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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Hyde Park to host Horseman's Sunday

17th August 2011

Visitors to luxury London hotels this September will get a chance to see a unique procession of over 100 horse men and women riding through Hyde Park. 

Led by the vicar of St John's Church, the cavalcade of horses and riders gather in the forecourt for a blessing before a ride-past and presentation of rosettes.

The Lord Mayor of Westminster usually attends, alongside local MPs and community leaders.

Dating back to 1968, the annual celebration has become an institution that attracts the attentions of local residents, tourists and horse lovers.

Reverend Stephen Mason commented: "This occasion is one of the most colourful events in the Hyde Park calendar. After all, how often do you get to see a cloaked member of the clergy on horseback these days?"

This year's event is set to take place on September 18th from 10:00 GMT to 13:00 GMT.

Hyde Park will be hosting a number of equestrian events at the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games, with a recent test event being hailed as a success.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games' Debbie Jevans said: "A lot of hard work has gone into delivering this successful test event in such a wonderful park.

"We will now conduct thorough debriefs so that we can fine tune our plans to ensure we deliver a fantastic event in 2012."

Additionally, the park's iconic Serpentine Lake hosted a test marathon swimming competition, where visitors were able to watch some of the world's best athletes push themselves through six laps of 1.67km.

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