Sheriff's Ride 2008

Published: 10 September 2008

sheriff's ride
Sheriff's Ride


On a very wet Saturday morning, the Sheriff of Lichfield, Councillor Norma Bacon led the ride out of the City in a splendid horse drawn carriage accompanied by a party of 32 riders. Amongst the lead riders were the High Sheriff of Staffordshire, Mrs Katie Evans accompanied by Honorary Alderman John Brooks.

Despite the weather, the ride followed a circuit of Lichfield, taking in the traditional lunchtime stop at Freeford Manor. The Sheriff together with over 120 guests enjoyed a buffet lunch under canvas entertained by the Lichfield City Concert Band.

The winner of the Best Presented Horse and Rider was newcomer to the ride, Mrs Jill Francis riding Zeppie. The Mike Goddard Marshal's Award was presented to Ms Jo-Anne Lloyd.

The atmosphere through out the day remained buoyant; with riders commenting on the fantastic sense of camaraderie generated somewhat, perhaps, due to the inclement conditions. The going was soft underfoot but the riders still managed a few good gallops.

Under Sheriff, John Haggett commented that the Ride had continued even through the war years and wasn't going to be put off by a little rain!

The Sheriff would like to thank all those who helped with the ride and made the day, in the end so successful.

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