SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride 2017

The 2017 SEIB Burghley sponsored ride will be the 16th time the ride has been held. The 2017 ride will be on Sunday 3rd September, the final day of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and cumulative proceeds for charities is now over £220,000. 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.

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 14.00. 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 and a chance for a canter on the open parkland off the track. This is a popular event but 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 from Monday 20th March 2017. The organisers will then send out a sponsor form and an acceptance letter and updates by email followed by joining instructions plus a vehicle pass, if required, two weeks 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.

Equine charities that will receive money from the 2017 ride are:

Sponsor form

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

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

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