A woman from the Scottish Highlands is endeavouring to raise money for World Horse Welfare this September by encouraging people to dedicate the month to organising equestrian events.
Loes Knopper – from Kinlochleven – set up “On Horses for Horses” in 2011. She hopes to raise more funds for the chairty this year from events such as sponsored rides, clear round competitions and gymkanas.
“World Horse Welfare is such a worthy charity because not only does it have its rescue centres here in the UK but it is investing in poorer countries as well,” Loes told H&H. “And it relies solely on donations from people like us.”
Organisers can advertise their event on the “On Horses for Horses” website and donations can be made via a Justgiving page directly to World Horse Welfare.
“Let’s make September the month to go “On Horses for Horses”, do what we enjoy doing and make a difference to horses not lucky enough to have us to care for them,” said Loes.
Last year £2290 was raised and a combined 3,394.75 miles were ridden in 10 countries. And the aim for 2012 is to raise £2500.
“People are often intimated by organising something like this,” Loes told H&H. “But I’m not asking people to do anything they don’t normally do with their horses – it could just be a hack amongst friends.”
World Horse Welfare’s Jessica Stark said: “We are immensely grateful that Loes has chosen to support our work once again with ‘On horses for horses’ in 2012 and we give our deepest thanks to everyone taking part.”
For more information and to advertise an event visit www.onhorsesforhorses.org