If you’ve ever wanted to paddle in the Trout Hatchery and get up close and personal with the daunting cross-country obstacles of Burghley Horse Trials, now’s the chance.

Organisers says there is still time to enter this year’s SEIB Burghley sponsored ride, which offers the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful hack across one of the country’s most beautiful and historic estates, where so many equestrian dramas have unfolded over the years.

The added bonus is that you will be raising much-needed funds for a range of charities. This year’s beneficiaries are World Horse Welfare, the British Horse Society, the Horse Trust, Ride for Research, the Animal Health Trust and the Claire Lomas Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.

Held on the final day of the historic three-day event at Burghley Estate, Stamford, Lincs – which runs from August 31 to September 3 – the 12km leisure ride runs alongside the imposing fences on tracks and paths that are usually out of bounds to the general public.

“Cumulative proceeds are around £220,000 to date,” said ride organiser, Ian Scott, who has been organising the ride since its inception and this will be the 15th running.

He is grateful for SEIB’s contribution that covers the full running costs, which mean that the entry fees and all money raised go to charity. “It is very much the leisure riders who come — it’s not event riders or professionals but very much people coming from yards, Pony Club branches and societies – all friends riding together,” he added.

“We send people out very carefully so if they’re nervous or concerned that their horse might get a bit too excited, they have a half-hour slot in which they ride out and they can pick their time to go,” he explained.

Those completing the ride will receive a special SEIB rosette and goodie bag and there will be SEIB and Burghley Horse trials branded merchandise to the top eight riders for the most money raised.

You can enter up to August 25 – visit www.burghleysponsoredride.co.uk to download an entry form or e-mail burghleysponsoredride@btconnect.com for more details.