TOPSPEC is sponsoring a new charity pleasure ride raising funds for Dorset Air Ambulance, Wilton Riding for the Disabled and three historic churches of Farnham, Chettle and Tollard Royal that are all in need of funds.
The inaugural ARC Ride takes place across the Cranborne Chase on April 29, 2018 with TopSpec as the title sponsor.
Said Katy Mickle of TopSpec: “We are delighted to support such a great event and hope that all riders and their horses have an enjoyable day whilst raising money for such great causes.”
The Parochial Church Council of St Peters church in Tollard Royal came up with the idea to start a charity horse ride. With the idea of utilising what they already have the focus was put towards their greatest asset being the amazing countryside and location in which the three churches are situated. So the idea of the ARC Ride was created.
By Kind permission of Ashcombe Estate, Rushmore Estate and Chettle Estate, riders will get the unique opportunity to ride across private land which was once part of King John’s hunting ground. The community hope to make ARC Ride an annual event on the last Sunday of every April.
The team behind ARC Ride are a group of volunteers with a common interest in horse riding and who all wish to raise money for three historic village churches of Farnham, Chettle and Tollard Royal and also want to help support the fantastic work of Dorset Air Ambulance and Wilton Riding for the Disabled.
With maps available there will be three routes to suit all abilities each giving a unique opportunity to ride across normally restricted land.
A 5k route is available for anyone wanting a short ride, suitable for lead rein in which members of Wilton Riding for the disabled will also be taking part in. The 18k route will allow riders to take in the beautiful Cranborne Chase. With the opportunity to see three historic houses of Ashcombe, Rushmore and Chettle House the 25k will be the longest route.
For those riders wanting to excel and do a longer distance than the three stated, you may combine all three routes. The majority of the routes will be off road with all gates and road crossings having marshals in attendance for your own safety and confidence.
Entry fees per rider are £10.00 for the 5k route, £20.00 for the 18k route and £25.00 for the 25k route. Fees include costs of First Aid and a raffle ticket where some great prizes are on offer including prizes from TopSpec.
For riders wishing to travel the day before, a camp site and field for corals will be on offer. There will be a food tent with lots of homemade goodies, bacon sandwiches, soups, tea and coffee and plenty of water on site for your horses.
For more information visit www.arcride.co.uk
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