HRA and RDA Big Ride


Horse Rangers Association (HRA) is taking part in the RDA Big Ride on Sunday 24 September 2017 in Bushy Park, and they would love you to sponsor our horses/rider/helpers for this event.

There will be a 3km circuit set up in Bushy Park,

18 of our horses will be completing 75 circuits (average 4 per horse)

Distance covered will be 225 kms

Some riders will be accompanied by leaders and side helpers, and some will ride independently.

Some riders will just walk, others will trot and even canter sections of the circuit.

There will be many helpers walking the course, and even some riders will be walking the course.

Event date
24-September-2017 12:30
24-September-2017 18:00

Event type
UK challenge

Event is completed

Stockyard Hampton Court Road,
TW12 2EJ,

The 2017 Mongol Derby: Cy’s fundraising page

Cy Lloyd Jones

My page:

Link to video of 2017 Mongol Derby

As some of you may know, I am delighted to have been selected to be 1 of 34 international riders competing in the 2017 Mongol Derby. It is a 1000km race on semi-feral Mongolian horses across the wilderness of the Mongol Steppe. It is considered the world’s longest and toughest horse race and takes approximately 10 days. The race starts on 9th August.

To stand a chance of finishing riders must balance survival skills and horsemanship and must endure the elements as well as unfamiliar food and terrain.
As a former British Army Officer and passionate horse rider, I learned to ride as a child in the Horse Rangers Association and eventually went on to fulfil a lifetime dream of  joining the cavalry as a tank commander in the Royal Dragoon Guards, serving on operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

The Mongol Derby is a tough race on tough horses in tough terrain. It is a personal challenge but also a great platform to promote a charity that I am passionate about and directly support the organisation that have helped me undertake the challenge. I chose to take on the challenge and therefore I have paid for the event. The funds raised will not go towards the cost, but purely toward the Horse Rangers Association. The aim is to buy a horse for the Horse Rangers to enable children from all walks of life and ability/disability to take up horse riding.

The Horse Rangers Association – is a UK children’s charity teaching horsemanship and stable management. HRA is a uniformed organisation providing self-development to youngsters (from 8yrs) from all backgrounds & abilities.

In 1224 Chinggis Khaan set up the world’s first long-distance postal transmission system. Using a massive network of horse stations – morin urtuus in Mongolian – his hardy messengers could gallop from Kharkhorin to the Caspian sea in a number of days.

For ten days each August, the Mongol Derby recreates this legendary system, building a network of urtuus at 40km intervals along the entire thousand kilometre course.

Each urtuu will consist of a small collection of gers (canvas and felt tents which the herders live in), a supply of fresh horses, a vet team and a few herders. While you don’t by any means have to stay at the urtuus each night, this is a chance, should you want to take it, to get some rest, hang out with the herders, imbibe some airag (mare’s milk) and eat an awful lot of mutton.

The exact course changes each year and is kept secret until shortly before the launch. It is likely to encompass the following variety of terrain; High passes, green open valleys, wooded hills, river crossings, wetland and floodplains, sandy semi-arid dunes, rolling hills, dry riverbeds and of course open steppe.