Wimbledon Common: Horse Riding & Pony Trails
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|Partial / Incomplete Date||c.1980|
|Copyright 1||Halcyon of Bushey|
|Notes / History||For centuries, Wimbledon Common has been used for the riding
and grazing of horses.
During the 17th & 18th Centuries,
there were even regular race meetings, with riders competing
for prizes such as the ‘King’s Plate’.
The Conservators have created designated horse-tracks and exercise rings, covering more then fifteen miles of the Common and are often gravel covered, to prevent erosion.
Many local riding schools are located within a short distance of the Common, making regular use
of the open ground for riding lessons, pony-trekking and horse-shows.
The Wimbledon branch
of the Pony-Club and the
Kingston & District Riding Club
also use the Common for Competitive sport.