Robert Lemieux first competed at Burghley in 1983

Plus… an unusual auction at next month’s event. 

LeMieux has formed a partnership with Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials to become a supporting sponsor for the next three years.

Robert Lemieux, founder of the equestrian brand with his wife Lisa, was a regular competitor at Burghley during the 1980s. 

Next month’s running of the event on 1 – 4 September will be its first for three years.  Burghley was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. 

“As one of the most challenging and prestigious five-star events in the world, it’s a pleasure and privilege to be a part of the action on its much-awaited return this year,” said Robert. 

LeMieux is sponsoring the cross-country combination fence in Burghley’s main arena, and the Pony Club team show jumping competition.

With two stands in the event’s Horse Village, LeMieux will also be represented by stockists including Treehouse Sporting Colours, Townfields Saddlers, Ayr Equestrian and Nags Essentials.

An unusual auction

Stables manufacturer Scotts of Thrapston is to auction off its entire Burghley show unit at the end of the event. 

With a retail value of £60,000, the stable block includes a loose box, tack room, log store and multi-functional room with glazed double French doors.

Sealed bids of a minimum £25,000 will be invited during Burghley and afterwards until 30th September. 

Looking after owners

Bates Saddles is to sponsor a new Athletes and Owners’ Lounge at the event. 

Riders and owners of competing horses will be able to relax in the upgraded area near the stables. 

“Athlete-focused food and drink” will be on offer in a “comfortable, private area away from the intensity and excitement of the main hub of the event,” said Burghley’s director Martyn Johnson. 

“Owners play an essential role within the sport and to be able to enhance their ‘on event’ experience through the introduction of a new Athletes and Owners’ Lounge is a really important measure that we’re able to introduce thanks to the support of Bates Saddles.”