First of all it is important that you are as honest as possible about your level of ability.
In order to fully enjoy the magic of this overnight ride you will need to be either a strong intermediate or an experienced rider with a high level of riding fitness.
Strong intermediate who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable and competent in all three gaits outside of an Arena; able to post or sit to the trot; have an independent seat while cantering (don’t hold onto the saddle).
Advanced a frequent rider who is very fit, comfortable in the saddle for at least 4 hours per day, and has an independent seat and soft hands. Advanced riders are confident on a forward-moving horse at all paces over rough and variable ground on open terrain.
This ride has a number of steep hills and narrow tracks that require a confident rider.
If you used to ride regularly but have not for a few years we strongly recommend building up some saddle hours before the ride. Your bum will thank you later!