Saddle Up for the Sheriff’s Ride – Lichfield

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image 150x100 - Saddle Up for the Sheriff’s Ride - LichfieldHorse riders are being urged to saddle up for the annual Sheriff’s Ride taking place in Lichfield on Saturday 7 September 2019. 

The Sheriff’s Ride is a unique tradition dating from Queen Mary’s Charter of 1553 in which Lichfield was separated from Staffordshire and made a ‘City and County’ with a right to appoint its own Sheriff.

The Charter commanded the Sheriff to make a complete perambulation of the City to inspect the boundary each September – a tradition which has been upheld to this day. 

Although steeped in history, the ride combines the best of English tradition with a fun ride.

The day starts from the centre of historic Lichfield, where the Sheriff accompanied by other Civic Dignitaries will lead the procession of horses out of the city. The 22-mile ride then follows a marked route via bridleways, private land and some road sections with plenty of cross-country canters and gallops, before returning to the city via the Cathedral Close. 

The ride which has been established over many years is accompanied by mounted marshals and support vehicles, with a morning, lunchtime and afternoon break.  Entry costs £35 and is open to competent riders aged 16 years or over.  Entrants should be dressed in hunting or dressage clothing and there is a prize awarded for the best turned-out horse and rider. 

For more information and an application form please contact Lucy Clarke at Lichfield City Council on 01543 309852 or email deadline for applications closes on Friday 30 August 2019.

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