Canter for a Cure

Canter for a Cure

MK Eventing Centre • MK19 7HQ

We are pleased to announce Canter for a Cure 2020 will take place on Saturday 27th June at Milton Keynes Eventing Centre.

Canter for a Cure

Join us at this year’s #CFAC20 to help Medical Detection Dogs continue their lifesaving work!

Pink fancy dress is actively encouraged, but totally optional. You’ll be riding across 9 or 12 miles of scenic countryside with your friends, colleagues or on your own, to help raise vital funds for our amazing Bio Detection Dogs and Medical Alert Assistance Dogs.

Canter for a Cure

Why sign up?

Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer with 1 in 2 people in the UK born after 1960 being diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime.  We are already making a huge difference to many, but we have the potential to save thousands of lives and utterly transform the future detection of disease by offering a reliable, cost-effective and simple solution to early disease detection.

We need to raise over £5.00 a minute to continue the vitally important work we do and, as well as covering the cost of running Canter for a Cure, your registration fee will help towards this.  However, it is the extra sponsorship money you raise that will enable us to progress with our groundbreaking work. Click here to download the Canter for a Cure Sponsorship Form.

We also have prize(s) for the highest amount of sponsorship raised. Keep an eye on our social media, as we will be announcing prizes in due course.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and don’t forget to tag us! Please use hashtag #CFAC20

What is Canter for a Cure?

It’s a choice of a 9 or 12mile ride across scenic countryside and bridleways ending with a choice of entirely optional cross country jumps (ranging from 1ft to 4ft) plus purpose-built water jumps. You can walk the xc course at  Starting and finishing at the Milton Keynes Eventing Centre, the event opens at 8.00am for registration with the first riders setting off at 8.45am.

Please note, a very short part of the route passes over the M1 motorway.  There are experienced marshals positioned either side of the bridge, however there is no way of avoiding this part of the route so please think carefully about registering if you feel that this will be a problem for your horse.

Who can do it?

Anyone can enter to take part. An adult must sign for any rider under 18 years of age and remains completely responsible for their safety and actions at all times.

Children aged 16-17 may complete the route on their own, provided that an adult signs for the rider at the beginning and end of the course and remains available to contact whilst the ride is underway.

Children aged up to, and including, 15 years of age must be escorted by an adult (aged 18 years or over) on a horse.

How much is it to register and how much sponsorship do I need to raise?

It costs £30 to register and any additional sponsorship money raised will contribute to the work of our Bio Detection, and Medical Alert Assistance Dog teams.

Click here to see how your money helps.

Click here to download the Canter for a Cure Sponsorship Form.

You can also click here to go to the Canter for a Cure JustGiving page where you can set up your own sponsorship page to raise money online.

How do I sign up?


Terms and conditions

Please make sure you read and agree to the Terms and Conditions for Canter for a Cure when you register.

Official Canter for a Cure t-shirts are also available to purchase in our shop when you register.

Canter for a Cure – Milton Keynes Evening Centre – Conditions of Entry

All riders must read these terms and conditions, and will be required to sign to say that this document has been read and understood.

Booking and Refunds

Horse entry numbers are limited so all bookings must be made online in advance, with full payment due at the time of booking.

The booking is non-refundable.

We reserve the right to cancel the event at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or any other reason that is in the best interest of horse, rider and Medical Detection Dogs. In the event of cancellation, payments will be refunded within 14 days of the cancellation.


You have the option to request your preferred start time at the time of booking. The organiser will allocate a start time to each rider and you will be informed of this prior to the event. In the interests of safety, please adhere to this start time allocation. We will only allow exceptions to this in the event of traffic delays or other unforeseen circumstances. No riders will be permitted to start the course after the final closing time.

On arrival all riders must report to Registration to:

  • Sign health and safety disclaimer form
  • Collect rider number & emergency contact tag
  • Hand in sponsorship money
  • Take note of any safety information

If it is necessary to retire during the route please stop and contact our emergency number. The Chief Steward will advise on the safest return route to the parking area. Please do NOT turn around and ride against the flow of the route without requesting assistance.

On completion of the route or retirement, having signed in, all riders must report to Registration to:

  • Sign out of the course
  • Collect rosette (optional)

Failure to sign out will require our event organisers to contact you after the event to ensure you have returned home safely. Persistent failure to sign out may lead to the event organisers refusing to accept future entries from you.

Rider & Horse

Riders must have appropriate and current public liability insurance cover.

All riders must wear a correctly fastened hard hat when mounted. Riders are strongly advised to wear hard hats that comply with current approved standards (including all kitemarked  PAS 015 & VG1). It is advisable for all riders to wear appropriate body protection.

Riders must follow all directional and safety signage. Only marked routes may be followed.

Riders must follow all instructions given to them by the Chief Steward, the registration staff, the paramedic, the vet, or any other Medical Detection Dogs staff.

All riders must have full control of their horse at all times and be appropriately skilled to ride and handle horses safely in a sensible manner. Horses must not be left tied up unattended.

Riders should carry a mobile phone with them, emergency contact numbers are provided on the inside of your rider number and the label provided, which should be attached to your saddle.  All marshals on the course will also have a note of these numbers.

The minimum age for horses and ponies is 4 years.

Walkers not permitted on the course for safety reasons. Dogs are not permitted on the course and we strongly advise that they should not be left unattended in horseboxes/vehicles. There is no shade available in the parking area and we reserve the right to force entry into a vehicle if we believe that an animal is in distress.

Overtaking is permitted, please calmly alert those ahead of you of your intention, and await an affirmative response before proceeding.

Safety of Children

An adult must sign for any rider under 18 years of age and remains completely responsible for their safety and actions at all times.

Children aged 16-17 may complete the route on their own, provided that an adult signs for the rider at the beginning and end of the course, and remains available to contact whilst the ride is underway.

Children aged up to and including 15 years of age must be escorted by an adult (aged 18 years or over) on a horse. If the escorting adult is unable to attend or complete the route, the children must also retire at this point.

Children must adhere to all terms and conditions as stipulated

In addition to our requirement for all riders to wear a hard hat, children under the age of 18 must also wear appropriate body protection at all times during the course.

Cross Country Jumps

A selection of optional jumps on the MKEC cross country course will be made available for riders to jump after completion of the sponsored ride.  Should riders wish to make use of these jumps, the following conditions will apply:

  • A body protector must be worn on the cross country course and should meet BETA 2009 Level 3 standards (purple label)
  • You must be suitably skilled to jump fixed fences and only tackle those within your and your horse’s capability
  • Consideration must be given at all times to other horses and riders
  • Only one horse at a time per fence, horses are NOT to jump abreast of each other
  • No more than TWO attempts are allowed at each jump
  • Riders undertaking these jumps do so at their own risk

Any problems, injuries or damage which you, or your horse/pony suffer, or encounter during your use of the course must be reported to us without delay and before you leave. An emergency telephone number is provided for this purpose.

Emergency Procedure

All riders are required to sign in and out of the event.

A paramedic will be on site to administer first aid treatment as required.

A vet will be on call to attend site incidents if required.  All veterinary costs will be the liability of the rider or owner of the horse.

An emergency contact number will be provided at the time of sign in, and will be noted the labels provided to each rider.  One of these labels can be found on the back of the rider number and the other should be attached to your saddle.

We do not stipulate the use of medical arm bands, however, we would advise bands are worn if a rider has specific medical details that the emergency services need to be aware of in the event of an accident and this may include any contact details.

Conditions of Acceptance

You agree to indemnify Medical Detection Dogs and keep Medical Detection Dogs indemnified against all liabilities, costs, expenses, damages and losses suffered or incurred by Medical Detection Dogs arising from or in connection with any breach of these terms by you.

These rules are in the interest of your own safety.

By signing the disclaimer you are agreeing to abide by these rules.

Subject to these terms, you also accept full liability for the actions and safety of any persons who accompany you.

Participants will pay heed to the wellbeing of landowners, Milton Keynes Eventing Centre and all organisations involved in this ride event.

Data Protection Statement

We would like to keep in touch with you to share Medical Detection Dogs news, volunteering opportunities, fundraising activities and events.

Please tick the boxes when registering to tell us how you would like to receive this information by Post, Email, Telephone or Text Message.

Please be assured that Medical Detection Dogs will look after and use your data with the utmost care, and will never swap or sell it. You can see our fundraising promise and privacy statements, which explain what you can expect from us and how we collect and manage information about you on,

You can change the way we communicate with you at any time by contacting or by calling 01296 655888.

Any Questions?

Please click here to go to the Canter for a Cure Frequently Asked Questions page. Or email

Supported by

Royal Canin
MK Equestrian Centre

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