St Clere Ride – EGB

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday. I hope these notes help you. 

VENUE

Field off St Clere Hill Road/ Knock Mill Lane . Postcode TN15 6AH

DIRECTIONS

The venue is only 1 mile off the A20 close to the village of West Kingsdown. This is easily accessible from the M20/ M25 and M26. The lanes close to the venue are very narrow with very, very few passing places. A one way system will be in operation.

ONE WAY SYSTEM

Follow the EGB signs from the A20 into Terry’s Lodge Road. After approx. 1 mile turn right at the crossroads  ( signposted) Follow this lane for approx. ½ mile and the entrance to the venue will be on your left.

When you go home you will come out of the venue and turn left. After ¼ mile take the first lane on your right (Pells Lane) This will take you back to the A20.

FACILITIES

Catering, first aid and toilets available. There is no horse water at the venue. Buckets of water will be available at the checkpoints.

CREWING

No crewing allowed on course. All vehicles to remain at the venue.

AT THE VENUE

Please park as directed. Please do not lunge horses or leave them unattended tied to trailers/ horseboxes. Please do not bring dogs. ( If you really have to bring your dog please keep them on a lead)

ON ARRIVAL

Once you have parked please register with the secretary. If you are a member please take your membership card and show this when you collect your bib.

If you are not an EGB  member please hand in a £5 bib deposit.

You do not need to show horse passports or vaccination history.

Please check the notice board for safety notices. If you would like a map please ask for one – the route will also be marked.

BIBS

Your bib number will be shown by Thursday evening on this page.

http://barngatefarm.co.uk/st-clere-ride-2017/entries-st-clere-2017/

Bib number deposits – membership cards for members and £5.00 deposit for non-members.

START TIMES

You are welcome to start at any time within the time below

32km   9 am to 10.30am

16km   10am to 11.30am

8km       11.00am – 12.30am

We have a large number of entries for the 16km class – if any 16km riders would like to start earlier than 10am this is fine.

RIDE SPEED

STEADY SPEEDS FOR SAFETY PLEASE

In Endurance we encourage riders to complete a pleasure ride at a speed between 8km/hr and 12km/hr

For the Weald Trophy you are looking for a speed of between 8km/hr and 9.5km/hr  (this speed can be achieved by walking and trotting)

ROUTE

This ride includes all sorts of going from grassy downland banks to flinty fields and farm tracks. Marking is with coloured tape in the trees, coloured arrows and coloured spray paint on the ground.

Please ride with consideration for other riders; slower riders please make way for others to overtake you. Faster riders always ask before passing and then do so at no more than a trot.

We do cross the North Downs Way , The Pilgrims Way and some smaller footpaths.

Please ride politely passing walkers AT A WALK. If you are in any doubt about the behaviour of loose dogs STOP and wait for the owner to restrain them.

We are not sending out maps in advance (course may have to be changes after event on Saturday)

The course will be well marked.

Paper maps will be available from the Secretary when you register on Sunday morning.

FOR YOUR SAFETY ON THE RIDE

This is not a gallopy ride .

Ride with care, caution and consideration.

Flints:- Be aware that there are many flints in the ground.

Rabbit holes:-  Be aware that there are a number of rabbit holes all over the North Downs and whilst we are able to mark those that we see there will be many that we do not see (and new rabbit holes can appear overnight). Any we see will be marked with a post/ branch and red/ white hazard tape.

ON THE ROUTE

Arable fields

Please keep off the crops. If the path is narrow please ride to the edge in single file.

Hay fields

All three routes go round two hay fields. There may well be rabbit holes around the edges of these – please ride a couple of metres into the field.

16 and 32 km – diagonal uphill path across the downs.

As you enter this large field you will see a diagonal path marked with white flags. Keep close to the flags as this route has the least rabbit holes/ subsidence. Our advice is to stay in control of your speed in order that you can watch for dangerous/ holey/ uneven ground ahead of you. If unsure/ apprehensive then dismount and lead your horse up the bank.

16 and 32km routes – St Clere House Drive

When you are on the drive to St Clere House it is essential that you keep offthe grass on either side of the drive.

Rain

In the event of heavy rain extra care must be taken as chalky banks become slippery.

INSURANCE

Insurance cover is provided by EGB

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO RIDE

Entries have closed and refunds cannot be given.

 

RAFFLE – prizes include:-

£50.00 voucher from Red Horse Products

Vouchers from Speedgate Saddlery/ Feed store

Rug washing voucher from Olivers Farm

Decorated cushion from Needles and Pins

Gifts from A to Z 

Gifts from Toggi

Two prizes of  a delivery of logs  ( free delivery within 8 miles of the venue or you can collect)

Two prizes of  a delivery of mushroom compost ( free delivery within 8 miles of the venue or you can collect)

 

Please support the raffle – we have some super prizes and proceeds of the raffle will go to our Breast Cancer charities. We have chosen to support The Haven – a national Breast Cancer charity and The Empress Breast Unit in Darent Valley Hospital.

For further information on The Haven please follow this link https://www.thehaven.org.uk/London

The Haven provides help and support during the toughest times….this is what they say …

“A diagnosis of breast cancer can be frightening and the treatment grueling. Surgery, hair loss, radiation, chemotherapy and medication can all take its toll. Medical treatment is necessary but you will need so much more than this.

That is where we come in.

We offer advice on practical things like money and work, help combatting stress, exhaustion and nausea, advice on healthy eating and exercise. And above all, there will always be someone to talk to about your deepest fears”

If every rider bought £5 of tickets – why not donate your bib deposit towards some tickets – this would be fantastic. Thank you for supporting our fund-raising raffle.

Did you enjoy today – would you like to know about Endurance?

If you are not a member and if you enjoyed today you may like to join EGB as a supporter (free)

https://endurancegb.co.uk/main/Joining

Dates of future rides in the South East

Our next ride ( Primrose)  is near Canterbury on Sunday 7th May. This is being organised by Mandy Yarnold. Mandy is Secretary at the St Clere Ride and you can ask her about the Primrose Ride.

Details of all EGB rides in the South East can be found here

Weald Pleasure Ride Trophy

If you completed your ride today at a speed of 8km/hr to 9.5km /hr then you have completed your first part of qualifying for the Weald trophy. Congratulations.

Read about the Weald Trophy here.

 

Best wishes

Judith

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