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In 2009 the Cheshire Group of Endurance GB organised the UK’s first ever charity fund raising marathon challenge on horseback – the EQUITHON. Course distances included the full marathon distance at ~26.5 miles; the half marathon distance at ~13.3 miles and a mini marathon distance of ~2.6 miles. The course utilised part of the Eaton Estate, land of Grosvenor Farms, private land and local bridleways of the Bishop Bennet Way – fabulous riding!!

Following the success of this first event, the Equithon was again organised in 2010.

As well as introducing riders to the joys of endurance riding through this unique challenge, the principle objective of these two events has been to raise additional funds for select national and north-west based charities. Whilst appreciating that money was tighter for everyone as the country headed into recession - the impact was really hitting charity organisations. This was our way of helping.

Photo by Blue Print Studios

Both events were very generously hosted by the Eaton Estate, located just south of Chester and with the express permission from their Graces, the Duke and Duchess of Westminster.
Being the private residence of their Graces, the gates to the gardens of the Eaton Estate are only opened 3 times a year to the have gained express permission to ride through the beautiful Estate grounds and part of the deer park for this event has been a huge privilege.
Photo by Blue Print Studios

From the 2 events a staggering £14,500 has been raised through sponsorship by the riders for the following charity organisations:
2009   2010
Charity Equithon
Charity Equithon

Registered Charity No. 206658

Wirral and Chester Group
Registered Charity No. 1100992
Mid Cheshire Group
Registered Charity No. 1074130
£520 to each
RDA Group

Registered Charity No. 1085211
+ £500
donation from the
Anne Duchess of Westminster Trust

Registered Charity No. 1085760

Registered Charity No 1016532

Registered Charity No. 1054097

Registered Charity No 1004058

Registered Charity No. 1105610

Registered Charity No 1064007

Registered Charity No. 1049751

Registered Charity No 1119095

Registered Charity No. 1075641
Age Concern (Cheshire)

(Eaton Estate Charity of the Year)

Our thanks are first forwarded to their Graces the Duke and Duchess of Westminster for allowing us the privileged use of the Eaton aerodrome and to ride through the Eaton Estate; also, to staff of the Eaton Estate for their support, guidance and allowing us access to the land of Grosvenor Farms.

Secondly, our thanks are extended to all of those intrepid riders that took up the Equithon challenge and raised so much money – every penny raised and more has been donated to the charities!

The events have been well supported by local businesses and enterprises – our thanks to the following:

The sponsors for their enthusiasm and financial support:

  • ABC Supabed
  • Hallwood Feed Store
  • Crewe Saddlery Ltd
  • Landtech Solutions Ltd
  • Chevalian Equine Spa
  • Reaseheath College of Further and Higher Education – Equine Unit
  • Rowen Barbary Horse Feeds
  • Farmkey
  • Danielle Mullen – Equine Sports Therapy Massage
  • Bethell Contracting – Property Maintenance

  • The sponsors who have kindly donated prizes:

  • Youngs Animal Feeds
  • Chelford Farm Supplies
  • Cheerbrook Quality Farm Food Limited
  • Nantwich Saddlery
  • Hallwood Feed Store
  • The Handy Range
  • The Saddlery, Chester
  • Baileys Horse Feeds
  • Shires Equestrian Products
  • Mountain Horse
  • Spillers Feeds
  • Joules Clothing
  • Buildbase, Nantwich (yes, they sell baled shavings!)
  • Equine Services

  • The following companies for the provision of their services:

  • Thistle Caterers
  • Blue Print Studios
  • Oswestry Toilet Hire
  • The Lucky Horseshoe Club
  • First Aid Services
  • Nantwich Veterinary Group
  • Tyrella Rosettes Ltd
  • Myatoks Rosettes

  • Finally, a huge thanks to those members of the Cheshire Group of Endurance GB and to friends who gave their time to help organise and help out with the events – impossible to have run without you all – thank you.

    The next Equithon...
    The Equithon is having a break in 2011. Please keep tabs on the CEGB website for future announcements.

    Steph Wagstaff Bethell

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