We’ve joined forces with PRP Rescue Services to run the first ever rescue horse / pony of the year competition, due to get underway this week.
48 entries have been received for Saturday’s competitions – 26 for the in-hand classes and 22 for the ridden classes.
RSPCA national equine coordinator, Chief Inspector Cathy Hyde said:
To receive almost 50 entries for the very first competition is more than we anticipated.
It's hoped that the RSPCA’s presence at the show will highlight some of the heartbreaking equine welfare issues that we deal with and show that adopted horses and ponies go on to live happy and successful lives.
Rescue horse of the year at Equifest
Equifest, which launches today and runs till Sunday, 19 August takes place in Peterborough and attracts more than 10,000 entries for its showing, show jumping, dressage and carriage driving classes.
The rescue horse / pony of the year competition will take place on Saturday, 18 August. The top two competitors in each class will go forward to the evening performance when the overall Champion Rescue Horse of the Year will be chosen.
The trophy, sashes, rosettes and prize money will then be presented to the Champion and Reserve winners.
Promoting horse and pony rehoming
Our Felledge Equine Centre in County Durham will be taking rescued horses to Equifest to compete in the competition and also to try to find new homes for them.
Hundreds of people answered our call to foster young rescued horses and ponies in our Stable Future campaign.
We are hopeful that this and this great new competition will prove a turning point in people considering a rescued equine, rather than only thinking of buying.
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