More than £33,000 has been raised by an auction to support The British Horse Society’s (BHS) Drawing the Line campaign to halt the indiscriminate breeding of horses.

The star of the show was a walk-on role in TV series Doc Martin, which went for nearly £3,000.

Other notable lots included Katy Sodeau’s “Mare & Foals” painting which sold for £1,200 and Debbie Gillingham’s picture “Tack a Jack”, which achieved more than twice its estimate at £550 and a framed set of Godolphin racing silks signed by Frankie Dettori at £400, also double the expected sale price.

The auction at Cheffins of Cambridge on Wednesday (13 October) attracted more than 80 bidders who were addressed by Jenny Pitman at the opening

Lee Hackett, BHS senior welfare executive said: “The support we have received for this campaign and the huge sum it has so far raised, just goes to show how important people feel the cause to be.

“Whatever we can do to reduce irresponsible and indiscriminate breeding will benefit the whole UK equine population, and the extraordinary generosity of our many donors and supporters will allow us to begin to make this real difference. We would like to thank everyone who helped to make the auction night a great success.”