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

“The Dartmoor Derby  gave me the ride of my life” – BBC Television and Radio 2 Presenter Sara Cox

Dates for a unique horse riding adventure weekend, the Dartmoor Derby, have been set for September 2020.

This adventurous horse riding weekend starts with guests arriving for a light lunch at midday on Friday 18th  September followed by an introductory afternoon ride before drinks and canapes in the evening. This unique horse riding weekend  includes three days of challenging and exciting riding with three nights hospitality finishing with breakfast on Monday 21st September.

This event is small, intimate and very sociable and at its core is a horseback adventure combined with a wonderful dining experience. Places are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. For pricing and availability 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, three day 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 from scratch by talented chefs 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 a challenge 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.

Two lodges on either side of the moor  either sleep two sharing in twin or double rooms, and single occupancy. Prices are based on three nights hospitality with adventurous  riding each day including on your day of arrival. For more information, pricing and availability please email

Bringing your own horse
Guest horses will be stabled each night and  cared for by our yard manager whilst you are in your lodge and in camp.

To secure your place, please email requesting a 2020 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 ride a fit, forward going hunter hired through the organisers or choose to bring their own horse.

Riders choose to stay in double or single occupancy rooms in two Dartmoor Lodges on either side of the the moor and will dine in camp. Non riding partners are welcome and each day can participate in guided walks and other activities tailored to their interests.

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

A specially constructed and immensely comfortable dining camp  with field kitchen and horse station will be built for the event. The camp will have a Mongolian theme

Participants will gather for the event on Friday 18th September and will ride Friday afternoon and all day on 19th & 20th of September, departing after breakfast on Monday 21st  September

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Horses will stay either in purpose built stabling

To be part of this special event, email Or call us on (+44) 01822 851463