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
Show producer becomes bridleway patron
Leading show producer and H&H columnist Katie Jerram has become a patron of Essex Bridleways Association (EBA).
She said she was “delighted to help EBA raise awareness of the work they carry out on behalf of riders in our county.”
EBA chair, Julia Wilson, said the county’s equestrian population is under “intense pressure” as Essex becomes more urbanised.
“We are making progress but always need more help and urge horse owners to at least join EBA to support this work,” added Mrs Wilson.
Membership costs £15 and includes reduced entry to the EBA’s rides. The next is the Little Easton pub ride on 17 August (closing date for entries 11 August).
For more information visit: www.essexbridleways.co.uk
Buick gives £1,000 to Racing Welfare
William Buick has donated his £1,000 prize as Racing UK’s Glorious Goodwood top jockey to Racing Welfare.
He landed the award on the final day of Goodwood (Saturday 2 August) with a win on Sultanina in the Markel Insurance Nassau Stakes.
Buick, who had five wins over the week said: “I was reading about the Mirror and Racing UK’s David Yates’ bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats, which is he doing in aid of Racing Welfare, so that seems a very worthy donation.”
The racing journalist set off last Saturday (2 August) and hopes to get to John O’Groats by 12 August.
To follow Yates’ progress or make a donation visit: www.sorebacksides.com
Racehorse helps veterans recover
Retrained racehorse Pempleton Brook demonstrated the new skills he has learnt working for the charity HorseBack UK at Perth racecourse last week (31 July).
The day was a fund-raiser for the charity set up to give support and therapy to serving officers and veterans.
Pempleton Brook was given to HorseBack UK by the charity Retraining of Racehorses (RoR).
“Our ethos here at HorseBackUK is that the process of learning horsemanship replaces confidence and self-esteem stolen during long recoveries,” said co-founder, Jock Hutchison.
For more information visit: www.horsebackuk.org
Riders raise funds for air ambulances
Limpsfield Riding Club (LRC) has raised nearly £5,000 for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance service.
Nearly 60 riders took part in a nine-mile fundraising ride last weekend (3 August) in memory of former club member Wendy Norris, 47, who died suddenly of an aneurism last year.
Mrs Norris was taken in an air ambulance after becoming critically ill at the yard in Tatsfield where she kept the family’s ponies.
“All our members have supported the idea of the memorial ride. We all hope this will become an annual event in Wendy’s memory,” said LRC chairman, Alex Bonnell.
To donate visit: JustGiving.com/limpsfieldridingclub.
Redwings to benefit from raffle
Alycia Wittenmyer and Hannah Dobbler are selling raffle tickets to raise funds for Redwings Horse Sanctuary on 10 August.
They will selling tickets for £1 each at Tilney St Lawrence Riding Club’s summer show in Walpole St Andrew, near Wisbech.
The prizes include tickets to Olympia, rugs and riding lessons.
For more information visit: www.tilney-st-lawrence-riding-club.co.uk
Miniature Shetland to walk 100 miles
A miniature Shetland is walking 100 miles in a week to raise money for the RSPCA.
The pony, Felledge Scotch, is walking with Barney, a donkey, and their owners Tigg Bays-Griffiths and Chelsey Bailey.
They are to set off on Friday (8 August) from Needham Market in Suffolk and are due to arrive in the main ring at Equifest, at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, on 14 August.
For more information visit visit: http://choices.rspca.org.uk/felledge-funamble
Childrec aids Animal Health Trust
Childeric Saddles is giving nearly half of the cost of a saddle check to the Animal Health Trust (AHT).
The company is offering anyone who has bought one of its secondhand saddles a saddle check for £75, of which £35 will go to the AHT.
Dr Sue Dyson of the AHT said she sees horses with with back pain caused by an ill-fitting saddle on a daily basis.
Tricia Bracegirdle from the French saddle brand said as the secondhand market grows, “we need to ensure that these saddles fit the horses in order to avoid discomfort and muscle and nerve damage.”
She added: “It makes sense for us to support this particular charity owing to the valuable work they do in this area.”
For more information visit: www.childericsaddles.co.uk