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

2017 SEIB Insurance Brokers Burghley Sponsored Ride report

Riders and Result
Sponsor money prize-winners
Improvements planned for future rides
New email address

2017 Ride report  Another record year for entries with over 500 riders and interested horses entered to enjoy the one off chance to ride on a 4* cross country eventing track, ride close up to over 12 massive fences, paddle through the world famous Trout Hatchery, disappear from view down in the famous Cottesmore leap ditch and then line up in a special and iconic place to be photographed with the Burghley house and lake in the background. What a day it was, blessed with good weather and great going under foot. We were thrilled to just beat last year total funds raised of by another £650 giving us £22,800 to distribute to our chosen equine charities and local charities via Stamford XT who provided the parking, marshalling and infrastructure support. The equine charities are World Horse Welfare, British Horse Society, Animal Health Trust, Clare Lomas Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation and The Horse Trust. With the 16th running of this event our cumulative ride proceeds now exceed £240,000! Some of you were caught up with a delay and have asked about the injured rider who was kicked by a horse from their riding group and had to be attended to on a narrow section of track which was blocked for a while. She was fine after a hospital check up for a leg fracture which was fortunately all clear and is determined to come back another year!

Sponsor money prize-winners  We always urge all riders to try and find sponsorship many less managed this despite more riders attending but we had some great efforts and these people are rewarded with SEIB rugs and a numnah, Burghley branded numnahs, gilets, towels and hat and suit carriers. A massive thank you and congratulations to top fund raisers: Jane Taylor, Kim Philpott, Holly Russell, Helen White, Ruth Minter, Jane Phillips, Kim Francis and Jenny Hawkes. Prizes on their way in next week or two.

Improvements planned for future rides  We have listened to your feedback and where possible will make improvements. Subject to the agreement of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and the Burghley Estate we will reserve an area away from other riders for cantering to avoid any slower or more novice riders getting upset and enable an uninterrupted canter space. We also have to find a better solution for a section of the course where traffic and riders can be better separated.

New email address  To reply to this ride report or get in contact we have a new email address. This report will also go on our website Burghley Website Please register your interest with us over the Autumn and winter months on our new email

Ian Scott, organiser SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride


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