– 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 horse@windsorlions.co.uk or call 01491 835989 / 07976 297835.