Director's Blog

Monday, March 30, 2015 • 8:37 am

Spring has very definitely sprung in Burghley Park

There is a saying that March “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”, and while the complete reverse would appear to be the case this year, Spring has nevertheless very definitely sprung in a windswept Burghley Park, with the arrival of the newborn lambs signalling yet another waymark on our Event timeline.

The mood in the office is always buoyant at this stage. It is odd how there always seems to be a universal kind of osmosis around this time as my ‘tribe’ absorbs the need to ramp up the pace, but without the sense of absolute urgency having quite come over them yet! The month of March is one of my personal favourites, the Cheltenham Festival always serves to put me in a particularly good mood…. there is nothing like mixing business with the occasional pleasure, and to be able to combine three fabulous days’ racing with several arranged meetings and impromptu get-togethers is a great way to set yourself up for all that the forthcoming months will bring, as we prepare for the 2015 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

On return to the office I was able to sign off two key sponsor agreements and we are so pleased that Dubarry has agreed to continue its support of the Burghley Young Event Horse Series for a further three years. This competition has always been such a great draw for spectators and riders alike, and perhaps most importantly has proved a steadily reliable identifier of young horses with the necessary talent and presence to compete at top level in our sport.

Few topics are as ‘feel good’ as that of drinking champagne, and we are similarly delighted that we have signed Pol Roger as the ‘Official Champagne’ of Land Rover Burghley 2015. Their enthusiasm for the relationship with us has been infectious, and it is a little humbling to be associated with a house which famously enjoyed the lifelong loyalty of no other than Sir Winston Churchill, who apparently insisted, “in defeat I need it, in victory I deserve it”. No comparison with the great man intended, of course, but I couldn’t think of a more appropriate sentiment as we set to on our own relatively minor ‘campaign’ trail!