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Cross Country Walks


The number of people wishing to host course walks continues to increase - some to earn the promoter a fee, some to promote a sponsor, others on a casual basis. The ground compaction caused by so many pairs of feet causes long-term damage to the sward, reducing the effectiveness of the irrigation, which is essential to provide good going. We are happy for the ‘Leader’ to walk on the cross country track, but request that they instruct their party to remain outside the track.

Burghley has invested heavily in sophisticated irrigation equipment to ensure competitors the best possible going. The cross country track is fenced all year round and receives first class ground management from Philip Herbert - our Clerk of the Course. This policy has been rewarded and riders travel their horses from all over the world to compete at Burghley.

If you wish to organise a course walk, please contact Georgia Papworth ( / 01780 752131), to confirm: date, approximate time, anticipated numbers etc.  As in previous years, if you are charging for your course walk, we request a minimum contribution of 15% of your total takings, which will be donated to The Bill Thomson Bursary. Cheques made payable to Bill Thomson Bursary should be sent no later than 3 October 2014 to:

Burghley Horse Trials Office
Lincs PE9 2LH

Thank you in advance for your co-operation and contribution to this worthwhile charity which facilitates the education of cross country design and course builders.