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

2018 SEIB Insurance Brokers Burghley Sponsored Ride report

SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride exceeds £250,000

Following another successful 2018 sponsored ride the cumulative proceeds from the 17 rides now surpasses  £250,000 distributed to equine and local charities. The 2018 ride has built on the increasing popularity of this event adding another £23,000 to last year’s cumulative total of £240,000

The ride attracted 400 entries and despite falling amounts of sponsor money from individual riders, careful cost control and the support of SEIB for the 4th year running enabled a similar amount to be distributed as last year

Feedback has been wonderful, helped by a beautiful day of warm sunny weather. Our riders particularly enjoyed the new flyover riding both under and over this new Burghley innovation. The creation of a separate cantering area was very popular. Everyone seemed to make the most of this one off chance to ride on a 4* cross country eventing track 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. The SEIB completion medals and goody bags were very popular.

The new SEIB Horseless Burghley Fun Run, over 3.6Km on the famous springing turf and undulating cross country track, was well supported with 50 runners and will become a firm fixture in the future.

Charities benefitting from this yeas event are World Horse Welfare, BHS, Brandsby Horses, Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance and the 2018 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials charity, The Gurkha Welfare Trust

Ian Scott, the volunteer organizer was delighted with reaching the £250,000 target ‘This amount could not have been achieved without the considerable help of the support team from my wife, who deals with all the entries and queries, to volunteers from Stamford XT for the marshals and smooth running on the day, Tower Equine vets providing cover, SEIB for their unstinting support to cover our costs and the permission of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. When I ran the first ride back in the late 90’s I never dreamed we could achieve such amounts and this success is one all the team is proud of’

Riders are already registering interest for next year. Once we have reviewed the event and secured permission from Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials we will confirm the event which is scheduled for 8th September 2019. Interested in coming? Register via the website to make sure you join in the fun and don’t miss out!


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