The British Equestrian Trade Association’s annual trade fair — BETA International — will be supporting World Horse Welfare for the next 2 years.

World Horse Welfare showcased its extensive work at this year’s fair with the help of some of its rescued horses and former Emmerdale star Claire King — who is a patron for the charity.

“We are very pleased to be working with this world-renowned trade fair once again. The event provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of our objectives and to seek new partners to support our work helping horses,” said director of fundraising John Blake.

“I am sure that the visitors and exhibitors, as members of the equestrian industry, will be fascinated with this unique perspective of another side of the horse world and learn how they can help.”

Claire Thomas from BETA added: “World Horse Welfare has a global reputation for its work with horses – from its campaign to prevent long-distance transportation of horses across Europe for slaughter, to its tireless work rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing Britain’s horses.

“We are really looking forward to supporting the charity once again by helping to raise awareness over the trade fair’s three days.”

The 2014 trade fair will take place at the NEC in Birmingham (16 – 18 February).

For further information visit www.beta-int.com