midday if you intend to walk the entire course.
Click here to download a copy of the course walking map.
Everyone walking the course must sign in at the ride office before setting off, and sign out before leaving the airfield, in accordance with RAF regulations. Dogs are not permitted on the course on Saturday 25th March.Back to top
Body protectors, hard hats without a fixed peak (cross-country skull caps to PAS 015, EN 1384 or ASTMF1163 or equivalent) and medical armbands must all be worn. If you don’t already have a medical armband, click here to download a temporary medical card to print and fill in. If you use this, please carry it in an outside pocket so you can show it to the starter, and to paramedics if necessary.Back to top
The ride exists to raise money for local charities, which comes from the sponsorship you raise. To encourage riders to raise as much as possible, we offer prizes to those exceptional riders who work extra hard for our charities.
To the senior rider who collects most sponsorship money
An Owner’s car pass (includes free entry for driver and all passengers) to the point-to-point races at Kimble Racecourse on Easter Saturday (or to one of the point-to-point meets at Kingston Blount in May if you’re away for Easter) with a complimentary bottle of champagne, two free entries to the glorious South Oxfordshire Sponsored Ride in October (www.sosr.org.uk), plus a 16”x12” mounted photograph of the rider on the course courtesy of Ultimate Images.
To the senior rider who collects the second highest sum
£60 in John Lewis vouchers
To the senior rider who collects the third highest sum
£40 in John Lewis vouchers
To the junior rider who collects the highest sum
A brand new Apple iPod touch in the winner’s choice of colour.
To the junior rider who collects the second highest sum
Bellingdon End Specialist Equestrian Retailer (01494 758239) have donated a voucher for £60 to spend in their shop on clothing, tack, horse feeds, bedding etc.
To the junior rider who collects the third highest sum
Bellingdon End Specialist Equestrian Retailer (01494 758239) have donated a voucher for £40 to spend in their shop.
Rosettes will be awarded to all riders completing the course:
Gold awarded to riders jumping all the jumps including all the bonus jumps
Silver awarded to riders for completing the course
There is a £15 non-returnable deposit for each rider (£16 for online entries, to cover the fees PayPal charge us, but you won’t need to provide a stamped self-addressed envelope, so it pretty much evens out).
In addition each rider must raise a minimum of £35 sponsorship (or sponsor themselves for a minimum of £35) and all sponsorship monies must be paid prior to riding on the day, in cash or by cheque. We cannot accept credit or debit cards on the day.Back to top
The ride is usually heavily over-subscribed so please enter early if you wish to be sure of a place. Entries for the ride close Monday 20th March, or earlier if the ride is full.
Entries are closed when a certain number of entries have been received, not when there are no more start times left. The total number of riders permitted is variable year on year and depends on the anticipated state of the ground and local weather conditions.
There are two ways to enter. You can enter online and pay by PayPal or credit/debit card. Alternatively, you can download an entry form (Acrobat PDF) and post it to us if you’d prefer to pay by cheque.
On our receipt of your entry, you will be sent a rider number, a start time and a sponsorship form.
Whether you’re entering by post or online, click the ‘Entry Form’ link to the left to get started.Back to top
Yes, but start times are allocated as entries are received, so please send all your entries together to the secretary, stating clearly that you wish to be grouped together, or note who you would like to ride with on the online entry form.Back to top
Times are allocated in order of receipt of entries, and early times are very popular and quickly filled. If you want to ride at a specific time, please enter early and request your time on the entry form and we will do our best to meet it. However, we cannot guarantee to satisfy every requested time.
There is a collecting ring with a practice jump at the start of the course. Please arrive in the collecting ring promptly as it may be difficult to fit you in at another time if you miss your own, but you will not be allowed into the collecting ring more than 10 minutes before your start time.
The first riders set off at 9.30am and the last usually around 1.30pm.Back to top
You will be directed to a parking place on hard standing by stewards. Non-towing vehicles will generally be parked away from lorries and trailers, so for your own convenience please transport all your tack in your towing vehicle or lorry.Back to top
We will try to give you morning and afternoon ride times so you have time to return with your second load, but please enter as early as possible, and mention on your entry form(s) that you are bringing two different loads of horses.Back to top
Please request an early time so that there are plenty of people around to help you load after you’ve ridden, and the vet is still present in case sedation is required. If you are having difficulty, please tell a steward as soon as possible.Back to top
High quality digital prints will be available on the day, or afterwards by post, from Ultimate Images (0845 8383199, email@example.com). There will be two or three photographers taking pictures of riders at different points of the ride and one of them will be situated at the famous aeroplane fence (jump number 47).Back to top
There will be a vet and a horse ambulance available for emergencies. Please bear in mind that the vet’s services are not free!Back to top
Yes, there will be a farrier at the ride (as with the vet, the farrier’s services are not free).Back to top
There will be an equestrian goods trade stand (College Farm Saddlery) and a refreshment stall selling hot and cold drinks and hot food.Back to top
If you have any further questions, our Facebook page has lots more answers, or you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.orgBack to top