Horseman’s Sunday returns for the 2nd year on Sunday 28 April 2019 at 14.30pm. This unique and special event takes place at St Martha’s church, on top of St Martha’s Hill where a special equestrian service is conducted by Reverend Stephanie Sokolowski and all horses are blessed and receive a commemorative rosette.
This historical service hadn’t been performed in Surrey since 2008 when it took place on Epsom Downs but was sadly cancelled from then on due to dwindling numbers. The Hyde Park Horseman’s Sunday event has been going strong since 1967 and attracts ever increasing crowds.
Last year around 35 horses descended on St Martha’s and congregated along the North wall where a crowd of spectators watched on in amazement. Reverend Stephanie Sokolowski of St Martha’s Church who conducts the service comments;
“Last year’s Horseman’s Sunday was a great success. It was a delight to see so many horses and riders making the effort to climb up to the top of the hill and attend the service. I am delighted this event is happening again this year. It was an honour to bring the equestrian community together and to celebrate these beautiful animals”.
The event is co-ordinated by the Surrey Hills Board who work closely with horse riders through their Equestrian working group which helps to promote, manage and enhance horse riding opportunities in the Surrey Hills. The group works actively to help clear and improve bridleways as well as deal with issues such as parking for horse boxes, raise awareness of horse safety and liaise with other users such as walkers and cyclists to encourage safe access for all across popular routes.
If you are keen to attend please register for your FREE place;
Spectators and dogs on leads are very welcome to this wonderful event!