Welcome to the Wessex Group

Upcoming Events

  • Sun, 01 Aug
    01 Aug, 08:00
    Dorset, Wareham Forest, Wareham BH20, UK
    A stunningly beautiful ride which will ride fast, and with very few gates. The route includes woodlands, excellent tracks for fast trotting & cantering, open sandy heathland and on the northern section chalk downland with plenty of turf. 5% roadwork.
  • Phoenix
    Sun, 08 Aug
    Treborough Common,
    08 Aug, 08:00
    Treborough Common,, Watchet TA23 0LQ, UK
    Varied terrain over open hills, farmland and forest tracks with two loops for the longer distances. Beautiful views with good going. Gates will be tied open or stewarded wherever possible. Less than 10% roadwork on each loop.
  • Tresham
    Sun, 29 Aug
    Castle Farm
    29 Aug, 08:00
    Castle Farm, The St, Leighterton, Tetbury GL8 8UN, UK
    Varied going in the Cotswold Hills. Some road work through pretty villages and some nice canters. 10% roadwork on 32km route.
  • Bonham Ride
    Sun, 12 Sep
    Bonham Airfield
    12 Sep, 08:00
    Bonham Airfield, Stourton, Warminster BA12 6PX, UK
    Route is on woodland tracks and bridleways crossing the downs. Rolling hills with plenty of canter opportunities. One ford crossing on 40km and 32 km loops. Estimated % of tarmac: less than 10%
  • Time is TBD
    DT2 9HF
    Time is TBD
    DT2 9HF, Longlands Dairy Field, Littlebredy
    New ride for 2020 Provisional March 2021 Details TBC
  • Piddle Ride
    Sun, 13 Jun
    13 Jun, 08:00
    Piddletrenthide, Piddletrenthide, Dorchester DT2 7RF, UK
    Mostly on grassy bridleways and farm tracks through the Piddle Valley with very little roadwork and some shallow rivers. No river crossing on the 16km route. As many gates as possible will be open/manned, usually requires little or no gate allowance.
  • Cerne Giant
    Sun, 02 May
    Simsay Field
    02 May, 08:00
    Simsay Field, Long St, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester DT2 7JG, UK
    42km is a sweeping loop across scenic Dorset downland and tracks, practically all off-road. Some steep climbs, with lots of cantering opportunities. Stewarded crossings of busy rural roads with only two very short stretches of road to ride. Off-road crew points and lots of water troughs makes this e
  • Cerne Social Pleasure Ride
    Sat, 01 May
    Cerne Abbas
    01 May, 08:00
    Cerne Abbas, Simsay Fields, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester DT2 7JG, UK
    23km has no gates and only a small amount of quiet roads (5%) - a good introduction to endurance!
  • Hardy's Ride
    Sun, 11 Apr
    DT2 9HF
    11 Apr, 08:00
    DT2 9HF, Longlands Dairy Field, Littlebredy
    Beautiful scenery. Going mostly on grassy bridleways, with stunning section of old turf, amazing sea views and fantastic cantering : varied hilly terrain.
  • The Golden Horseshoe - Cancelled. We hope to reschedule later in the year
    23 May 2020, 07:00 – 24 May 2020, 11:00
    Exford Showground, Exford, Minehead TA24 7ND, UK
    Majority of ride on Exmoor moorland, with some bridleways, tracks, fields and small amount of roadwork in between.
  • Bonham -TBC
    Sun, 13 Sep
    Bonham Airfield
    13 Sep 2020, 07:00
    Bonham Airfield, Stourton, Warminster BA12 6PX, UK
    A mix of woodland tracks and grassy downs with plenty of opportunity to canter. One ford crossing on 40 and 32 km loops Estimated % of tarmac: less than 10%
  • The Golden Horseshoe
    Time is TBD
    Exford Showground
    Time is TBD
    Exford Showground, Exford, Minehead TA24 7ND, UK
    Provisional May 2021 Details TBC


Many of the photos on this website are courtesy of Ian Wigley,  David Saunders Photography,  AGC Photography, Eric Jones and Rex Photography (who covered many of our rides but sadly are no longer in existence).  However, we welcome members’ own pictures too which you can send in as .jpeg files via facebook. 

Welcome to Endurance GB Wessex Group, one of the largest of EGB's regional groups, comprising the counties of Wiltshire, Dorset & Somerset. 

The aim of the Wessex Group is to provide information and support to members, or would-be members, whatever their aspirations. Contact details for Committee members can be found on the Wessex Committee page or you can get in touch via the Contact Us form

Endurance riding can be loosely defined as 'competitive long-distance riding' and endurance rides have been in existence in Britain since the early '70's. The sport has evolved over the years to a point where success at top level requires an almost scientific attention to detail in terms of feeding and training; however it still provides plenty of scope for the majority of riders whose ambition is simply to enjoy the sport to the best of their horse's ability