The event has been created and organised by the team behind existing top adventure riding business Liberty Trails, in partnership with The Riding Club London.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of a new multi-day riding challenge across Dartmoor, Devon, unlike any other riding trip in Britain. The event launches in September 2016 with an exclusive pilot event in September 2015.”

Eventer Mary King MBE, multiple Olympic medallist and Dartmoor Derby Ambassador says: “As someone who’s enjoyed exploring Dartmoor for much of my life, I’m delighted it is hosting this very innovative and exciting new ride. Dartmoor's scenery is as beautiful as you will find anywhere in the world, and the terrain provides terrific riding.”

Actor Martin Clunes OBE, President of the BHS adds: “As President of the British Horse Society, someone who loves riding and lives in the West Country, I am delighted to become an Ambassador for the Dartmoor Derby. Most of Britain’s riders pursue their sport to enjoy our wonderful countryside and develop a rewarding relationship with a horse. This new challenge ride celebrates both these things, and I hope riders from around the world will be encouraged to come and view some of our finest riding country in the best way possible, between two pricked ears.”

Event details:

> A 100km approx horse ride (not a race) across Dartmoor through gorse in full bloom, open moorland, forests, ancient stone circles, sites of historic interest and some of the best views in the world.

> Open to competent riders from around the world. Either bring your own horse or hire one through the organisers. Full veterinary and farrier support throughout.  

> Overnight accommodation provided in a specially constructed luxury camp on the moor, with a top chef producing superb meals using local produce, and luxury hotels available as an alternative on all or some nights.

> Bookings are open for the first Dartmoor Derby, which takes place Sept 2016.

> This September, an exclusive Pilot event covering approx 80km in two days (with three nights accommodation) will take place as a foretaste of next year’s full event, with 15 paying riders taking part alongside press and celebrities.

> A very limited number of places are still available to ride in this year’s pilot event. Riders may arrive on Thursday 24 Sept and leave Sunday 27th, with the 25th and 26th spend riding OR
— may arrive on Friday 25th and depart on Monday 28th, riding on Saturday and Sunday 27 and 28 September.

> The cost this year is £1,800 including full board. Next year’s full Dartmoor Derby starts from £2,500 per rider.

> While this is definitely a long-distance ride, it is not a race; though it will be necessary to maintain a reasonable pace to complete the ride within daylight hours, the aim is to complete the ride with your horse in first-class condition and having had a brilliant time. It is not necessary for either horse or rider to have had experience of endurance riding.

> Riders will be in teams of five, with a guide, for the pilot event. For the 2016 Derby there will be a self-navigating option. Riders not need enter as a team.

> Local agencies supporting this project include the Dartmoor National Park Authority, Regional Growth Fund, Visit England and others.

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