Show off your 'round-the-world' technique on social media to raise much needed funds for SPANA, Horse & Hound's charity of the year, and you might find your video featured on HorseandHound.co.uk too...

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When did you last try going ’round the world’? If it was during your Pony Club days, then now is the time to get practising so you can impress your friends and take part in the #roundtheworld challenge.

Horse & Hound is launching this new campaign to raise funds of our charity of the year, the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA).

The idea is simple… Get a friend to video you doing as many “round the worlds” as you can in 30sec. Post the video on social media, tag it #roundtheworld so that everyone can admire your talent, and nominate three friends to try it too. Then, most importantly, text WORLD to 70300 to donate £3 to SPANA. Every penny of your £3 donation will go to SPANA to help working equines around the world.

H&H’s head of sports, Pippa Roome, has kicked off the campaign with help from her retired eventer Peanut (see video top). She managed three and half rotations in 30sec, so who can beat that? Saddles are optional, but we do recommend you get someone to hold your horse to reduce the likelihood of any involuntary dismounts.

The H&H team hopes #roundtheworld will become the next viral sensation and raise much needed funds for SPANA’s vital work improving the lives of working horses and donkeys living in some of the poorest countries in the world. So why not join in?

About SPANA’s work

SPANA runs long-term veterinary and education programmes in Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Mali, Mauritania, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, providing free treatment for sick and injured working animals.

The charity was chosen to be Horse & Hound’s first official charity of the year in April 2014. During the past year, Horse & Hound staff have seen first-hand the important work this charity undertakes in Morocco and Ethopia.

While the SPANA team has made huge strides in improving the lives of equines in Morocco, the challenges the charity’s teams face in other countries, such as Ethiopia, remains extreme. Ignorance about basic equine welfare requirements causes huge problems. Education plays a central role in the charity’s work to ensure the next generation of horse owners have the necessary knowledge to care for their animals.