Have you taken part in the #roundtheworld challenge to raise funds for Horse & Hound‘s charity of the year, SPANA, yet? If you have then you’re in great company, because when we went to visit top event rider Ben Hobday for a magazine feature earlier this week, he was only too happy to give it a try.
For those who don’t know about the campaign, to take part you simply need to dust off your childhood technique and get a friend or two to lend a hand. Ask them to video you going ’round-the-world’ (we recommend you get someone to hold your horse too), post it on social media using #roundtheworld and nominate three friends, then text WORLD to 70300 to donate £3 to SPANA. Every penny of your £3 donation will go to SPANA to help improve the lives of working equines around the world. Find out more about SPANA’s work.
If you’re a competitive sort, then the added challenge is to see how many times you can go around the world in 30sec. H&H’s eventing editor, Pippa Roome, set the standard with three and a half rotations on her retired intermediate eventer, but that’s been destroyed by Ben, who managed an impressive six round-the-worlds within the time limit (see video top).
So if you fancy getting involved, whether you manage one rotation or can beat Ben’s target, we can’t wait to watch your videos. Don’t forget to tag them #roundtheworld so you’ll have the chance to be selected to appear on HorseandHound.co.uk or on our twitter and facebook pages, and nominate your friends to take part too.
Jason Cater, director of fundraising at SPANA, said: “We’d like to send a big thank you to Horse & Hound for starting the ‘round the world’ challenge in aid of SPANA, and to Ben for being such a good sport! The campaign is a really fun way to roll back the years and challenge your friends, while raising vital funds.
“By taking part and making a donation, you’ll be helping SPANA provide much-needed veterinary treatment to hardworking animals in some of the world’s poorest countries, all around the world.”
Remember that the challenge is open to all ages, as can be seen from the videos below, which have been posted on our facebook page.