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As we have all seen, the south of the country is basking in glorious weather this week. However the current temperature levels, more than 30 degrees, are way beyond the normal average for the month. Our number one priority is for the safety of our riders, your horses, and our vast team of volunteers.

Therefore, it is with great disappointment that we will be cancelling the sponsored cross country ride this weekend.

As you may appreciate right now, we are handling a lot of logistics, but rest assured we will be in touch in the next few days regarding how you can apply for a refund.

For now, we wish you well and will be in touch shortly via email. Please avoid contacting us as we will not be able to respond for the next few days.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support this year and really hope to see you next year. Please keep an eye on our website and Facebook pages.


A rare and fantastic opportunity to ride your horse through the magnificent Windsor Great Park.

Sign up for a unique day riding through The Deer Park in The Windsor Great Park with stunning views of Windsor Castle. This is a sponsored cross-country event of approximately eight miles, comprises of jumping and non jumping courses to accommodate all standards of riding.

Since its inception, riders have raised over £2,000,000 for Local, National and International charities.

Entries are restricted to 800 riders, over both days, so first come first served.

By registering for this event you are accepting our terms and conditions which will be emailed to you as part of your booking receipt.


9th - 10th September 2023


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There are prizes awarded in a formal presentation evening for:

  • Best turned out horse and rider under 16

  • Best turned out horse and rider over 16

  • Best sponsored riders

  • Highest sponsored rider

Superbly organised, cheerful happy and helpful marshalls, everyone was amazing. 

The chance to be able to ride around the fabulous parkland is something I shall always remember, until next year when I’ll be back!

Just on my way home from the ride today, another amazing course of jumps and fantastic scenery! Ill be back for my 3rd year in a row next year! Cant wait!!

This is what the ride is all about, putting big smiles on little peoples faces – THANK YOU!


What percentage of money raised goes to charity?

The unique way the event is organised and run means that almost 100% of money raised in recent events has gone to worthwhile causes. The course is constructed entirely by members and supporters of The Lions Club of Windsor (all volunteers). Members of other Lions and Leos clubs, local scouts, guides etc marshal the course. 

What about insurance?

Whilst the Lions Club of Windsor arranges insurance to protect its own liabilities, riders must ensure that they are suitably insured for a public event.

Is it compulsory to wear protective body armour?

All riders must wear hard hats, riders participating in the jumping course must also wear body protectors conforming to (EN13158) BETA Level 3. All riders are required to complete a rider’s details and medical card to be carried in an armband holder or if not possible in an outside pocket. Dress optional.


How high are the jumps?

There are two sets of jumps to choose from, a novice at between 2ft and 2ft6″ and an expert at between 3ft and 3ft6″. .


What surfaces does the ride take place on?

The ride is genuinely cross-country and as such covers various surfaces. Mostly on rough grass and riding track.


Can my family/friends drive around the course?

It is not possible for vehicles to drive around The Great Park. The park is closed to vehicles with the exception of emergency and officials.


Can I enter on the day?

No. Entries are closed usually one month before the event. We have a limited capacity and the ride is generally over subscribed. If you register online, your entry has not been accepted until you are in receipt of your entry number and sponsorship forms.


Which charities will the event be supporting next year?

As always our major beneficiary will be the Riding for the Disabled Association. The Lions Club of Windsor takes very seriously our position as guardians of your money. We receive many requests for financial support throughout the year and the club considers and investigates these requests in depth before deciding on which causes we will support.

Riding for the Disabled  |  Blue Acre Stables  |  Cancer Research  |  Crohn's and Colitis  |  Hearing Dogs  |  More Than a Shelter  |  Sportsable  |  The Dash Charity  |  TVAP  |  Windsor FoodBank  |  Windsor Homeless Project  |  Windsor Horse Rangers

Charities supported by the Cross Country Sponsored Horseride

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