The Lion's Tail Ride Information (2021)

Toll Ride Fee

Lady Gretton opened the Stapleford TROT on 13 May 2008

Much of the ride is on a 'Toll Ride' route. The charge of £3.00 for use of the route has been included  in the ride entry fee.

If you are unfortunate enough to fail pre-ride vetting this will be refunded.

TROT members are exempt from this fee but must show their hatbands to the ride secretary and wear them while riding.

Camping at the Venue

Camping at the venue is available in 2021 on the Friday and Saturday nights only. £10 for the duration.

No vehicles may be taken into or out of the camping field

while competitors are leaving the venue


If sleeping in lorries or trailers please park on the main venue.


If your horse is corralled at the venue someone responsible for the horse must be on site overnight.

Corralling at the Venue

Corralling at the venue is available in 2021 on the Friday and Saturday nights only. £7 per horse for the duration.

The ride route follows the track through the corralling field so any horses left in a corral during the day must have a headcollar on.

Electric fencing must be on and working.All corrals must have a tag with the owners name & contact telephone number on it.

The gates at each end of the corralling field must be closed in the evenings and overnight.

Please see your pre-ride information, as corralling space is limited and parking in the corralling field is not permitted

No vehicles may be taken out of the corralling field between 0830 and 1500 on Saturday, or between 0845 and 1330 on Sunday (or until all competitors have left the venue). There is plenty of space on the main venue for boxes, trailers, and vehicles. If you need your vehicle for crewing please move it onto main parking area outside of these times.

No tents in the corralling area.

There is a water point on the venue (near the main entrance). The water is suitable for human consumption. There is also a tap by the fence near the corralling field entrance.

Please scatter/spread out droppings before leaving. There is no need to take them home with you.

Places to eat

Hot food Wagon at the Venue (Saturday and Sunday) courtesy of The Cottage Kitchen: 07973 752819.
Supporting British Farmers; Free Range Ingredients; Farm Assured Produce; backing local rural businesses.

Whissendine: The White Lion: 01664 474233 (also has accommodation).

There is a pub in Somerby (The Stilton Cheese) which serves food, and plenty of places in Melton Mowbray and Oakham.

For anyone stabling with Jane and William Cross there are two good pubs in Braunston.

There are several restaurants and takeaways near the railway station in Melton.

B&B for horse and rider

Somerby Equestrian Centre will put you in touch with a B&B in the village

If they don't have space they will put you in contact with someone who does.

Hilltop Farm: Telephone:01572 755 744

B&B in Somerby: Rose Cottage 01664 454422 or The Stilton Chees 01664 454394

The White Lion in Whissendine has accomodation for people only. Tel: 01664 474233


Alice Robb (1 mile from the venue).

Somerby Equestrian Centre (6 miles from the venue) 01664 454838.

B&B in Somerby: Rose Cottage 01664 454422 or The Stilton Chees 01664 454394.

Hilltop Farm 01572 755 744.

Riding out from the venue

You may not ride any of the off road ride route if hacking out from the venue. This is a TROT toll route and you require a TROT hatband to use it.

You can hire a hatband from the organiser if you wish to try the Toll Ride route.


All dogs must be on a lead at all times whilst on the venue or in the park. There is stock in adjacent fields.


Please check the notice board for route changes and/or special instructions. Potential hazards on route (at least those we know about) will be marked on the route map at the venue.

The corralling area is at the beginning of the ride route. Please take care leaving and returning to the venue.

The organiser and TS may penalize any rider up to and including elimination if complaints are received and upheld re crew, rider, or any animal (human or otherwise!) that should be under their control.