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Seventy riders join charity event at Exton Park

Riders at Exton Park
Riders at Exton Park

More than 70 riders turned up for Ride for Rutland at Exton Park on Sunday.

In only its third year, attendance at Ride For Rutland had almost doubled this time compared to last year!

But organisers said this was not surprising, as the 11 mile ride through Exton Park is exceptional and of course, the event was blessed with equally exceptional weather.

Exton Park had been opened to riders specifically for Ride For Rutland, to raise funds to support both Exton Church and people living with long term health conditions in Rutland and the surrounding community.

The course took the riders passed the stunning lake and Fort Henry through a perfect stretch for a gallop. Riders had the choice to do the full 11 mile course or opt for a shorter track.

Oakham Veterinary Hospital generously sponsored the event and Jess, a veterinary nurse at the practice, rode the course on the day.

At the end of the ride, the riders were met by the For Rutland team with drinks, home made cakes, refreshments and the rosettes. The horses were rewarded with Polo mints.

Trish Ruddle, fundraiser at For Rutland and co-organiser, said: “We can’t thank Meichelle Saunders and her family enough for all the hard work they have put into making this event such a success. A real family effort. Meichelle had kindly organised the ride in memory of her father and to raise funds for For Rutland.

“Also, we must thank the Exton Estate for all their help and support and for giving us permission to ride in Exton Park, everyone was able to enjoy their beautiful grounds in the best weather.

“We hope that all the riders will return again next year to support Ride For Rutland.”

For Rutland will use the funds raised, which are still being tallied, to pay for specialist advisers based at Citizens Advice Rutland who provide free, confidential, non-medical advice and support to people of all ages living with long term health conditions such as cancer, dementia, strokes and mental illness in Rutland and the surrounding community. They can help with practical problems associated with long term conditions, such as access to NHS services, housing, debt, employment and relationship issues. They ensure that clients are able to get necessary funding through grants and benefits at a time when they most need it.

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