SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride

Read on to find out more about coming on the ride, what goes on and how to register interest for 2019!

The 2019 ride will take place on Sunday 8th September

Riders are able to enjoy riding on a large section of the world’s toughest eventing cross country course and inspect the huge fences from horseback. The ever changing fences and course layout ensure every visit is truly different as the organisers ensure competitors face fresh challenges year on year. The famous feature fences such as Trout Hatchery, Cottesmore leap and the Rolex are real favourites for pictures and boring friends with tales of your Burghley adventure! Our wonderful sponsors will be back for a 5th year, SEIB Insurance Brokers who help cover our costs and provide completion momentos and prizes for highest sponsorship amounts raised. An extra bonus will be the SEIB Horseless Burghley Fun Run on foot for everyone to enjoy, please see the link at the top of this page for details. In 2018 we were able to make some improvements for riders with better segregation where riders want to go quicker  and easier crossing of Capability’s Cutting. A full report is on the link at the top of this home page

 If you would like to join in the fun then please register using the link below. We will then get in touch when we open for entries with full details for 2019. If you have any further queries please use the email link at the bottom left of this page. Cumulative proceeds for charities is now over £260,000. Numbers taking part have varied from 300 – 500 each year and is suitable for horses of all ages, sizes and abilities to come and take part, provided they are fit and well. The ride allows walking trotting and some designated cantering areas there is no jumping.

Watch the video from 2018 with an interview with the organiser and some riders having fun on the course

To register interest for next year's ride please email us your details and we will get in touch with you at that time

The Icelandic pony society gathered several members together to enjoy the 2016 ride (Julia Shearwood Photography)

About the ride

Riders gather and park in a specially allocated area of Burghley Park and are marshaled on the ride circuit in groups for the 10 – 12Km ride. Riders are allocated a group time between 09.30am and 13.00. The tracks take riders onto the cross country course which, just the day before, hosted some of the best eventers in the world competing in an international four star eventing competition. Riders can walk or trot around the fences and enjoy the experience of seeing the massive fences first hand from the back of their own horses! The ride then continues, clearly marked and marshaled, onto tracks not normally open to riders. The ride usually takes about 1.5 hours there is no jumping, walk and trot only on the track plus a canter in the park. This is a popular event with a maximum number of entries meaning for the past 3 years we have had to close early. We take care where possible not to crowd horses and riders by using staged setting off times whilst able to cater for large groups riding out together. Those wishing to take part in ‘their Burghley’ may enter on-line. The organisers will then send out a sponsor form and an acceptance letter and joining instructions a week or two beforehand. Anybody wishing to make the best of their visit can then pay the pedestrian entrance gate fee on the day to browse the legendary 500+ trade stands and enjoy the final show jumping phase (additional ticket required via Burghley website) of the international event.

About the money

100% of the funds raised including 100% of your entry fee go to equestrian and local Stamford charities, and event costs are paid for with the generous sponsorship of SEIB Insurance Brokers. Cumulative proceeds to charity over £260,000. Charities supported by the SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride 2018:

Sponsor form

If you are able to start raising sponsor money straight away please download the official form here.

Postal Entries

If you would prefer to enter by post, please print out the postal entry form to send into us here.


This is a great event for groups, riding clubs, livery yards or individuals. Open to all ages over 5 and the ride is suitable for all riding abilities. A photographer will be present on site to take your photo, refreshments and toilets are all on site plus paramedic and veterinary assistance. No farrier service is available. For more information on Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, go to


The SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride is working with the #Hack1000 project and Your Horse magazine and welcomes entries from riders supporting the initiative.

2016 riders enjoying an (optional) splash at fence 20 'The Trout Hatchery'

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