Cowdray Sponsored Ride success

Riders Emily (15) her father Mike Hillier with starters and finishers  Sophie Walls and Ann Wadey
Riders Emily (15) her father Mike Hillier with starters and finishers Sophie Walls and Ann Wadey

THERE were 200 starters when entrants in the Cowdray Sponsored Ride lined up beside Cowdray House for the annual event.

With staggered starting times, riders went off singly or in groups, mostly taking around two or more hours to complete the ten-mile course with 38 optional jumps ranging from 18 inches to three feet nine inches, all newly-built this year.

People came from across the counties, including two from Kent who were holidaying here with their horses and saw the event advertised.

The route went on to Ambersham Common, towards Graffham and back, mainly on good sandy going, but with some very muddy places.

Nadine Crouch was organising it for the first time, with Joan Langmead who has been at the helm for many years.

They said they could not do it without all the help from stewards. starters and finishers, food suppliers, Chichester district Scouts, Lord Cowdray’s agent Robert Windle and estate workers.

All who completed the course were given rosettes.

Those who raised more than £75 received salvers and top fundraisers received gifts from sponsors Cubitt and West, Oldwick Saddlery at Lavant and the Horse and Hound magazine. The youngest rider to complete received a trophy. Proceeds go to Midhurst’s Macmillan Cancer Care and the Chiddingfold, Leconfield and Cowdray Hunt.