The famous Burghley Horse Trials grounds are once again being opened to the public for a sponsored ride.
The ride, which enables participants to raise money for charity,will take place on Sunday, September 8, over a special 12km track on the world-famous Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials course and across the breathtaking landscape of the surrounding parkland.
The Burghley Sponsored Ride has become a legend among leisure riders. It presents a one-off chance to follow in the hoof prints of Olympic three-day-event heroes and heroines such as William-Fox-Pitt and Mary King. While even the bravest of sponsored riders won’t be allowed to jump any fences, everyone will be able to get up close to some of Burghley’s famous cross country landmarks such as the Dairy Mound and Trout Hatchery to see how huge they really look from the back of a horse. They will also be able to explore tracks and grasslands of the beautiful Burghley estate.
Alex Mundy is one of more than 300 people who enjoyed the ride in 2011. She can’t wait to saddle up for it again this year. “We thoroughly enjoyed the ride in 2011 as a family and the boys came away more enthused than ever about riding, eventing and Burghley. My youngest son, Harry, who was five when we first did the ride in 2011 said: ‘I loved riding down the Avenue of Champions and seeing the big jumps that William Fox-Pitt had jumped and wishing I could jump smaller versions of them with my pony Lance. I’m looking forward going a bit faster on my new pony Harvest this year’.”
The ride is open to anyone aged five years and upwards, for a minimum donation of £30 per rider. Thanks to the generosity of Burghley Sponsored Ride’s sponsors Equest, 100% of the money raised will be donated to equine and local charities, including World Horse Welfare and the British Horse Society and Mark Davies Injured Riders fund. Every rider is urged to seek as many sponsors as possible beyond the minimum entry fee, in order raise as much money as possible for the charities.
Everyone completing the course will receive a special rosette and sponsors’ goody bag, and there also is also a chance to win some fabulous Burghley-branded gear for being one of the top three fund raisers. There will be an on-site photographer and refreshments available. Participants will also have access to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials at pedestrian rates, where they can enjoy the fabulous shopping and the show jumping phase of the event (grandstand tickets must be purchased separately).
Local volunteers from Stamford ex-Tablers will be providing marshalling to get everyone safely round the ride. Stabling and accommodation are available for participants making the journey from further afield.