Saturday, 21 October 2017

Woman stages charity ride at Windsor Castle

A WOMAN from Woodcote is organising a charity horse ride through the grounds of Windsor Castle.

A WOMAN from Woodcote is organising a charity horse ride through the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Amanda Stewart, who is supporters’ club chairman for the Berks and Bucks Draghounds, was granted permission to stage the event on May 28 after approaching the royal estate’s management team.

More than 300 riders are expected to take part, with some coming from as far as Wales and Cornwall.

They will follow an eight-mile course with 40 optional fences and finishers will be given rosettes. A production company will be filming the event and Ms Stewart has persuaded Volvo to sponsor it.

Proceeds will go to Help for Heroes, Helen and Douglas House and the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.



Ms Stewart, of Beech Lane, was joint master of the Kimblewick Hunt for seven years to 2010 and used to organise its annual ball at Phyllis Court Club in Henley.

The Berks and Bucks Draghounds asked her to join two years ago as they wanted help organising new events.

She said: “I’ve never done anything for charity on this scale before. It’s a big achievement as things like this aren’t usually filmed or sponsored.

“It has really snowballed since I started putting it together — I’ve never known anything like it, especially with people coming from so far away.

“I’m really looking forward to it. It’s going to be very exciting and I would like it to continue annually but I’ll wait to see how this year goes.”

Entry is £40 or £30 for under-16s by May 26. For information and to book, call 07962 251696 or visit www.horse-events.co.uk



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