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POSTPONED: Balmoral Ride 2020

23 May 2020

Due to the current crisis with Coronavirus (Covid-19) we have cancelled/postponed all of our calendar of events and gatherings until the end of June 2020.

Our regional teams and committees are in the process of advising everyone who has booked or indicated an interest of the cancellation.

By gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen

Balmoral Estates, Ballater AB35 5TB

Saturday 23 May 2020

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to explore the magnificent Balmoral Estate and discover the beauties of Lochnagar, the old military road and the ancient Caledonian Forest while raising funds for The British Horse Society (Paths for Communities) and the Equine Grass Sickness Fund. Follow the signposted route for a self-guided ride, suitable for all ages and levels, although children under 14 need to be accompanied by an experienced adult.

Full directions, maps, sponsorship forms and additional joining instructions (including start times) will be sent out before the event.

There is a choice of two routes:
Route A: around 15km, with riders starting between 10 am and 12 noon approx.
Route B: around 5km, with riders starting between 12 noon and 2 pm approx.

Riders to return to start by 5pm – all finishers will receive a rosette and goody bag.

Entries: £35 per rider to be paid on booking, plus a minimum £15 in sponsorship paid on the day.
Entries limited to 100 on a first come, first served basis and must be received by Friday 15 May.

Sorry, no entries on the day

Book your space online

Download sponsorship form 

1 All riders must wear hard hats with a fixed harness to comply with the 2020 BHS guidelines.
2 Riders aged 14 years and below must be accompanied on the ride by a responsible and suitably experienced adult.
3 All horses/ponies to be four years or above.
4 It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure their horse is fit and healthy enough to complete the chosen distance comfortably. The horse’s passport and a current valid annual vaccination certificate must be brought on the day, otherwise entry will be refused.
5 Instructions of organisers, officials and stewards must be followed to promote the safety of everyone present.
6 For safety reasons, riders to start in groups of at least two and no more than six.
7 The routes incorporate some roadwork, so reflective clothing must be worn on both horse and rider.
8 All riders are expected to follow the Scottish Outdoor Access Code and must expect to open and close gates on the route.
9 All riders must wear a map holder for the route description (which will be available at the start).
10 Vet and farrier on call, but not on site. First aid on site.
11 Please leave the parking area as you found it – don’t muck out your trailer or lorry in the parking area, and take your dung home with you. Thank you!
12 Save for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of the organisers or anyone for whom they are in law responsible, neither the organisers of any event to which these rules apply, nor The British Horse Society Scotland nor the Balmoral Estate nor any agent, employee, representative of these bodies accepts liability for any accident, loss, damage, injury or illness to horses, owners, riders, spectators, land or any other person or property whatsoever, whether caused by their negligence, breach of contract or in any other way whatsoever.

Any participant withdrawing from an event before close of entries will be entitled to a full refund of any entry fees provided that their space is filled.  After close of entries any participant withdrawing from an event will only be entitled to a refund of any entry fees paid upon receipt of a medical/veterinary certificate.  Withdrawals on the day for medical/veterinary reasons may be entitled to a refund of entry fees paid at the discretion of the organiser. 

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