Sunday, 30 November 2014

Wessex Yeomanry Ride 2014, Worcester Lodge, Badminton

The Royal Wessex Yeomanry is the Territorial Army armoured regiment of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Devon and Dorset. The Regimental Ride has its origins in the 19th century when the Challenge Cup was competed for by the Yeomanry regiments of the West of England. in the late 1930's the ride was held by the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars in the Beaufort country. This continued until 1970 when the ride was moved to Ewen and then to Frampton-on-Severn  in the Berkeley country. In 1985 the ride returned to Badminton, to Cape Farm.

No matter how many times one is lucky enough to gaze upon Worcester Lodge, Badminton, venue for the Wessex Yeomanry Ride, William Kent's masterpiece and one of the most gorgeous buildings in England, does what what it was designed to do. Worcester Lodge takes the breath away.

At the conclusion of the Wessex Yeomanry Ride the Duke of Beaufort's hounds meet at Worcester Lodge, fifteen minutes later than usual, at 11 o'clock.