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Riding the Lines, 200 years on - Raid Hipico V results Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 March 2010
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Riding the Lines, 200 years on - Raid Hipico V results
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Stages Two and Three and the prize ceremony

Lord Arthur Charles Wellesley, Marquess of Douro y Torres Vedras, very successfully completed Stage One (14km) of the "Raid dos 200 anos das Linhas de Torres Vedras" last Saturday (20th March 2010). Heir to the Duke of Wellington, and carrying number 331, Lord Douro was mounted on a magnificent chestnut Arab "Izamal de Palhares" owned by Rui Brazão, very similar to the first Duke's favourite charger "Copenhagen". He creditably covered the demanding first section of the main course (including the daunting slope at Archeira) without difficulty at good speed and within the allowed time, passing the forts, military roads, historic villages, and the " Quintas" which served as Wellington's commanders' headquarters in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Lord Douro demonstrated a level of horsemanship very much akin to that of the Duke of Wellington himself, who daily covered 60km on horseback during the "Time of the Lines". 

Lord Douro and the winner

The main competition, which at 53km was somewhat shorter than usual this year, over a different course, was won for the first time by a rider based in the Oeste, João Susano (number 23, above), from Caldas da Rainha, mounted on Samuel do ValMoreno, who established a new speed record for the race at 13.5km/h.

You can find the complete classification results table here (85kB  PDF).

Lord Douro displayed a great affection for the region and a keen interest in the second and third stages of the event, which covered some of the key areas of historic interest in the central part of the "First Line". Finally he visited the summit of Monte Socorro to see the historic reconstruction near the Ermida da Serra do Socorro of a working "Optic Telegraph" (semaphore system) devised by Wellington, and this year manned by a naval crew and officers in full period uniform. This visit of a descendant of Wellington forges a very important link between the UK and the region in terms of promotion of the tourist potentialities of the "Rota Histórica das Linhas de Torres Vedras".

The event was a notable success and well merited the support of these sponsors:

 ArenescarBP , Caixa de Crédito Agrícola Mútuo de Mafra , Campo Real , Grupo Portucel Soporcel , ELO Artes Gráficas , Império Bonança , Junta de Freguesia do Turcifal , Município de Mafra , Município de Sobral de Monte Agraço , Município de Torres Vedras , Tecsport Audi , Turismo de Lisboa , Turismo do Oeste, Vedeca .



1 The 33rd - "the Dukes" - was the British army regiment to which Queen Victoria gave, after his death, the name of his great-great-great-grandfather - The Duke of Wellington's Regiment - was the one most closely associated with him and with which he served (and commanded) from 1793 to 1813. It is the only Regiment to be named after a person not of the Royal Blood. The 33rd now forms part of The Yorkshire Regiment which has recently served in Afghanistan and this month received the freedom of the City of Wakefield.


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