Two young brothers will take part in a sponsored horse ride on the final day of the world famous Burghley Horse Trials.
Oliver Lee, nine, and his younger brother Harry, from Grimsthorpe, are both set to take part in The 2014 SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride on Sunday, September 7.
Oliver and Harry, sons of Roger Lee of Tower Equine vets, live just down the road from Burghley House, where the trials are held, and are always keen to attend the UK’s most exclusive sponsored ride, which this year, takes place on the final day of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, which gets underway on Thursday.
Both Oli and Harry are members of the Burghley Pony Club, and regularly compete in pony club events.
Last year at the Burghley Sponsored Ride Oli rode his horse Joshua which, at the time he had had for six months.
And Harry did the ride on his horse Charlie which he had only had for six weeks. This year Harry will be riding Josh as Oli will be riding his new grey pony Janice.
Both boys said it was “a good experience to know that you’re riding over some of the course that the famous eventers have galloped over the day before.”
The boys hope to raise as much money as possible for the equestrian and local Stamford charities.
They said the highlight of last year’s event was “cantering through the trout hatchery which made us feel like William Fox Pitt”.
The event is open to riders aged five and above. The minimum donation is £30 per rider and every rider is encouraged to seek as many sponsors as possible beyond the minimum entry fee in order raise a substantial amount for charity.
Owing to the generosity of the event’s sponsors, SEIB (South Essex Insurance Brokers), Stamford XT, Burghley Horse Trials and Burghley Estate, 100 per cent of the money raised will go to equestrian and local Stamford charities.
For details on the trials visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk.