The SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride took place in blazing sunshine on the final day of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials – Sunday 2nd September 2018. Well over 300 riders set out on the 10km course and their efforts at raising sponsorship money resulted in cumulative proceeds from the 17 rides now totalling over £250,000 for equine and local charities. This year’s ride added £23,000 to pass this landmark sum.
SEIB Insurance Brokers are in their 4th year of generously sponsoring the SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride. SEIB’s contribution combined with the support of Stamford XT, Burghley Horse Trials and Burghley Estate ensures that all set up costs of the ride are covered and so 100% of the money raised goes directly to charity. SEIB also provided each completing horse and rider with a medal and goody bag.
First riders out on the course, Helen Banks riding Connor, Alex Muir riding Norris and Sally Wiles riding Benson were delighted to be riding on the famous Burghley turf. Helen said: “This is the only chance we have of riding on the Burghley course!” This trio have taken part in plenty of sponsored rides but this was their first time at Burghley.
Riders particularly enjoyed the new flyover bridge, riding both under and over this great Burghley innovation. The creation of a separate cantering area was very popular and ensured that everyone could go at their own pace without interfering with anyone else.
The Burghley Sponsored Ride proved a wonderful day out for 13-year-old Jemma Marlow. Helen, Jemma’s mother said: “Jemma has had a tough time, she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (bone cancer) when she was 11 and had to undergo 9 months of chemotherapy. It was great for Jemma and hr pony, Sox, to get to Burghley, it is Jemma’s first major outing since her illness. Jemma has now recovered but she has a metal prosthetic bone in her left leg as a result of this illness. She now chooses to ride in a suede bareback pad with no stirrups as she finds a saddle and stirrups painful to ride in.”
The course also gave riders the chance to paddle through the Burghley Trout Hatchery and disappear from view down in the famous Cottesmore leap ditch. Abby Brotherton who rode her twenty-two-year-old Norwegian Fjord horse, Pumba was delighted to find the Burghley ground absolutely perfect for the ride, she said: “It was great to get out on the course and see the sights. The ground was excellent.” Each rider had their photograph taken riding in front of Burghley House.
For the first time this year, non-riding but sporty family and friends were catered for with the 3.6km SEIB Horseless Burghley Fun Run which took place after the Sponsored Ride had finished. Everyone had a great time in the run which was capably started by some members of the Gurkha Welfare Trust. The run was well supported with 50 runners and will become a firm fixture in the future.
Charities benefiting from this years 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
Ride organiser, Ian Scott, 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 Insurance Brokers 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. The SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride is scheduled for 8th September 2019. Visit www.burghleysponsoredride.co.uk to make sure you join in the fun and don’t miss out!