As part of Horse & Hound's 130th birthday celebrations, we will be supporting and promoting good causes via regular online round-ups of events being run by the equestrian community
Dodson & Horrell provides food for horses on war horse ride
Feed manufacturers Dodson & Horrell provided all the food for the 26 horses on the War Horse Ride.
The five-day, 100-mile ride was a tribute from the successor soldiers to the cavalrymen who took part in the Retreat from Mons 100 years ago.
The 26 riders set out from Maroilles, south of Mons, on 27 August wearing 1914 field service dress.
Dodson & Horrell is providing all the haylage and hard feed for the horses.
“We are honoured to provide feed for the 26 horses taking part on their journey past some of the most significant fields of battle on which the British Cavalry fought 100 years ago,” said Sam Horrell, the feed company’s marketing director.
The ride is raising money for the Not Forgotten Association, a charity supporting wounded or sick members of the forces and ex-servicemen with disabilities.
For more information visit: www.dodsonandhorrell.com
Horse Trust opens exhibition
A new “Horses and the War” exhibition is on permanent display at The Horse Trust’s home in Speen, Buckinghamshire.
The exhibition details the role of horses through the war from the outbreak to the armistice.
It explains the British army’s need to collect over 100,000 horses in 12 days in 1914 and shows what happened to the 800,000 horses in army ownership after the ceasefire.
“As the oldest horse charity in the world we have a unique knowledge and insight into the impact the events 1914-1918 had on Britain’s horse population,” said the Horse Trust’s Jeanette Allen.
The exhibition is part of the Trust’s museum of the history of Britain’s working horses.
For more information visit The Horse Trust website.
Opera Singer rides through Wales to raise funds for cancer
Welsh opera singer Shan Cothi led a fund-raising through the Carmarthen countryside on 17 August.
There were 93 riders on the fun ride helping raise funds for the charity amserjustintime, which raises money for pancreatic cancer.
Shan Cothi set up the charity after her husband Justin Smith died of the disease aged 42.
They have already raised over £150,000.
For more information visit: www.amserjustintime.org
Royal Windsor supports Coppafeel
Jockeys and trainers raced aboard pink space hoppers at Royal Windsor on 23 August to raise funds for CoppaFeel!, the breast cancer charity.
The Queen of the bounce in the inaugural running of the CoppaFeel! Boobhooper stakes was Susie Wolfe, one of the charity’s volunteers.
She was well ahead of jockeys Keiran O’Neill and Charlotte Jenner, Attheraces presenter Matt Chapman and trainer John Best.
The charity was founded by Kris Hallenga in 2009 who was 23 when diagnosed with breast cancer.
To donate visit: coppafeel.org
Signed champagne bottle to be auctioned
Former eventer Claire Lomas — who walked the London Marathon in a special robotic suit — is further fundraising for the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation.
A methuselah of champagne has been donated by Pol Roger, and signed by all the Badminton Horse Trial 2014 competitors, is being auctioned on 11 September at Bonhams in London. All the money will go to NSIF, and help the research progress.
“With school talks, my book, bucking fun at Newbury in February and a few other fundraising things I am at £47,000 for this year and I hope this figure keeps going up,” said Claire. “I do not think it will be too long before there will be a cure for paralysis.”