Bake-off at Burghley
BROOKE, the global charity that aims to improve the life of working horses and donkeys, has teamed up with the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (September 1Ð4) in a quest to find the best carrot cake. The final of the Brooke Burghley Bake Off takes place at the horse trials on Saturday and there will be a spin-off recipe book with contributions from Rick Stein, Alastair Stewart and Joanna Lumley, among other leading supporters.
One of the charityõs trustees is Jane Holderness-roddam, who won Burghley in 1976 and an Olympic eventing gold medal in 1968. She says: Ôhorses have been a part of my life since childhood and their welfare is really important to me. Working horses, donkeys and mules around the world often arenõt as lucky as the horses taking part in Burghley. They need our help.õ
After the British eventing team returned medal-less from Rio, supporters will be hoping for a British winñthe first since William Foxpitt in 2011Ñat one of this countryõs premier sporting events. Leading contenders include Zara Tindall, Oliver Townend, Izzy Taylor, Kristina Cook and Pippa Funnell, but they will face fierce competition from New Zealandõs multiple Burghley winners Sir Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson plus Australians Christopher Burton and Paul Tapner and Germanyõs Bettina Hoy.
Admission starts at £18 plus £12 car parking (01933 304744; www.burghley-horse.co.uk).