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Escorted Trips


At Flying Saddles we specialise in escorted group travel to the very special equestrian destinations around the world. And we think our leaders our pretty special too!
That makes a pretty good combination, and makes for an experience you will never forget….

Each year we design unique trips that incorporate visits to the top equestrian events. These trips will be hosted by tour leaders who will experienced and qualified for the discipline, to always ensure our guests are provided with informative discussion and leadership- and of course access to some of the exclusive 'not for public' areas available to us on our tours

We are excited to advise that Olympic legend Barry Roycroft will host the Badminton tour of the UK in 2015. 



Our Leaders


Barry Roycroft is the son of Bill Roycroft, one of Australia's greatest Olympians.

Bill competed in four Olympics.

Barry competed in 3 Olympics ( 1964, 1976 & 1988 ), twice as a showjumper, and once in the 3DE team. He received a Team Bronze medal at the World Games in 1986 and was also leading Australian Rider at the 1986 World Games. Since retiring from International competition he has concentrated on coaching – most recently coaching the Gold medal winning Japanese team at the Asian Games in 2006.

A highly respected equestrian coach, Barry and his wife Lynne still officiate at national equestrian events.


Board or Committee positions:  Chair Eventing Victoria, Member National Evening Comm, National Eventing Selector, National High Performance Coach, Board member of Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre, Coaching consultant JEF (Japan) and FEI International Judge & TD Eventing.




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The Badminton Tour 2015


A Flying Saddles escorted tour hosted by Olympic legend Barry Roycroft.


Join Barry for this comprehensive tour in May 2015.

The itinerary is based on entry to The Badminton, Royal Windsor Horse Show, and Chatsworth Horse Trials with premium seating, and membership at each event included. You will be personally welcomed by Mr Hugh Thomas, the Tournament Supremo at The Badminton, and Barry will guide you through an exclusive "behind the scenes" tour of The Badminton set up.

But your itinerary covers so much more- with the chance to visit the amazing Kington Stud and then Willesley Vets as well as a visit to The Royal Mews to conclude the trip.

Your accommodation will all be "top notch" and transport will be arranged to suit the group, giving flexibility and prompt service.

You will also get the opportunity to take in some of the delightful sightseeing highlights in each area including:

Stonehenge, Stourhead, The Roman Baths, and the city of Bath, Windsor Castle, The Cotswolds, Blenheim Palace, Haddon Hall & Woburn Abbey- and more...

And with Barry you have a most knowledgeable and experienced host!


The Itinerary


Monday 4 May 2015     - arrive Bath, afternoon tour of Roman Baths

                                      - Welcome dinner at Jamie Oliver's restaurant

                                      - Accommodation at Queensberry Hotel, Bath for 7 nights

Tuesday 5 May              - Cotswolds tour incorporating West Kington Stud, lunch and Willesley Vets

Wednesday 6 May         - Badminton Horse Trials ( BHT ) with personal welcome from Tournament director Hugh Thomas

Thursday 7 May             - BHT Dressage, members pavilion- exclusive "behind the scenes" tour

Friday 8 May                  - BHT Dressage, members pavilion

Saturday 9 May             - BHT Cross Country, members pavilion

Sunday 10 May             - BHT Jumping, Grandstand tickets, members pavilion

Monday 11 May             - drive to Oxford via Stourhead (lunch), and Stonehenge- accommodation in Oxford

Tuesday 12 May            - tour Blenheim Palace, drive to Windsor- accommodation at Sir Christopher Wren Hotel (3 nts)

Wednesday 13 May      - Royal Windsor Horse Show, membership package

Thursday 14 May          - RWHS, membership package

Friday 15 May               - drive to Chatsworth via Stratford Upon Avon and Haddon Hall for lunch

Saturday 16 May           - Chatsworth International Horse Trials ( CHIT ), VIP tickets

Sunday 17 May             - CHIT, VIP tickets

Monday 18 May             - drive to London stopping at Woburn Abbey for lunch

Tuesday 19 May            - Tour of Royal Mews, Farewell dinner in central dinner

                                       Tour Ends


 Tour  Package Pricing

Package includes:

15 nights accommodation including breakfast ( Doubletree Hilton, Sir Christopher Wren Hotel, Rutland Arms Hotel, Malmaison Hotel, Queensberry Hotel)

Tickets to Badminton Horse Trials ( including welcome by event director, exclusive 'behind the scenes tour', and access to Members Pavilion), Royal Windsor Horse Show ( with membership package),  and Chatsworth International Horse Trials ( with VIP membership ).

Entrance to: The Roman Baths, Stourhead, Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, Windsor Palace, Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Woburn Abbey, and The Royal Mews

All road transport by luxury coach as determined by the size of the group

Tour of West Kington Stud, and time allowing also the Willesley Vets.

Welcome dinner in Bath , and closing dinner in London

Tour vest or shirt

Hosted by Barry Roycroft

Package excludes:

All flights

All personal expenses and meals except where specified in the itinerary

All tips and gratuitues

Alcohol and refreshments


Twin share- 4923 GBP ( $9290 AUD as at 20/10/14 )

All pricing is subject to availability and currency fluctuations


 For a more detailed itinerary with terms and conditions please refer to:

All enquiries to:

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