The annual Melton Hunt Ride sees some rather brave riders tackle quite formidable country.

Has hedge hopping been fun but lacking a certain edge? Are you not quite feeling sick with fear before a day’s hunting? Then why not dial it up a notch and not add a competitive element! The annual Melton Hunt Ride is taking place this Sunday (16th November) in the cream of the Cottesmore country. Are you tough enough?

One of the "smaller" hedges in the Melton Hunt Ride

One of the “smaller” hedges in the Melton Hunt Ride

There are over 40 competitors comprise all backgrounds; from farmers, to jockeys, to landowners, to riders. All have one thing in common – they are exceedingly bold. Names such as William Fox Grant and Rowan Cope as well as previous winners Zoe Gibson and Charlotte Alexander, will be throwing their hearts over the fences and hoping their horses will follow. There is even a half brother to the famous Denman in the field.

The ride is hosted in turn by the Cottesmore, Belvoir and Quorn Hunts, and this year the course covers 3.65 miles over open grassland between Barleythorpe and Knossington, just to the West of Oakham in Rutland.

On the day facilities will include a bar and hog roast which will be located at Ladywood Lodge. Access to the site is off the Braunston to Withcote road west of Oakham and will be open from 10.00am. The race will start at midday prompt.

Parking will be at Ladywood and is accessed off the Braunston to Knossington road.
There will be a £5 charge for cars
No parking will be allowed on the verges and there will be no access allowed for pedestrians from the road
All gates on the course must be left closed after the race.

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