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Lake District Farmer creates giant horse and rider in honour of Olympics

The horse and rider are leaping a real dry stone wall. Photo: Graham Wadsworth

Graham Wadsworth has created the image of a giant horse rider leaping over a jump in honour of Great Britain’s equestrian team which are tipped to win Gold.

The special design at Raines Hall Farm, Sedgwick, near Kendal, was plotted using GPS. It took a day-and-a-half to do with Mr Wadsworth walking the 3.5 miles of its design and carving it with a lawnmower and a hand-strimmer.

The horse and rider are leaping a real dry stone wall. The horse measures a massive 200 metres x 100 metres, and the rider 80 metres by 60 metres.

Every summer the farm becomes “the Lakeland Maize Maze,”; welcoming over 20,000 visitors and from this Saturday, families will be able to walk around the giant horse design as a “Maize Maze,” using quiz boards, clues and bridges to find their way to its centre.

With it being Olympic year and Great Britain standing a good chance for gold in Equestrian events, we thought we’d pay our own special tribute. We’re a long way from the Olympics here but we’ll be rooting for team GB like the rest of the country.

– GRAHAM WADSWORTH, FARMER

Last year, the farm won Best Maize Maze tourist attraction in the UK title awarded by the official Maize Maze Association.

The maize will stay until October when it has reached such a height that it has to be harvested and made into silage for a local dairy farmer.