THE 2022 Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride was launched in style in the magnificent grounds of Rowallane Garden, Saintfield, kindly hosted by the National Trust. Guests arrived and were welcomed by ride organiser, Joan Cunningham.
The ride, which is strictly a hack, is now into its 16th year and will take place on Saturday, December 3. All proceeds from the ride will go to the amazing work being done in Uganda, through the Kulama Village Project.
This is an opportunity for everyone to take part or simply enjoy what is Ireland’s largest equestrian charity event.
The spectacular Christmas extravaganza begins at 11am, when the Santas will arrive at Andrews’ Yard, 50 Lisburn Road, Saintfield, for a mulled wine and mince pie reception.
Throughout the day, prizes will be presented to the best dressed Santas in all age groups. This will be judged by well known equestrian journalist, Ruth Loney.
At 12 noon sharp, the Santas will mount up and head up the old Belfast Road, arriving in Saintfield town at approx. 1.15pm. The Santas will be led by the ‘Real Santa’ in Angelo Kane’s magnificent horse-drawn carriage. As the swarm of Santas invade Saintfield, they will be welcomed by crowds of well wishers. Christmas music will ring out throughout the town from the fabulous Hugo Duncan, Box Car Brian and Gerard Dornan, who will have been busy entertaining everyone until the arrival of Santa Claus himself, followed by a multitude of Santas on horse-back.
To the absolute delight of everyone, Santa will alight from his carriage at the Christmas Tree in the middle of the town to meet and greet all the children. Finally, the cortege will continue up through Saintfield and back to Andrews’ Yard.
Ride organiser, Joan Cunningham would like to give a special thank you to Marcus McVeigh (McVeigh Contracts), Prime Car wash and Gordon Andrews for the use of the yard.
The cost of the ride is Adults £20 and Children £10, which includes the mulled wine and mince pie reception.
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