Dreams can come true because the UK’s most exclusive sponsored ride is back, giving the opportunity to ride round Burghley and raise money for charity at the same time.
The Burghley Sponsored Ride, supported by EQUEST®, EQUEST PRAMOX®, 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.
Although even the bravest of sponsored riders still 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.
She said: “We thoroughly enjoyed the ride in 2011 as a family and the boys came away more enthused than ever about riding, eventing and Burghley.”
Her youngest son, Harry, who was five when they 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 100 per cent 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 urged to seek as many sponsors as possible beyond the minimum entry fee in order raise as much money as possible for these very worthy 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.