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

Dartmoor Derby is proudly sponsored by

Dates for a unique horse riding weekend, the Dartmoor Derby, have been set for September 2018.

This horse riding weekend starts with guests arriving on the morning of Friday 21st September with a short afternoon ride before drinks and canapes in the evening. The horse riding weekend includes two full days of challenging and adventurous riding on Saturday and Sunday with three nights hospitality starting on Friday evening and finishing after breakfast on Monday 24th September.

Places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. To register your interest in The Dartmoor Derby 2018, sign up below.

To secure your place please email

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 days guided ride covering up to 50 miles over the countryside that sent even Steven Spielberg weak at the knees, staying in a 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 erected just days before the event and enjoy fantastic, locally-sourced food cooked in a field kitchen.

Riders — in small groups of eight — are invited to bring their own horse or hire a fit forward going hunter hireling type with plentiful experience of Dartmoor terrain through Liberty Trails.

Video courtesy of Theresa Sanders, who participated in the 2017 Dartmoor Derby

The Dartmoor Derby is a unique weekend riding challenge and participants need to be experienced, fit, competent riders, confident at every pace. Whilst this is not a race and there is no need to jump, this event is geared to bold, confident riders with the spirit of adventure. The horses are mainly over 16hh and are high quality, sure-footed with a turn of speed.

Participants may tailor their accommodation plan according to their budget opting for either a five star or three-star hotel or for three nights in camp. The yurts either sleep three or four and upgrades are available for 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

Four people booking to come together to ride hired horses is £1795 per person
Three people booking to come together and ride hired horses  is £1850 per person
One person booking independently to come on their own with a hired horse, sharing a three-man yurt is £1895 per person.
The price for a couple sharing a yurt & riding hired horses is £2500 per person.

The price for single occupancy at the Five Star Bovey Castle Hotel riding a hired horse is £2695
The price for two people sharing is £2495 per person

Bringing your own horse
Please take £350 off per person if you are bringing your own horse

To secure your place, please email requesting a 2018 Rider Registration Form and Bank Details to which to send your deposit.

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 to confident, experienced riders and will travel in small teams of upto eight with their guides

Riders can rent a fit, forward going hunter hireling through the organisers or choose to bring their own horse.

Riders to choose double, three or four 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 21st September and will ride Friday afternoon and all day on 22nd & 23rd  September, departing after breakfast on Monday 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) 01822 851463