11:15AM, Wednesday 27 January 2016
Windsor Lions celebrated the success of the annual Windsor Great Park Horseride.
The event’s top riders were presented with glittering trophies while representatives of charities were presented with donations from the proceeds of the horseride.
Riders from Essex, Devon and Dorset travelled to Windsor for the event and were presented with awards by the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Eileen Quick, at Windsor Guildhall on Friday, January 22.
The Disabled Association, SportsAble and Macmillan Nurses were among the charities that were presented with cheques by Lions president Bob Tavinor.
The Windsor Great Park Horseride is the group’s biggest fundraising event.
The challenging nine mile ride through the Great Park was held on September 12 and 13 and was attended by 550 riders from all over southern England and South Wales.
The event raised almost £30,000, taking the total to about £2m since it was started.
This year, the event will celebrate its 40th anniversary on the weekend of September 10.
Organiser Mark Fraser said: “Last Friday evening was a lovely occasion as it always is.
“It is so good to hear the very positive feedback from our wonderful riders and learn first-hand how the nominated local good causes intend using their donations which result from the ride.
“Every year we strive to make the event bigger and better and 2016 will be no exception where we want to attract even more riders.”
Entries for this year’s event will open later in the year.
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