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Posted on January 22nd, 2020

Horse & Country to Livestream ERA Charity Event

The Eventing Riders Association of Great Britain (ERA of GB) are delighted that Horse & Country (H&C), supported by the Cavewood Productions team, will be livestreaming the Australia Day (Sunday 26th January) fundraising event to a global equestrian audience.

“ERA of GB is incredibly grateful to Horse & Country, and the team giving up their time on the day, for providing the global livestream of our Australia Day event.  With such high demand for attending the event, we’re really hoping that the free livestream will help connect the global eventing community and the wider equestrian audience to our fundraising effort.

The aim of the charity event is to raise as much money as possible to support the Equestrian Fire Relief Australia fund, BlazeAid and the Buy A Bale charities, who are doing much needed work to support our Australian equestrian community who are affected by the bush fire crisis.  We hope that by livestreaming the event for free we will encourage donations from further afield.” Bruce Haskell, ERA of GB President.

The event is being held at the RDA National Training Centre (Lowlands Equestrian) at Shrewley in Warwickshire and will include a series of demonstrations by leading riders including Sam Griffiths, Chris Burton, Bill Levett, Tim Price, Paul Tapner, Piggy Fench and Alec Bragg.

H&C will show the evening performance between 5.30pm and 8.30pm GMT free on their streaming service at horseandcountry.tv.  A recording of the evening will be made available, following the event, on H&C.

Jonathan Rippon, Director of Content, H&C said: “We are delighted to be working with ERA to bring live coverage of this hugely important event to a worldwide audience.”

Posted on January 13th, 2020

International Equestrian community comes together to support Australian fire relief

The Equestrian Fire Relief Australia Fund (EFRA) has been established to provide support of the equestrian community affected by the bushfires in Australia. The 2019-2020 summer fires sweeping across Australia have caused unprecedented devastation; a staggering 10 million hectares have been burned, affecting nearly every state and territory with the loss of both human and animal life, including an estimated loss of 480 million wildlife.

Harnessing the passion of equestrians around the world, the EFRA’s primary aim is to raise funds for emergency relief but hopes to also provide moral support to the Australian equestrian community during such a distressing time.

The EFRA will dispense funds via local emergency and recovery committees in Australia, supporting the affected equestrian community through emergency aid and existing initiatives, including distributing materials and goods.

Top-level International equestrians, Olympic- and World Champions from all disciplines, such as Martin Fuchs (SUI), Christian Ahlmann (GER), Patrick Kittel (SWE) and his wife Lyndal Oatley (AUS), Michael Jung (GER), Ingrid Klimke (GER), Edwina Tops-Alexander (AUS), Andrew Hoy (AUS), Chris Burton (AUS), William Fox-Pitt (GBR), Sam Watson (IRL), David O´Connor (USA), Astier Nicholas (FRA), Carl Hester (GBR) and Charlotte Dujardin (GBR) – to just name a few – have already come forward and joined as EFRA Ambassadors to help spread the message and raise the much-needed funds.

Australian native and eventing Olympic gold medallist, Andrew Hoy, said; “To see my home country going up in flames, to see the suffering of people, wildlife and all other animals is just devastating. I have received so many messages from people suffering losses across the affected areas and I am heartbroken for all of them.

“The Australian Equestrian Community so urgently needs the help of the international equestrian community – financially, but also morally! I hope with this campaign we will be able to make a difference, show our support and get much needed finances to the people affected.”

Irish-international event rider, Sam Watson, said; “Reading about the fires has been awful, but imagining if it was our farm and our horses is a devastating thought. When the going gets tough, the equine world gets going. This is what we do, we take action and we help horses, wherever they are and for whatever reason, they need our help.”

William Fox-Pitt, added; “What a brilliant fund to set up and let’s pray it raises lots of money to support those who are dealing with so much pain and loss. We have got to do everything to get this under control, and the first way is to get some money to support them.”

Based in Canberra, Jocelyn King, a Canberra local equestrian, will act as the EFRA Coordinator supported by volunteers nationally and internationally along with Kiah Consulting and Kiah Equine and the Advisory Board for the Fund, John Glenn (Chairman), Mike Etherington-Smith, Stuart Tinney and Stefanie Hoy.

Find more information and donate to the Equestrian Fire Relief Australia Fund on www.equestrianfirerelief.com.au

Posted on January 13th, 2020

Win £1000 for your team or club!

Leading equestrian jeweller Pegasus Jewellery has launched a brand-new competition that gives our brilliant UK childrens clubs and teams the chance to win an amazing £1000!

This competition aims to recognise the very best junior clubs out there, including pony clubs, school teams, vaulting teams, RDA and carriage driving teams, those teams who help those under 16 learn more about horse husbandry, riding and driving, or allow those with disabilities to enjoy equestrianism too.

Pegasus wants to highlight the nation’s very best clubs, awarding one of them a £1000 prize to help them continue their amazing work.

If you know of a club that you feel deserves that £1000 prize, all you need to do is nominate them and make sure you tell Pegasus Jewellery why they should win. Pegasus will whittle the nominations down into a shortlist of 10, and there will then be a public vote to choose the overall winner. Entries must be received by 28th February.