Many thanks to all those who are making the trip and supporting the event now in its fourth year - and thank you for all your wonderful feedback. Of course, I couldn't organise this event without my amazing helpers, your assistance is greatly appreciated! 

 

 

Already well known in the British Eventing calendar for our fantastic and reliable ground conditions, Poplar Park and the Sandlings area in general are perfect for barefoot and offer fast sandy tracks with gentle undulations.

 

Situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, the Poplar Park Sandlings Ride derives its' name from the Sandlings area in which the venue lies.  The uncluttered coast, estuaries, farmland, sweeping forest and heathland is of high scenic value, and in 1969 it was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The Sandlings area is both dramatic and picturesque. The huge sky, golden gorse, sandy fields and swathes of heathland large enough to support wildlife that can exist nowhere else certainly make for truly memorable riding experience.  Upper and Lower Hollesley Commons are fine examples of large surviving heathlands that support wildlife species such as the attractive silver-studded blue butterfly, woodlark, stonechat, Dartford warbler, nightjar and hobby. Fallow, red, roe and muntjac deer also live on the heathland in the Sandlings.

The origins of Rendlesham forest can be traced back to the creation of the Forestry Commission in 1921 to provide timber resources for the nation from new forests. At that time, landowners were eager to sell poor, semi-derelict farmland and heathland to the Commission. Large areas of sandy soil in the Sandlings region of Suffolk were planted and today they have grown into atmospheric pine forests that include Rendlesham where much of the ride will take place.

Ride Information and vet times
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Route Map:
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EGB Numbers 2019

 

Accommodation for you and your horse . . .

 

HORSES:

Horses can either be stabled or coralled on site. 

Stabling is charged at £20 per night with a straw bed.

Coralling is £10 per night.

Please pay for your stable or coralling with your entry.

 

ONSITE FACILITIES:

There is water, toilets and showers on site. The muck trailer will also be available for use.  

Refreshments will be available.

BBQ on Saturday evening - please state on your entry if you wish to attend.

There will be a photographer: STEVE WOOD PHOTOGRAPHY.

ACCOMMODATION ON SITE:

You can camp onsite in a tent or your lorry. 

The farmhouse has a self-contained flat available to rent.  Please visit the 'Welcome Cottages' website using the reference W41231 

B&B AND PUBS IN THE VILLAGE:

Richmond Hill B&B   |  Phone: 01394 411758  |   Address: Rectory Road, Hollesley

The Shepherd and Dog  |  Phone: 01394 411855  |   Address: The Street, Hollesley IP12 3QU

The Sorrel Horse Inn  |  Phone: 01394 411617  |   Address: Hollesley Road, Shottisham  IP12 3HD

The Ramsholt Arms   |  Phone: 01394 41122  |   Address:  Ramsholt, Woodbridge   IP12 3AB

The Plough    |  Phone: 01394 411785  |   Address: Main Road, Sutton   IP12 3DU

The Swan    |  Phone: 01394 411366  |   Address: The Street, Alderton   IP12 3BL

The Owls    |  Phone: 07779208954  |   Address: Oxley Dairy, Shingle Street  IP12 3BD       

Here is a selection of photos from the 2014 ride - many thanks to Cawston Camera Club and my timekeepers for taking these great action shots!

 

Ride Organiser and Secretary:

Antonia (Bo) Hardwick

Poplar Park Equestrian Centre

Hollesley

SuffolkIP123NA

poplarpark@googlemail.com

Tel: 01394 411023

Mob: 07879063822 

 

All entries can be made on the Endurance GB website 

Please contact the ride organiser with any sponsorship enquiries.