The Horse Trust has been chosen as the official charity of the London International Horse Show at Olympia (13-19 December).

The Buckinghamshire-based charity, which celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, will receive 50p from every ticket sold for the afternoon performance on Thursday 15 December. Highlights include the Christmas Pudding Speed Stakes and the Christmas finale.

The charity will also be running the shopping drop-off point — where visitors can leave their purchases for a donation.

Jeanette Allen, chief executive of The Horse Trust, said: “We are thrilled to have been selected by Olympia as their official charity this year — it’s the best present we could have wished for to celebrate out 125th anniversary.

“We hope to raise much-needed funds which will be put towards the work we do with retired working horses, ponies and donkeys and equines that have been rescued, neglected or abandoned.”

The Horse Trust is the oldest horse charity in the world and it cares for over 90 horses, ponies and donkeys at the Home of Rest for Horses in Speen.

For more information or to volunteer to help The Horse Trust at Olympia, tel: 01494 488464 or visit: www.horsetrust.org.uk.

To book tickets, which start at £30.00, visit: www.olympiahorseshow.com.