Project Description


“It really is the most wonderful riding you can imagine” – Eventer Mary King MBE

‘We are proud to support the British Horse Society as our charity partner. A percentage of every entry fee goes towards supporting their Changing Lives Through Horses campaign – here.’


Dartmoor Derby is proudly sponsored by

Dates for the next highly anticipated Dartmoor Derby have been set for September 2017.

The dates for 2017 will be arrival on the morning of Friday 22nd September with a short afternoon ride before drinks and canapes in the evening. The event will include two full days riding on Saturday and Sunday with three nights hospitality starting on Friday evening and finishing after breakfast on Monday 25th September.

There will only be 40 places available on a first come, first served basis. To reserve your place in The Dartmoor Derby 2017, email (putting ‘Dartmoor Derby 2017’ in the subject line).

This uniquely formatted event is inspired both by the international success of the famously rough, rugged and breathtaking annual challenge across the Steppes, the Mongol Derby, and the enduring appeal of chic African riding safaris.

The Dartmoor Derby combines the best of both. It’s an opportunity to experience a carefully planned, two day guided ride covering upto 50 miles over countryside that sent even Steven Spielberg weak at the knees, staying in purpose built camp in a beautiful setting in the heart of Dartmoor.

Through the course of it you will camp in specially constructed Mongolian Style Yurts purpose-built for the event and enjoy fantastic, locally-sourced food.

Riders — grouped into small teams of up to ten — are invited to bring their own horse for the Dartmoor Derby, or hire a fit horse with plentiful experience of Dartmoor terrain through Liberty Trails.

Mary King and the Dartmoor Derby – Video by Liberty Trails

The Dartmoor Derby is a luxury riding challenge, and while participants will need to be established and fit riders, confident at every pace, this is not a race and there is no need to jump.

Participants may tailor their accommodation plan according to their budget and either share a yurt with three others or upgrade to either double or single occupancy. Prices are based on three nights hospitality with two full days riding and an introductory ride on your day of arrival. Prices to upgrade are available on request.

For a group booking of three guests choosing to bring their own horses and share a three bedded yurt the price is £1250 per person. For those booking to come alone, share a yurt with two others and bring their own horse, the price is £1350 per person. For guests willing to do the same but choosing to ride a horse hired through the organisers, the price is £1650.  There is the opportunity to spend three nights in the hotel and depending on whether you are bringing your own horse or hiring a horse here through the organisers, single or double occupancy the price will be £1800 to £2300 per person.

To find out more, please register HERE, email or call (44) 1822 851463

For terms and conditions, please go to booking conditions

Dartmoor Derby

At a glance

The Dartmoor Derby Ambassadors are eventers Mary King MBE, Lucy Wiegersma, and actor and British Horse Society President Martin Clunes OBE

Places are restricted and riders will travel in small teams of four to seven with their guides

Riders are invited to bring their own horse, or can be matched with a fit mount, with wide experience of Dartmoor’s terrain, by the organisers

Riders to choose single occupancy, double or three man yurts

Locally sourced food and suppliers are used wherever possible. This is a proudly West Country event

A specially constructed and immensely comfortable camp and horse stations will be built for the event. The camp will have a Mongolian theme

Participants will gather for the event on Friday 22nd September and will ride in the afternoon of 22nd and all day on 23rd & 24th September.

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Horses will stay either in purpose built stabling and/or specially constructed individual paddocks

To be part of this special event, apply by clicking HERE. Or call us on (+44) 07967 823674