Equine aid for 2002 show season

  • A new service for events and shows is being offered by the 1985 European showjumping champion, Vicky Grinnall.

    Vicky and her veterinary husband, Rob, have invested in the ambulance, a four-wheel drive towing vehicle and an all-terrain six-wheel drive trailer.

    “The ambulance is purpose-built to Jockey Club specifications, ” says Vicky, a veterinary nurse.

    “It has a unique jack-knife unload system allowing a horse to walk directly off the front of the vehicle without the need to unhitch first.

    “Screens are attached to the rear, while inside are stocks and a sling to help transport injured animals.”

    One vehicle carries a range of diagnostic equipment, including scanning and endoscope facilities, plus other veterinary supplies to deal with emergencies.

    “The six-wheel vehicle allows us to get to anywhere on a showground or course very quickly and in any conditions, ” explains Vicky.

    The project was prevented from getting properly underway last year by the FMD crisis, but Vicky is hoping there will be a demand this season.

    “The package and equipment is unique, ” explains Vicky. “We think it will help show and event organisers to reassure owners and riders that the horses will get the same emergency care and attention as riders.

    Vicky is based near Kidderminster in Worcestershire, although the service is available throughout the UK.

    The cost of the package for the day is around £375. Contact (tel: 07899 994455).

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