The First Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride took place in 2007 Organised by well known Saintfield Horse Woman Joan Cunningham to raise funds for under privileged children in Uganda and Rwanda via Rock Ministries N.I.Trust. The Mawamba Choir from Uganda visited Saintfield in 2007 and again in 2009. The choir was made up of children whose parents had either died from aids or had been murdered. The Ride since then has gone from strength to strength and is now famous throughout Ireland. Hundreds of Riders from all over the province both North and South of the Border dress up as Santa to take part in this most Unique and Spectacular Christmas Event.  Since 2007 many thousands of pounds have been raised.

Saturday 7th December 2019

The Annual Saintfield Christmas charity ride is sponsored by North Down Marquees, Ireland’s premier event specialists.



Saintfield Main St. will be a sea of Santas when Irelands largest equestrian charity event is staged.Riders from all over Northern Ireland will converge on the historical market town to take part in the annual Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride.   The day will commence with everyone arriving at Saintfield Livestock Mart. at 11.00am where they will be greeted with mulled wine and mince pies to create the seasonal atmosphere.    Riders on arrival please come to the marquee to register your entry where you will receive a sticker and your lunch ticket.

The ride is scheduled to leave the Mart. at 12 noon with the “Real Santa” leading the retinue in a magnificent horse-drawn carriage.
Meanwhile back in Saintfield the crowds of well wishers lining the main street will be entertained with live music and plenty of craic.
At 1.00pm Saintfield will be transformed into the most Magical Christmas Spectacle ever when the Santas on horseback ride into town.

The Real Santa will alight from his carriage at the Christmas tree to the absolute delight of all the children. Keeping to their schedule the Santas will make their way up the Main St.heading towards Ballynahinch then turning around the Fair Green and proceeding back down the Main St crossing over onto Station Rd. and returning to the Mart.for lunch, more live music and mighty “craic”!
The cost of the ride which is a hack and therefore suitable for all riders is adults £20 and children £10. which includes the Mulled Wine and mince pie Reception and lunch. Admission to the marquee is free but anyone wishing to have lunch can purchase same for £5 while their child or children eat free.
Further information contact or 07775860744.


Entrance to the marquee is free but anyone wishing to have lunch can do so for a donation of £5. Children can have lunch free.

The Saintfield Christmas Charity Ride would like to extend an extra special thank you to Brian & Geoffrey Murphy for the use of the Saintfield Livestock Mart.

 For further details contact Joan Cunningham 07775 860744 Email:

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