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Posted on August 9th, 2022

Fundraising campaign “Ride for Ukraine”, aiming to save 5000 horses, launched in the FEI Dressage European Championships for Juniors & Young Riders at Hartpury

At the FEI Dressage European Championships for Juniors & Young Riders at Hartpury, the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation (UEF-CF) launched a “Ride for Ukraine” fundraising campaign. This campaign is aimed to unite all equestrian riders, professionals, federations, organizations, goods producers and horse lovers to help feed around 5,000 horses during wintertime in Ukraine. The Ukrainian dressage team members became the first ambassadors of the campaign.  

The goal is simple, but ambitious — to raise about 500,000 euro and feed 5,000 horses during the wintertime, when fresh grass or hay and warm stables will not be that common as in summer.

The idea of the ‘Ride for Ukraine’ campaign is that every show can support the campaign and help Ukrainian horses from simply placing info about the campaign on site or organizing a special class or show dedicated to the campaign. Every rider at this show can donate by participating and every visitor can donate using a QR code or via the website. There are many partnership options for equestrian goods producers, publishers, media, educational and any other kind of organizations and people who love horses and are ready to help. Becoming an ambassador is easy. After donating a particular amount of money you will get a pin, polo, cap and become part of the team that saves Ukrainian horses during the war with Russia.

Inna Logutenkova, 2-time participant of the Olympic Games, 2-time participant of the World Equestrian Games WEG, 3-time participant of the European Championship, Finalist of the World Cup and the Chef d’equipe of the Ukrainian dressage team says: “I’m proud to become one of the first ambassadors of the campaign and help Ukrainian equestrians to save and feed their horses. I believe that after Ukraine wins, the country will recover and show the best result in the sports arena. Our team is defending Ukrainian sports honor while our army defends European freedom from Russian invasion”.

Funds raised through the campaign will be used to maintain health and the welfare of the horses. First of all, this is the provision of feed and hay including coverage of the costs of their transportation to all regions of Ukraine. Also, to support horses in a free evacuation shelter. At the moment, there are 37 horses, but the UEF-CF predicts an increase in the number of horses that temporarily cannot be supported by the owners and who may be in the war zone. These horses will need relocation and keeping, which the foundation also provides. For this, several more shelters are already being prepared in the west of Ukraine. If necessary, 100-120 horses will manage to survive difficult times there.

“Situation on the frontline is very unpredictable and as the biggest foundation that focuses on helping horses and equestrians, we feel responsible for the horses that stay in Ukraine. We know that the biggest problem for Ukrainian horse owners is feeding and caring about their horses because of the lack of money. The economy collapsed; their normal income sources doesn’t exist anymore. And we are keen to help them to save horses while they are recovering and looking for new jobs or rebuilding their businesses.”  — says Mykhaylo Parkhomchuk, founder of the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation and the Secretary-General of the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation. — “We believe that the equestrian community in the world will not stand aside and will help Ukraine to save their horses’ lives.”

How can you help?

If you are willing to save horses and hold a show or event, please consider joining the ‘Ride for Ukraine’ initiative to fundraise for the charity and if you compete, please look for shows to attend that are supporting the initiative.

There are also lots of other ways horse lovers can get involved, from displaying banners and sharing content on social media, to making donations directly via the website.

To find out more how to become the part of ‘Ride for Ukraine’ please visit: www.rideforukraine.info

 

How is UEF-CF helping horses? 

Since the charity was registered in February of this year, it has moved more than 500 horses to safer zones and helped to feed more than 3,500 equines in need with 1000 tons of humanitarian feed. In June Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation established feed production on the territory of Ukraine to reduce the logistics costs of delivering feed outside of Ukraine. Additionally to feed and relocation, the Foundation has established free shelters and daily monitoring of the situation with stables in all regions across the country. Also organizes research and collaborates with 30 horse veterinarians to provide medical care to horses in need.

To provide care for the thousands of horses in need this winter, UEF-CF has to raise 500,000 euros to pay for feed, hay and bedding. There is also a growing need for portable diagnostic equipment and/or a fully equipped mobile veterinary clinic.

Support of horses is still very much needed and the number receiving help from UEF-CF is set to rise from 3,500 to more than 5,000 as winter approaches. The number of horses in need of help is constantly growing due to the difficult financial situation of the majority of Ukrainians who have lost their jobs and regular sources of income.

You can also find out more about the charity’s work and make a donation here: www.helpukrainehorses.eu

 


Posted on July 12th, 2022

World Horse Welfare response to the British Horseracing Authority’s review of the use of the whip in horse racing

World Horse Welfare, the international horse welfare charity, notes today’s announcement by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) on the conclusions of its review of the use of the whip in horse racing.

World Horse Welfare supports the responsible involvement of horses in sport and is an independent welfare advisor to horse sport regulators, including the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC) and the BHA.

The charity has advised the BHA on a series of welfare matters over the past decade and fed into the BHA’s 2011 whip review, confirming the role of the whip in safety but highlighting the need for a wider debate on the use of the whip for encouragement.

World Horse Welfare’s Chief Executive Roly Owers was a member of the BHA’s 2021 Whip Consultation Steering Group and the only member representing the equine welfare sector, with other members of the group drawn from jockeys, trainers, representatives of the racing industry, politics and media.

The charity wants to see racing move away from the use of the whip for encouragement, and during this review argued that this use should cease on both ethical and welfare grounds.

Roly Owers, World Horse Welfare Chief Executive said:

“We welcomed the formation of the BHA Whip Consultation Steering Group and have been happy to participate actively in the consultation process as the only member representing the equine welfare sector. We thank David Jones, who chaired the Steering Group, for his very hard work, and the BHA for initiating this important process.

“Much good has come out of the work including the focus on education and tougher penalties for breaches of the rules, including disqualification. We are also encouraged by the establishment of the independent stewards committee which the BHA hopes will identify and address any breaches of the rules more consistently.

“An increased focus on training and education on how the whip should be used is also warmly welcomed. We would like to see this education include a focus on how horses learn so that, if the whip is used, it is used in accordance with evidence-based learning theory.

“However, we believe that the recommendation on whip use “to be used in a backhand position only,” while welcome, does not go far enough. We are clear that we want to see a move away from the use of the whip for ‘encouragement’ in horseracing on both welfare and ethical grounds. We simply do not believe its use is justified, especially in light of what we now know about what makes a good horse-human partnership.

“We will continue to work constructively with the BHA and others in racing to support the implementation of the rules and the recommendations of the Horse Welfare Board. Racing of horses, like all horse sport, can only continue to take place if the sport maintains the support of the public, which will require everyone in racing to justify their use of the whip in the context of horse welfare, and show that they can be trusted to adhere to and enforce these rules.”


Posted on July 12th, 2022

Rehomed Redwings Horses Celebrate Success At Royal Norfolk Show

Redwings Patchwork (pictured) triumphed in the Ridden Rescue class and Redwings Edward came 2nd in the In-hand Rescue class at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show, the first held since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Joining Edward in the In-hand class were Redwings Matty who took 5th place, Redwings Stardust, 6th place, and Redwings Rocket, 7th place.

Patchwork, a 13.2hh, 13-year-old cob mare, was attending the show with her Guardians Yvette and Victoria. She was rescued by the charity in 2009, as one of 11 horses from a site in Rickmansworth. The horses had been abandoned and were straying onto the grounds of a local school. They were in poor condition, with suspected heavy worm burdens.

As the group had not received even the most basic care, they were all underweight and suffering from lice, which was treated on arrival at Redwings. Patchwork’s blood tests also showed she had problems with both her intestines and liver.

Yvette said: “Patchwork, or Millie as she is known to us, has done us proud today. We don’t show regularly, and she spends most of the time as a happy hacker with my mum, but we love to bring her to the Norfolk Show to represent Redwings and show how great rehomed Redwings horses can be!”

The Rescue classes are judged on a combination of their rescue story and transformation, and their show on the day. For Redwings Edward it was his first ever show, after being rehomed in June 2020 to his Guardians Claire and Ann. The Cob gelding in the ring looked a different sight from the horse that came to Redwings in 2013, severely underweight and with blood tests revealing he was suffering with a high worm burden that had caused damage to his intestines, and with liver damage caused by ragwort toxicity.

Claire, reflecting on their class in the ring, said: “I am beyond proud of Edward. Before this he had never really left our yard before, and now here he is competing at county show level. He behaved impeccably in the ring and I could not be happier with him!”

Before their appearance in the Rescue class, Redwings Stardust and Redwings Rocket had a busy day as they were stars of the Royal Norfolk Show Rescue Village, meeting members of the public and helping promote the Redwings rehoming scheme. Rocket, a 12.3hh Cob gelding, and Stardust, a 13hh Cob mare, will soon both be available to rehome as unbacked projects – looking for experienced Guardians to continue their training to be ridden horses.

Rachel Angell, Head of Norfolk Equine Operations, who heads up the charity’s rehoming scheme said: “What fabulous results for team Redwings at the Norfolk Show. To see our rescued horses doing so well, and their Guardians supporting Redwings by showing them at such a prestigious event, is wonderful! It is such a great opportunity to show what our ponies can do in their new homes and will hopefully inspire others to rehome a horse from Redwings.”

There are currently 500 horses living out in homes through the Redwings Guardianship scheme. Horses are rehomed on a long-term loan, with Redwings retaining ownership in case of any changes in their Guardian’s circumstances. Applications to rehome a horse are welcomed via the charity’s website www.redwings.org.uk/rehoming

As a charity 100% funded by donations, it is thanks to the generosity of supporters that Redwings is able to take in and care for horses, ponies, donkeys and mules who need us.

If you’d like to make a donation please call 01508 505246 or visit www.redwings.org.uk/donate.


Posted on July 4th, 2022

British Equestrian Statement: Allstar B

It is with tremendous sadness that we announce that Allstar B, ridden by Ros Canter, has been put down due to an irreparable injury sustained as part of the cross-country phase today, Saturday 2nd July. The duo was competing as part of the British team at CHIO Aachen in Germany.

They had a run out at the final element of fence 16, after which Allstar B was immediately attended to by the veterinary team on course when he pulled up lame. The vets on the showground made the horse comfortable to travel to a nearby veterinary clinic for further investigation. It was then decided that, due to the nature of the injury, euthanasia was the only action for Allstar B’s welfare.

Owned by Ros and Caroline Moore, ‘Alby’ was a much-loved horse on the eventing circuit and a stalwart of the British eventing squad, having been a part of three gold medal-winning teams and taking the individual title at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon 2018.

Ros said; “There are no words for the love and respect that I have for Alby. Time after time, he has shown his generosity, kindness and love of our sport. He has been such a huge part in building my career, and he will be missed by many.

Caroline added; “For me, he’s been the horse of a lifetime The most generous and brave horse that I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. He will be deeply missed.”

British Equestrian Eventing Performance Manager Richard Waygood paid tribute to Alby also; “He was a special horse with a huge heart, and the partnership Ros and he shared is one of the greatest the sport has enjoyed. Together, they have given so much to eventing and British teams, and to see them win the Individual World Championship title at Tryon was a very proud moment. Alby will be missed, but will hold a place among the legends of our sport. I would like to thank the veterinary and organising teams at Aachen for their swift actions and professional treatment.”


Posted on July 1st, 2022

Essex teen and pocket-sized ride take top honours in Hickstead opener

“Even just riding in that arena is surreal – I never though we would win it,” says a delighted Madieson Blakesley, who claimed the first class of the week in Hickstead’s Longines International Arena.

Her partner for the winning round in the Hickstead Novice 1.10m Championship is the diminutive Kyra, with whom she’s already formed a sterling relationship – despite only having the little mare for a month.

Previously, the seven-year-old mare had been piloted by young rider Will Rekert, with whom she won last year’s I.C.E. Horseboxes Novice Championship. “So there was quite a lot of pressure, because I know she can do it,” says Madieson with a laugh.

Partnership, and the trust and communication that come along with it, are the keystone of success in showjumping, but despite their short and sweet relationship so far, 19-year-old Madieson and Kyra sang from the same hymn sheet the whole way around the tough track.

“She was a little bit strong when I first got her, and I messed around with bits for a while, but I’ve got the hang of her now,” says Madieson, an alumnus of Raleigh’s Sweyne Park School. “We haven’t done too much together; this is only our fourth show, but she’s awesome.”

Unlike many competitors at Hickstead, who campaign expansive strings of horses, Kyra is Madieson’s only horse – “So she gets very spoiled,” laughs the rider. When she’s not training and competing, Madieson assists with the family mechanics business, which allows her the wiggle room in her schedule to fit in a busy calendar of competitions. It’s a balancing act, but it’s already paying off – and as Hickstead’s 60th anniversary Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting gets underway, she’s already got her eyes on the next prize. Next up? The 1.20m classes tomorrow and, if all goes well, a return to the sport’s most famous arena.


Posted on July 1st, 2022

Essex takes another victory in Hickstead’s International Arena

Taking a win in the main arena at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting is always a great achievement, but doing so on an unfamiliar horse is even more impressive – and that’s exactly what Ronnie Jones did to secure the win in the Mochara 1.25m Open Championship earlier this week.

His winning ride came aboard the elegant grey Cruso J RS, who has been in Ronnie’s string for just a week. “It’s all quite unknown with him, but he just gets better and better, so we’ve got high hopes for him,” said Ronnie of the ten-year-old gelding, who he co-owns with partner Alex Bishop.

Today’s ride was something of a fact-finding mission with the horse, who stepped up to the plate despite being faced with an unknown arena and some tricky obstacles he’d never previously seen.

“It was his first time in the main arena, so I wasn’t sure how he was going to react, but he was really good. I was a little bit worried about jumping the wall, because he hasn’t seen one of those either, but he didn’t bat an eyelid at it. He got in a really nice rhythm, and he’s really careful, so I was able to just trust him to the last.”

Cruso J RS is a grandson of the famous showjumping stallion Cornet Obolensky, who was recently at the centre of a high-stakes evacuation from Ukraine, where he stands at stud – and Ronnie is certain that that’s where his horse’s character and competitive spirit comes from. “He’s quite quirky – quite hot-headed and opinionated, but he just wants to win,” says Ronnie.

The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting takes place at Hickstead, West Sussex, from 23rd-26th June.


Posted on May 6th, 2022

STRATFORD HILLS 2022 SET TO BE THE FINAL YEAR OF BRITISH EVENTING COMPETITION

The Stratford Hills Horse Trials committee are saddened to announce that the 2022 fixture will be the final British Eventing fixture to be held at the Essex venue.

As organisers prepare for entries to open on the 9th of May, it has been confirmed that the venue is no longer able to accommodate the affiliated competition, currently, from 2023 onwards.  Set in the heart of Constable country, Hills Farm, Stratford-St-Mary, boasts incredible views of the Dedham Vale and the perfect setting to watch some of the icons of eventing take part.  The event has played host to grassroots competitors and a plethora of international stars over the years, including Olympic, European and World Championship Gold medallists.

The organisers can confirm that the announcement is in no way connected to British Eventing or concerns as to entry levels across the country.  The East of England has one of the most buoyant British Eventing memberships and efforts are still being made to find a replacement venue within the Essex/Suffolk area.

The cross-country course, designed by David Carpenter, makes full use of the terrain and undulations of the stunning Dedham Vale.  Ground preparations will start well in advance of the event and every effort will be made to present good going in the event of dry or wet conditions.

Over the past 19 years the event has run solely for charity and in this more challenging of times nothing has changed.  The SHHT Committee have chosen to support The Porch Project once again, as their charity of choice for 2022.  All proceeds from the event and ticket sales go directly to this very worthy charity.

The Porch Project is a charity based in Hadleigh, Suffolk, helping young people with the many challenges they are facing.  It has recently been donated a minibus which is enabling them to get out to the surrounding villages as well.  They currently have over 700 young people registered with them and each week they engage with approximately 150 young people through drop ins and detached and school coaching

Spectators are most welcome with advance ticket purchase advised.  These can be purchased online via www.shht.co.uk with all ticket sales going to charity.


Posted on April 29th, 2022

HorseFest Cancelled

HorseFest Cancel Festival at
Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre 8th-10th July

After months of work it is with regret that Thea Roberts and Heidi Hunter-Cope, founders of HorseFest announce that the event which was to bring equine experts, elite riders and everyday riders together to celebrate all things horse over the second weekend in July has been cancelled.

Said Thea: “It is with a heavy heart that we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s HorseFest. Challenges, including the ongoing impact of Covid, the cost of living increases that are affecting our horse communities, along with unprecedented infrastructure cost increases and shortages have all factored in our decision-making process.

“So much work has gone into getting HorseFest off the ground, this is not a decision that we have taken lightly. Our amazing sponsors, suppliers, experts, elite riders and volunteers who all bought into our vision have been totally wonderful and completely supportive of HorseFest; we can’t thank them enough for this support.

Said Heidi: “We’re sorry to let down all our ticket holders. We’ve spoken to our HorseTribe community and understand and appreciate the very particular challenges horse owners are facing at this time of increased living costs.

“We just don’t feel it’s the right time to put on our event when so many are facing a very real struggle. Our objectives have always been about creating an inclusive event where horse lovers and everyday riders can explore, learn and meet experts, elite riders and each other.

“All our ticket competition winners will receive a year’s membership for two to HorseTribe as we very much value their support and are sorry we cannot fulfil the festival prizes we offered in the run up to this year’s HorseFest.”

Said HorseTribe member Anna Harling: “I was so excited about going to HorseFest and I’m absolutely gutted to hear it’s not going ahead, but I love being part of the HorseTribe and can’t wait to see what they do next.”

Adds Heidi: “We’re continuing our exciting HorseTribe journey. Our membership continues to grow and, until things settle down, we’ll be focusing on building our ever growing online community to make sure every horse owner out there feels supported during these tricky times.

The HorseFest team would like to thank all those who have given their time and energy to this event including our friends at Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre and our valued sponsors, in particular our presenting partner John Oates Horseboxes and sponsor Synovium.

All ticket holders will notified by email and refunded by the 6th May.

All staff, performers, collaborators and volunteers have been notified of the cancellation prior to this being shared publicly.


Posted on April 14th, 2022

British Equestrians for Ukraine: – week four update

 

The situation in Ukraine continues to be severe, with fighting intensifying in the south and east and the need for humanitarian and equine aid grows more desperate. Working in collaboration both in the United Kingdom and with parties in Europe and Ukraine, British Equestrians for Ukraine (BEU) has so far helped see nine lorries of goods delivered on the ground and assisted funding for holding facilities and personnel to help with logistics and coordination. Our collective efforts so far have achieved:

  • Donations to the British Equestrians for Ukraine Fund, hosted by World Horse Welfare, now stand at £164,000.

 

  • The food, forage and bedding in our nine-truck convoy sent to Poland at the end of March has now been distributed throughout Ukraine via an established supply chain, to key locations where it’s most needed.

 

  • The Ukrainian Equestrian Federation (UEF) is prioritising relocating equines to holding camps in safe areas over trying to get them across the border into Poland and beyond. The wait times for paperwork to be checked, even for microchipped horses, is generally 20 to 40 hours on the border. The camps provide housing and support for any horse and any people who travel with them and BEU has been providing logistics and financial help to set up and run the camps.

 

  •  British Veterinary Professionals for Ukraine (BVP4U) is now linked into the British Equestrians for Ukraine Fund for monetary assistance to support the need for veterinary medicine supplies, alongside their own fundraising which has raised £44,000 for humanitarian aid. The British Equestrian Veterinary Association Trust (BEVA) has donated plus a very welcome trans-Atlantic alliance with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) who, in the spirit of organisations working for the common good, have also made a contribution.

 

BVP4U team member David Rendle, President Elect of the British Equine Veterinary Association, will travel to the Polish/Ukrainian border this week to assess the situation and veterinary standards. He’s currently coordinating a lorry of much-needed veterinary supplies to leave the UK this week. He’ll work with Claire Williams at the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) to ensure that lorry is full of any additional donated equine, pet and humanitarian supplies. The lorry will travel to Poland and on to Ukraine, where its cargo will be distributed.

 

  • BETA is working on a supply source and transport provider for haylage and bedding in Europe so BEU can fund more economical ways to get supplies to Ukraine efficiently. The UEF and our source in Ukraine have said that the emphasis is on low-protein, small-bale forage and shavings because they currently have good stocks of hard feed.

Roly Owers of World Horse Welfare said; “The situation in Ukraine remains utterly dire but thanks to people’s generosity we are starting to have some impact in getting aid to where it is needed, both through donations of supplies and funding. The initial response to the appeal has been amazing and to have legends like Lucinda Green and Carl Hester supporting our collective effort is incredible.

“However, the stark reality is that the desperate need to support Ukrainian horses and the wider sector will remain for months to come, whatever happens on the ground. So we would implore everyone to continue to donate and to fundraise in support of this much needed initiative.”

British Equestrians for Ukraine was set up by British Equestrian (BEF), The British Horse Society (BHS), the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) and World Horse Welfare with the support of member bodies across the industry to help all horses in need in Ukraine and Poland. To donate to the British Equestrians for Ukraine, visit the dedicated page on World Horse Welfare’s website. Remember, if you’re a UK taxpayer, you can claim Gift Aid on your donation which makes the money go further at no extra cost.


Posted on March 23rd, 2022

British Equestrians for Ukraine: week one update

Just over a week after launching, the team behind British Equestrians for Ukraine can report a successful start thanks to an overwhelming response from the equine community to help those displaced by the Russian invasion. The public fund set up via World Horse Welfare is currently running at over £100,000 in donations while the co-ordinated efforts of the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) have collected feed and bedding worth around £90,000 – about nine lorry loads – which is on route to Poland.

Working in collaboration with the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation and trusted partners in countries around Ukraine, we’re liaising with those on the ground to develop logistics and supply chains to ensure that the supplies of food, bedding and veterinary supplies are distributed in the country from the drop-off points in Poland.

Claire Williams from BETA commented; “Our members and the wider trade have all been touched by the distress faced by the Ukrainian equestrian community and have been overwhelming in their support. So many have pledged support, but I must thank Country Haylage who’ve raised over £25,000 and been instrumental in co-ordinating the nine-lorry lift of product generously donated from manufacturers across the country. Further members of the trade have made significant cash donations to the British Equestrians for Ukraine Fund and many retailers are running fundraising initiatives to further boost the fund.”

The situation on the ground in Ukraine is becoming increasingly dire and the priority is getting food and bedding for equines throughout the country. Supplies are arriving daily from a range of supporters throughout Europe, with the Ukraine Federation recently outlining requirements for efficient deliveries, including grouping aid into large quantities on wrapped pallets and ensuring the correct paperwork and accreditations are in place.

There’s now a huge effort focused on evacuating any horses requiring rescue out of the country or a move to safer areas in the west. The group is liaising with Ukrainian contacts including the Ukrainian Horse Union who have the best knowledge of stables and equines in the country and who are helping to establish a ‘base camp’ for equines either in Lviv or Poland near the border. Lobbying is also being carried out in an attempt to reduce red tape for people seeking to evacuate their horses across the Polish border.

Roly Owers from World Horse Welfare said: “The situation in Ukraine remains deeply worrying, but it is encouraging to see the progress being made in getting supplies through to the Ukrainian border. For sure, this is just the beginning and there is no doubt that this is going to be an on-going mission. Without the generosity of everyone who has donated to the appeal already, none of this would have been possible. In such concerning times it is so uplifting to see how much support there is for the animals and people of Ukraine. Financial donations will help us most at this stage as we work with trusted partners on the ground.”

The British Equestrian Veterinary Association has linked in with the newly established British Veterinary Professionals for Ukraine to help raise funds to help with medical and veterinary supplies for practitioners working in areas where fighting is ongoing. Also known as UKVets4Ukraine, British Veterinary Professionals for Ukraine has raised over £15,000 so far as well as physical donations of supplies.

Olympic disciplines British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping have all pledged support to the British Equestrians for Ukraine fund and a number of other member bodies, equestrian companies and individuals are all working to raise money to donate.

Jim Eyre, British Equestrian Chief Executive summed the efforts up in saying; “It’s been a tremendous response so far, but we must keep up the momentum. The humanitarian crisis is escalating as the fighting and unwarranted bombing continues and the conditions for equines and their people will continue to deteriorate. The generosity shown in such a short time by so many is testament to Britain’s amazing equestrian community. We’re already hearing how the funds and products are making an impact and there’s further support in the planning stages to have more impact on the ground and getting the horses to safety. We’ll continue to release updates so those who’ve supported know they’re making a difference.”

James Hick, CEO at The British Horse Society said, “By working together we were able to set up the donations fund quickly and effectively, I want to thank all our members and supporters for their contributions. As ever, I am proud of the outstanding efforts of our amazing industry to support one another through hard times, and particularly now, as we reach out together as a bonded equestrian community, to bring desperately needed help to Ukraine.”

British Equestrians for Ukraine was set up by British Equestrian (BEF), The British Horse Society (BHS), the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) and World Horse Welfare with the support of member bodies across the industry. To donate to the British Equestrians for Ukraine, visit the dedicated page on World Horse Welfare. Remember, if you’re a UK taxpayer, you can claim Gift Aid on your donation which makes the money go further at no extra cost.