Windsor Lions’ biggest fundraiser of the Club’s annual calendar, the Horseride in the Great Park, lived up to, and even exceeded, all expectations last weekend in Windsor Great Park when almost 700 riders successfully completed the 9 mile course in the glorious surroundings of the Great Park. Whilst the final figures are not yet to hand, it is anticipated that up to £40,000 was raised for local charities and good causes.
Event organizer Lion Mark Fraser enthused: “What a wonderful event we have just had – so much fun enjoyed by so many! The weather behaved itself reasonably well too – apart from a huge thunderstorm at the end of Saturday and a nasty drizzle at the end of Sunday. The Great Park looked spectacular and all our riders and their horses had the most glorious time. The feedback we have had from them is amazing. And as for the amount of money raised – we estimate £35-40,000 from what was our 41st event.” This year, the Horseride was in huge demand with entries closing two months before the event. Dozens of ‘hopefuls’ were added to a Reserve List with many more requesting early notification of the 2018 Horseride in order they don’t miss out next year.
Lion Mark summed up: “We now have the enjoyable task of determining the charities and good causes that will benefit from this year’s ride. We are keen to spread the funds across a wide range of local organisations as well as retaining funds for the support of local people and projects that come to our attention during the calendar year. The beneficiaries, as well as the riders who have had a particularly successful event, will all be announced at our Awards evening which I expect to be held in January next year. And of course, none of our success would have been possible without the goodwill and support of Windsor Great Park and The Shanly Foundation for sponsoring the event. We are indeed very thankful to both organisations.”
– unprecedented demand sees early closure for entries
Windsor Lions’ biggest fundraiser of the Club’s annual calendar, the Horseride in the Great Park, has reached its target of 650 riders ten days before the event – and the Reserve request list has now been swamped by a further 80 riders evidencing the demand for this remarkable event to be held on 10/11th September.
This year is the event’s 40th anniversary and over the years has raised a staggering £2m+ for local charities and good causes. To recognise this amazing achievement and this special year the riders have been offered a once-off discount – raise over £100 in sponsorship and the rider’s entry fee is returned!!
Event Organiser Lion Mark Fraser enthused: “We are delighted with the huge interest in our Ride once again. It is unprecedented that we have had to close the event for entries so early and to establish a strong Reserve List bodes well for future years.”
The Horseride offers the riders and horses the amazing opportunity of riding in the glorious surroundings of Windsor Great Park. The 9 mile course through lovely parkland consists of 3 courses running side by side – Advanced, Novice and Non- Jumping, something for every rider. The Jumpers can face up to 30 fences of varying heights but may opt to avoid some altogether if they wish. It is not a race so riders can take as much time as they like. The all-important funds are raised through entry fees and sponsorship which is not obligatory but highly encouraged with various trophies presented post the event to those who have done really well.
Lion Mark Fraser summed up: “We will raise a great deal of money this year for local charities and other good causes – that’s what the event is about: raising money and having fun. We are going to have a very busy event but that is just part of it. We are so very grateful to Windsor Great Park who make our event possible and The Shanly Foundation for sponsoring the event which helps us enormously. We now look forward to welcoming our riders and horses this coming weekend.”
NOTE: All Media – reporters and photographers – are very welcome. A minibus service enables viewers to visit various parts of the course and see the riders in action. The Mayor of the Royal Borough Councillor Mrs Sayonara Luxton will be visiting the Horseride at 11.00am on Saturday 10th September. Please meet in the Secretary’s Tent. For more information please contact Entries Secretary Lion John Jenkins on email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01491 835989 / 07976 297835.
The Windsor Lions, the leading Windsor service organisation, once again sponsored the RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) regional groups which entered the Fancy Dress Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show last Thursday. £1050 was distributed to seven different groups from all over Berkshire and adjoining counties in both the Riding and Carriage Driving categories.
The Teams had a lot of fun and all were exquisitely dressed and extremely colourful many of them being in costumes highly topical of the day including a celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, namely the Horse Rangers Association, eventual winners of the highly prized Lions Club of Windsor Cup. The full results were:
1st Horse Rangers Association
2nd Newbury RDA Group
3rd Penniwells RDA Group
4th Quest RDA Group
5th Wayside RDA Group
6th Wellow RDA Group
Carriage Driving Category
1st Stella Hancock Driving Group
This always popular event has been sponsored by Windsor Lions for many years and is just one element of Windsor Lions support of disability sport and specifically riding, the other event from which RDA regularly benefits being the annual Windsor Great Park Cross Country Horseride (this year on 10/11 September – see www.windsorlions.co.uk) which has raised tens of thousands of pounds for RDA over its 40 years.
Lion Roger Hale, Windsor Lions event manager, enthused: “We love being involved in this event. All the riders and support folk are so enthusiastic and clearly go to so much trouble with their costumes – they are highly innovative. It is with great pleasure that we distribute the funds we do – we know they are well used for the support of these fantastic RDA groups.”
Friday 22nd January 2016 – Windsor Guildhall, High Street, Windsor, SL4 1LR
7pm for 7.30pm
Note for all our friends in The Media
This glittering event in the regal surroundings of The Guildhall, Windsor is suitably fitting for what is Windsor Lions’ biggest fundraising event of the annual calendar – the Windsor Great Park Horseride. Our 2015, event held over the weekend of 12/13th September, saw 550 riders from all over southern England and South Wales take on the challenging 9 mile course through the glorious countryside of Windsor Great Park raising by their efforts almost £30,000 for local charities and good causes.
The evening will acknowledge the successes of the 2015 Horseride by way of presentations of cups and trophies to the event’s top riders and make awards to representatives of local charities and good causes nominated to receive funds raised by the event.
The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Cllr Eileen Quick, will be in attendance. Wine and Canapes will be served. The formalities of the evening are expected to be completed by 9.30pm.
We hope to see many of you there to:
- Meet the riders and hear their stories
- Meet the beneficiaries and find out how their donations will be used in the local community
- Hear about the 2016 event
- Learn more about Windsor Lions and the work we do in the community
Great photo/pic opportunities.
Please confirm your attendance to Lion John Jenkins, PR Director, Windsor Lions on 07976 297835.
Look forward to seeing you.
Windsor Lions Club is part of Lions International, the largest community service organisation in the world. Worldwide there are about 43,000 Lions Clubs in over 180 countries, there are more than 1.4 million members. Windsor like all other Lions Club, has the motto “we serve”, with a committed membership, Windsor Lions holds several major fund raising events each year, and provision of service within the local community.
Windsor Lions was established in 1961 and have raised funds in the region of £2m by organising events and corporate sponsorship, these include: Charity Auctions, Golf days, Quiz Nights, Race/Casino evenings, Obstacle Horse Ride, Marathon Row on the Thames and Swimathons.
We serve the community by supporting Local people in need – Youth projects, Senior Citizens groups, Mencap, provision of sports Facilities for the disabled and Holidays for the elderly, these are some of the ways in which The Lions Club of Windsor offer our support.