South West EGB:

Sunday 6 May 2007

If you enjoy riding with a good mix of terrain, spectacular scenery, plenty of off-road routes, a dash of adventure with a hint of history then the Boconnoc Ride fulfils the dream.

Only 1½ hours from Exeter and easily accessible by lorry and trailer, the venue is situated in the heart of a beautiful Cornish estate surrounded by mature parkland with views of a splendid Queen Anne house. Boconnoc can trace its history back to ancient time’s still showing clear evidence of Iron Age settlements and there is even a Druid stone cross to be found within its boundaries.

One of the joys of the sport of endurance riding is that it accommodates all levels of riding. You may wish to just have a pleasant day out with your horse, exploring new countryside which might not normally be accessible; so why not try Class 13, only 10 miles which concludes with riding along a grassy sward beside the lake in front of the house. Alternatively, if you are an EGB member at Advance level wishing to try the bigger distances, Boconnoc can provide that opportunity. Endurance GB is the national governing body and has a comprehensive website for anyone wishing to find out more about the sport - www.endurancegb.co.uk.

For those of us who live within Devon & Cornwall there are at least 5 training rides, usually during February and March followed by Endurance GB rides in the South West branch nearly every month from March to September, plus other events during the winter all well represented on the website - www.endurancegbsouthwest.co.uk

The Boconnoc Ride is now in its third year and recognised as a ‘National’ event having two competitive Endurance Rides. New for this year is the ‘Boconnoc 100’ (kms) which joins the ‘Boconnoc Bowl’ (80kms). Visitors from as far away as South Africa have come to the ride in the past so we hope that with another 8 competitive rides and 3 non competitive classes making up the 2007 riding bonanza, we will be welcoming more to Cornwall.

Another new addition is the Boconnoc British Riding Clubs Endurance Team Challenge. Entries are being invited from all the Riding Clubs in Area 19 to make up teams of 3 riders, each of which enter one of the 3 Non Competitive Rides (Pleasure Rides). Judging the winning team by combined pulses, timing and successful ride completion, we hope this might be used as a pilot for a future national scheme. Children and Pony Club members, between the ages of 8 and 13 years inclusive, are most welcome but must be accompanied by an adult rider (unless they are EGB members aged 11 and above, who have attained Open Level). The Boconnoc Ride is run under EGB rules.

We are delighted that our sponsors, Woof Wear are continuing to give us support and this year welcome Bailey Horse Feeds, Taut, the new ‘clean’ sports drink and The Worshipful Company of Saddlers.

To give a flavour of what fun can be had, please visit our new website: www.boconnocride.co.uk but best of all, send us your entries and come and have a go – the Boconnoc Ride really is, ‘a ride not to be missed’!

Ride Entry Forms are available from Endurance GB or via www.endurancegb.co.uk
Please send your Entry/s plus a stamped addressed A4 envelope (+ 48p or 1st Class Large Letter stamp) and your cheque/s to the Secretary: Mrs Erica Young
Address: Great Haye House, Lamerton,
Tavistock, Devon PL19 0LJ
Email: erica2004@btconnect.com

During the week before the ride you will receive in your envelope the directions to the ride, venue map, ride instructions including vetting and start times along with route map/s.
ACCOMMODATION (Stabling and B & B)
Alternatively please contact the Ride Organiser for more information on accommodation for you and your horse or for any other queries you may have regarding the ride.

Boconnoc Ride Organiser: Mrs Veryan Barneby
Email: vbarneby@yahoo.co.uk
Tel: 01579 370680 (evenings )

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