Equestrian Life – December 2015

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December 2015

The opening meet held at Brocklesby on Saturday 7th November signalled the start of the Brocklesby Hunt season. 103 riders and a large crowd gathered despite the showery weather. Huntsman Gareth Bow, now in his fourth season as Brocklesby huntsman, led the hounds into the Mausoleum Woods shortly after 11am. The main field of riders was led by Lord Yarborough who was joined by his eldest son Lord Worsley. The hounds followed the scent of trails laid across the Brocklesby estate during the morning with riders enjoying tackling a range of obstacles including hedges and fences.

Eight-year-old rider Robyn Byrne from Scunthorpe has been chosen from over 200 applicants to be among ten Junior Riders to be sponsored by Harry Hall clothing.

Robyn, pictured, has a grey pony called Sophie, who was “the best birthday present ever”. Her eagerness to understand exactly how Sophie thinks and feels is what made her application stand out, along with her general zest for life, love of cakes and passion for all things pink!

Harry Hall will now supply Robyn with £600’s worth of clothing (they have plenty in pink!) and equipment over the coming year to help her achieve her equestrian ambitions.

In return, Robyn will write blogs for Harry Hall, share news of Harry Hall events with friends, and report back about how her clothing is performing.

“Harry Hall has been a favourite brand with young riders for decades – a tradition we are proudly continuing with some fantastic new ranges,” says Harry Hall sales and marketing director Rachel Bowles. “So we are delighted to support this team of dedicated young riders, not all of whom own their own pony, as they strive to fulfil their goals.”

Robyn says: “I am so excited and proud to be chosen as a sponsored rider. We get to wear some lovely Harry Hall clothes but best of all pink! Sophie and I are going to look like princesses.”

Find out how Robyn gets on this year as a Harry Hall Junior Rider, by following Harry Hall’s Facebook page, or visiting www.harryhall.co.uk

The SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride took place over a 12km course in Burghley Park. Participants ranged from five-year-old children to former rescue horses, to ex-racehorses and riding instructors.

Raising as much money as possible for the SEIB Burghley Sponsored Ride beneficiary charities was a big goal for many of the participants. Pauline Cushing from Moulton near Newmarket raised the fantastic total of £675 in sponsorship, riding her horse Beau Magic.

Pauline said: “I worked for International Racehorse Transport in Newmarket for twenty-six years. They were exceptionally generous and donated £200. People have been so unbelievably generous, and the yard where I keep Beau Magic, Brookside Livery in Little Bradley, have been exceptional in their support. Horses have given me huge amounts of pleasure and now I really want to give something back as a reward to my four-legged friends.”

Several other riders also raised well over £100 each in sponsorship.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for riders of all levels to ride round Burghley and raise money for good causes at the same time,” said SEIB marketing manager, Nicolina Mackenzie. SEIB offers competitively priced insurance cover for a multitude of equestrian possessions and pursuits and the company has a long held ethos of putting something back into equestrian sport.

For further details visit www.icommentate.co.uk/burghley or email burghleysponsoredride@btconnect.com. Find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/SEIB-Burghley-Sponsored-Ride/493212244121385.

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