Competitive racing at Fontwell Park

Fontwell Park enjoyed competitive racing yesterday, despite some small fields resulting from the drying ground. warm, sunny weather attracted a good crowd.

Brave Eagle and Ned Curtis, winners of Fontwell's opening Novices Hurdle Race. with connections Photo: Jeannie Knight

Brave Eagle and Ned Curtis, winners of Fontwell’s opening Novices Hurdle Race. with connections Photo: Jeannie Knight

The opening novices’ hurdle had just three runners and was won as expected by Brave Eagle, the  8-13 on favourite ridden by 5lb claimer Ned Curtis for trainer Nicky Henderson.

He came home nine lengths ahead of Mister Serious, a  33-1 shot, which had earlier won the Best Turned Out Award.  This runner-up- an eight-year-old Kalanisi gelding,impressed with a gutsy run, ridden by Nick Scholfield. He is trained at Bruton in Somerset by Hugo Froud.

Mister Serious, trained by Hugo Froud, was an interesting runner up in the opener. Photo: Jeannie Knight

Mister Serious, trained by Hugo Froud, was an interesting runner up in the opener. Photo: Jeannie Knight

There should be more to come from him after this impressive effort, where he acquitted himself well. He is a half-brother to useful hurdler and chaser Crucham.

In the following handicap steeplechase, over two miles five furlongs, Easy Street trained by Jonjo O’ Neill at Cheltenham,  and ridden by Aiden Coleman, was sent off at 9-2. But he beat 100-30 favourite The Italian Yob, ridden by Leighton Aspell and trained by Nick Williams, comfortably by almost three lengths.”He was carrying top weight but everything went right for him today,” said his rider.

WinnerEasy Street, trained by Jonjo O' Neill, with jockey Aiden Coleman. Photo: Jeannie Knight

Winner Easy Street, trained by Jonjo O’ Neill, with jockey Aiden Coleman. Photo: Jeannie Knight

Another top weight won the Handicap Hurdle race over two miles on furlong in fine style- despite giving 17lb in weight to runner up Flanagans Field. Bletchley Castle was a good winner of this race coming home almost three lengths clear of second-placed Flanagans Field, which in turn was sent out by Bernard Lllewellyn of Bargoed, with Robert Williams up.Conor O’ Farrell was the rider of the winning eight-year-old which impressed with this victory.

Bletchley Castle and Conor O’ Farrell, winners of the Handicap Hurdle Photo: Jeannie Knight

Lucy Gardner missed out on a winning ride on 10-year-old Bredon Hill Lad, trained by her mother Susan because she felt unwell.Ian Popham took over and made all in the race for an impresive victory.

He said:” This is a game old horse and he took the lead, having a look around and jumped well. I got the opportunity to ride  because Lucy was not feeling well and did the job.”The handicap hurdle race over two miles five furlongs was well contested and went to Carnspindle, trained by Warren Greatrex, ridden by Gavin Sheehan which was a comfortable 9-2 winner.

Two local winners rounded off the meeting. The first was a good victory for Sullington trainer Richard Rowe and owners The Forever Partnership, when Andrew Glassonbury brought the seven-year-old gelding, Remember Forever, home to win by just under two lengths for  a very well-deserved success.

Remember Forever, trainer by Richard Rowe at Sullington, with Andrew Glassonbury up, winning the handicsp steeplechase Photo courtesy of Fontwell Park Racecourse

Remember Forever, trained by Richard Rowe at Sullington, with Andrew Glassonbury up, winning the handicap steeplechase Photo courtesy of Fontwell Park Racecourse

The National Hunt Flat race at the end of the meeting was won by Gary Moore with 5-2 shot Dell Oro, ridden by son Joshua.

The next meeting at Fontwell Park is an Easter Raceday on April 12.

 

Aintree parade of retrained racehorses

The 19-year-old Aintree favourite and 2016 winner of RoR Horse of the Year, Monet’s Garden, heads the line-up for the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Parade at the Randox Health Grand National Festival.
The parade also features fellow Grade One winners Denman, Cinders And Ashes and Peddlers Cross, as well as the popular and now reformed character, Mad Moose.
The RoR Parade, generously sponsored by the Peter O’Sullevan Trust, has a new slot this year, taking place before racing on the second day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, Ladies Day, Friday, April 7 at around 12.40pm in the parade ring.
The diverse 10-horse line-up includes four Grade One winners and several Aintree regulars. Each of the 10 horses has found a fulfilling second career after retiring from racing, whether it be showing, dressage, showjumping, eventing, hunting or team chasing.
The winner of five races at Aintree, Monet’s Garden has excelled in his second career in the show-ring. Ridden by Joey Richards, daughter of his former trainer Nicky, the pair have enjoyed great success, including victory at the RoR National Championship Show at Aintree last year when they were crowned RoR Ridden Veteran Champion.
Monet's Garden and Joey Richards

Monet’s Garden and Joey Richards

The grey horse was subsequently awarded the prestigious title of RoR Horse of The Year at the 2016 RoR Awards in December. Following their successes last year, Joey has since given birth to a daughter, Lily, and the Aintree parade will be her first first public appearance on Monet’s Garden this year.  
Joey Richards said of Monet’s Garden: “He’s 19 now but you’d think he was a five-year-old, he’s never changed, he’s never aged. He’s always been a real showman, even throughout his racing career, and that’s why I thought showing would suit him.
Another horse in the parade who built up a following during his racing career was Mad Moose, albeit for rather different reasons.The talented former Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained gelding became renowned for refusing to start. However, as yet, there have been no such problems in his second career and the 13-year-old was the epitome of obedience for rider Sophie Burkin when the pair won a dressage class on their first outing this year.
The other former RoR Horse of the Year in the line-up is Jo Mason’s Liverpool, who won the award in 2015 on account of his sheer versatility and the role he played in helping Jo recover from a serious injury.
 The parade is due to take place at 12.40pm, on Friday, April 7. The 10 horses taking part will be Cinders and Ashes, Denman, Junior, Liverpool, Mad Moose, Midnight Chase, Monet’s Garden, Offshore Account, Peddlers Cross and Tranquil Sea.
 
 
 

RDA rider chosen for Home International

A young rider representing the South East Region of Riding for the Disabled at  Cobbes Meadow group has qualified to be part of a team of four riders to represent the Southern Region at the Para Home International Dressage Competition at Valeview Equestrian Centre, Leicestershire in April.

Katie Radzik and her horse, Whisper, joined Cobbes Meadow RDA Group five years ago both as a rider and a volunteer, helping the younger children on the Wednesday ride.

Katie has worked extremely hard over the years to reach Grade V level having won her class in the Regional Qualifiers at Hickstead to reach the National RDA Championships for the last two years.

Katie Razdik and Whisper, on their way to winning their Hickstead class. Photo: Joanna Sale

Katie Razdik and Whisper, on their way to winning their Hickstead class. Photo: Joanna Sale

This included  achieving the Highest Senior Newcomer score in 2015, where she succeeded in coming second . only for two consecutive years.

Last year she missed the top spot by half a mark with a very high score in excess of 70 per cent

“I’m so excited to have been selected to join the team and I hope that I can help the Southern Region do really well” said Katie.

In the South East,  RDA has 35 groups across Surrey, Sussex and Kent with more than 2,000 riders of all ages. They enjoy the experience of riding, carriage driving, show jumping, dressage endurance and western style, with opportunities to learn a new skill, enter competitions or even take a holiday.

This can bring a new dimension to necessarily restricted lives, encourage independence and does much to improve a wide range of medical conditions.

RDA has the commitment of more than 1,000 volunteers who regularly and cheerfully give up their free time. Its instructors work closely with physiotherapists and other professionals to encourage every individual to aim for attainable goals – some modest, others far more ambitious.

Al Shira’aa to sponsor Hickstead Derby

One of the most iconic showjumping classes in the world has gained a new headline sponsor, with Al Shira’aa taking over as the title sponsor of the Hickstead Derby.

The Al Shira’aa Derby will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 25 June 2017, with the class forming the finale of the four-day CSI4* Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (22-25 June).

To mark this important new sponsorship, a new video has been created to showcase the upcoming Al Shira’aa Derby. Filmed and produced by Equine Productions, the video looks back over the extraordinary 57-year history of the Hickstead Derby, a class in which both horse and rider become legends.

The film features three former Hickstead Derby winners – three-time champion William Funnell (2006, 2008 and 2009), two-time winner Trevor Breen (2014 and 2015) and the reigning Derby champion William Whitaker, who won for the first time in 2016. In the video, the riders explain why the showground is so special and what it meant to them to win the Derby.

Trevor Breen, William Whitaker and William Funnell  Photo: Daisy Honeybunn

Trevor Breen, William Whitaker and William Funnell Photo: Daisy Honeybunn



Many of the Derby’s most memorable moments are included in the launch film, including Eddie Macken’s incredible four wins on Boomerang, and footage of the first female winner, Pat Smythe, from back in 1962.

Al Shira’aa Stables LLC was founded by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and the company is dedicated to the support and promotion of all horses and equestrian sports.

Based in the heart of Abu Dhabi, with various other locations throughout the world, the five-star facilities of Al Shira’aa Stables provide a unique home for many types of horses, from youngstock to broodmares, and top competition horses to those who are enjoying their retirement.  The company encourages horse riders in different equestrian sports, globally as well as in the United Arab Emirates.

The Hickstead sponsorship will not be the first experience of world-class equestrian events for Al Shira’aa.  In January this year the Al Forsan International Sports Resort in Abu Dhabi hosted the first Al Shira’aa International Horse Show, which offered UAE and international riders the opportunity to qualify for the 2018 World Equestrian Games. 

While the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby deal is for a preliminary three-year period, it is expected that the collaboration between Al Shira’aa and the Bunn family will flourish and continue.

William Whitaker wins Hickstead Derby Photo:Craig Payne

William Whitaker wins Hickstead Derby
Photo:Craig Payne


 
“We are so pleased to announce Al Shira’aa as the new title sponsor of the Derby,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn. “Sponsors are the lifeblood of our sport and without the generosity of companies like Al Shira’aa the sport simply could not exist. The Hickstead Derby was first held in 1961 and has retained its popularity and status for nearly six decades – we’re very excited that Al Shira’aa will be part of its future.”

Thomas O’Brien, UK Supervisor for Al Shira’aa, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be supporting this iconic and thrilling equestrian event. The Sheikha is a keen and enthusiastic horse rider herself, and it is the love of horses that drives her ambition to develop and influence this sport. What better way of supporting this ambition than the sponsoring of one of the most famous show jumping events in the world?”

Kate Moisson, UK Project Manager for Al Shira’aa, added: “Our passion and support of all equestrian sports are further underlined by our commitment to the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby. We are very excited about the forthcoming show and working with the Bunn family, and the Hickstead team, going forward.”

Tickets for the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting are on sale now at www.hickstead.co.uk. The class will be broadcast online throughout the world on Hickstead.TV

Plumpton doubles for Moore and Henderson

Doubles were the order of the day at Plumpton yesterday for trainers Gary Moore and Paul Henderson, whose horses are in fine form at present.

Son Joshua rode both of Gary Moore’s winners, but he also completed a treble if you count his victory in the charity spacehopper race which preceded racing proper!

Paul Henderson’s first victory came in the Harwoods Group Handicap Steeplechase over three miles one furlong with Turban, a 10-year-old, ridden by Paddy Brennan, who took the lead on the first circuit. It was his first win since joining Henderson from Willie Mullins after his performances there had declined.

Turban with connections and jockey Paddy Brennan after his win. Photo: Jeannie Knight

Turban with connections and jockey Paddy Brennan after his win. Photo: Jeannie Knight

His delighted trainer said:” He needed better ground and the track had dried out nicely in today’s sunshine. He dictated the pace and cruised throughout the race.”

His second win was with Thepartysover, ridden by Tom O’ Brien in three mile one furlong handicap hurdle race, beating Ray Diamond comfortably.

The opening race of the day had seen a good victory for trainer Warren Greatrex when five-year-old Little Chunk, partnered by Mikey Hamill won the two mile hurdle race in imressive style. There should be plenty more to come from him.

Little Chunk after winning the opening maiden hurdle. Photo: Jeannie Knight

Greatrex said: “He is a nice horse to have in the yard. He is very straightforward and enjoys himself.”

Gary Moore sprang a 16-1 surprise when Mr Fickle took the Handicap Hurdle over two and a half miles, ridden by son Joshua. He said: ” He enjoyed the ground, which had changed to firm going by the time of his race. It made all the difference”

Flashman with Joshua Moore and owner Andrew Bradman,. Photo Jeannie Knight

Flashman with Joshua Moore and owner Andrew Bradman. Photo Jeannie Knight

He completed his double with Flashman in the following Handicap Steeplechase, which gave the eight year-old his first win over fences. 15-8 favourite won impressively and there should be more to come.

Five pound claimer James Nixon won the Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Chase in good style on board 9-1 shot Mr Jim trained by Tony Carroll  while Lewes trainer Suzy Smith had a well deserved victory in the National Hunt Flat Race with 4-1 shot Huntress, which looks a good prospect for the future.

 

 

WHW needs equine vets in developing countries

World Horse Welfare has appealed for support for training equine vets in developing countries.Its international projects seek to improve the health and welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules across 16 developing countries and the charity’s latest veterinary training programmes are making a vital difference.

In many of the countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia where World Horse Welfare’s international projects operate, veterinary training is focussed on species classified as ‘productive livestock’ – such as cattle, goats and pigs.

However, this means that many veterinarians will never receive any formal training in how to handle and treat equids, despite their integral role in the daily lives of millions of people. Working equids in many of these countries are generally unrecognised or ignored by national or international policy makers rendering them effectively ‘invisible’ outside of the communities and families they support.

WHW Veterinary training in Nicaragua  Photo: WHW

WHW Veterinary training in Nicaragua Photo: WHW

There is often a great reluctance from in-country vets to treat horses given their lack of experience and knowledge of handling them and this creates yet another barrier in improving their standards of welfare.

World Horse Welfare’s project teams have seen many examples where a vet’s closest experiences and training to a horse or donkey is through treating conditions in cattle. Horses suffering from respiratory problems might be administered treatment for lungworm, a disease suffered by cows, even though horses do not contract the disease and their problems are likely caused by any number of other conditions which could be fatal.

In Honduras, World Horse Welfare has been working with local organisations and institutions such as the Veterinary University of Honduras through a project where veterinary students can build their knowledge of equine care and treatment, plus the techniques and skills required in handling them.

The project has also collaborated with SENASA (National Agricultural Health Service) to vaccinate against common infectious diseases and helped in the set up of Honduras’ first ever veterinary conference which was attended by over 450 of the country’s vets.

A horse working on a rubbish dump im Nicaragua Photo: World Horse Welfare.

A horse working on a rubbish dump im Nicaragua Photo: World Horse Welfare.

Daniel Martinez, a student from the National university of Catacamas, Olancho, is just one of the veterinary students who has been supported by World Horse Welfare’s project.

Daniel has been trained about treatment of common equine diseases, horse handling and even some farriery skills and his aim is now to improve the lives of working equids not just through his own work with them but also through passing on his knowledge to other vets and future generations.

World Horse Welfare Director of International, Liam Maguire, said:“Sustainability, collaboration and driving behaviour change are at the heart of our international projects and a vital aspect of this is improving the equine knowledge and capacity of both veterinary students and qualified veterinarians in our programme countries.

“By working directly with veterinarians from around the world, we are confident that the knowledge and skills they learn will be passed on from teacher to student for generations, enabling us to help reach many thousands more working horses, donkeys and mules for years to come.”

The costs of veterinary training are much less than it would be in the UK and just £21 can pay for a day of equine training for one student vet in Latin America. Such a small amount can have a huge impact on improving the welfare of working equids so please visit: www.worldhorsewelfare.org/vetsforhorses to help support our appeal.

Snow Leopardess wins Newbury Grade II final

The 2016/17 Jump season at Newbury Racecourse came to a close today, Saturday, March 25, day two of the Be Wiser Jump Season Finale.

There were two £40,000 contests on the seven-race programme, the first up being the Grade Two EBF & TBA Mares’ National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle Final, a limited handicap over an extended two and a half miles.

It was the grey five-year-old Snow Leopardess (Charlie Longsdon/Aidan Coleman, 11st 1lb, 7/1 joint-favourite) who took the honours, wearing the colours of her owner, Marietta Fox-Pitt.

Snow Leopardess and

Snow Leopardess and Aidan Coleman winning Newbury Grade II final for trainer Charlie Longsdon Photo: Newbury Racecourse

 

Taking up the running two flights from home, Snow Leopardess stayed emab on tenaciously to see off fellow 7/1 joint-favourite Copper Kay (Philip Hobbs/Richard Johnson, 11st 7lb) by four lengths. River Arrow (Tom Symonds/Jamie Moore, 10st 11lb, 25/1) was another length and a half adrift in third with top-weight Tara View (Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson, 11st 10lb, 9/1) a further three and three-quarter lengths back in fourth.

Charlie Longsdon commented: “Snow Leopardess has always been good. I got it totally wrong last time out (when third at Doncaster on February 9). She had a break with her owner over Christmas before I then took her back and gave her a bit of work. I then ran her two weeks later when she was only half fit. It was totally my fault.

“She has had plenty of work since her last run and has won as I hoped she would today. She doesn’t show a lot at home as she is very laidback. I remember there were a few bets going around before she ran in her first bumper whether she would ever win a bumper (she won two). My head lad was very wrong and the lad that rode her out every day was very right. She keeps herself for the racecourse and has a lovely way of going. Onwards and upwards.”

Aidan Coleman added: “I got a lovely run round and she travelled brilliantly. The only bit of worry I had was three out when Noel’s horse (Lamanver Odyssey) looked to run out. To be fair to Snow Leopardess, she has courage and went on and did it well.

“She had a look around in front but is a really nice mare. To be fair to Charlie, if you look at her form, she has been campaigned brilliantly. She won a good bumper at Gowran and ran well in the mares’ race at Aintree last year.

“She loved the ground and is very versatile with everything she does. She has an amazing, laidback temperament and a great attitude.”

Annie aims for top in eventing

AIMING for the top in eventing is West Sussex event rider Annie Forsyth, who is looking for new rides for the 2017 season.  Until now Annie has been campaigning her own two horses, Venette and Toga with great success.
The 2017 eventing season has started well for her,  with local Midhurst business Stockley Outdoor and Equestrian recognising her talent and making her their sponsored rider. Annie is delighted with this company’s support.
She grew up in Easebourne, Midhurst, and is now  based in Loxwood and has the advantage of being trained by both Sarah Millis and Constantin Van Rijckevorsel.
A successful Grand Prix dresssage rider, Sarah is based at Slinfold, near Horsham, and is a member of the World Class Equestrian Elite Coach Apprenticeship Programme.
Constantin, known as Tintin, is three times Belgian Eventing Olympian.
Annie also has the added benefit of being on British Eventing’s  Bridging the Gap with Jill Watson and Lizzel Winter – the training series for riders moving into Advance, 2* & 3*.
Annie Forsyth in action eventing

Annie Forsyth in action eventing

She has started the new season on a high note with a double clear at Tweseldown Horse Trials (Farnham) on Friday March 10 in the British Eventing Open Novice Section. There  she enjoyed competing on the cross country course  which has undergone huge improvements recently, providing exciting new fences and fully utilising the natural terrain.
Annie said “I’m really pleased with Pip’s double clear. On the cross country phase I wasn’t going for the time and was taking it easy as it was Pip’s first run of the season”.
In fact she finished exactly mid field in a 40-strong competitive class full of the top names.  Tweseldown’s entries were like the Who’s Who of Eventing with all the top riders – including William Fox-Pitt and Zara Tindall to name but two, out competing for the beginning of the season.
She set up her own small and friendly yard in Loxwood, on the Sussex/Surrey border a year ago, where she enjoys helping horses reach their full potential.  But Annie is now looking for new rides for the coming 2017 season.
Annie is currently campaigning two of her own horses. Pip ( Venette) is competing at Two Star level and newcomer Toga is aimed at BE100, but she hopes to upgrade him to One Star by the end of the season. Also Annie has regularly competed at Novice and Intermediate level.
Having loved riding since she was three years old, Annie was lucky enough to start competing at the age of 10 for Cowdray Pony Club, coming up through the levels and then she joined British Eventing at 16.
After studying at the Royal Agricultural University Cirencester, where she gained a first class honours degree in International Equine and Agricultural Business Management, Annie decided to pursue her lifelong ambition to be a full-time International Event Rider.  Her sponsor, Stockley Outdoor and Equestrian, has shops in Midhurst and Littlehampton, and has supplied Annie with equipment for sometime.
If you’re looking for a cheerful, enthusiastic and determined young rider with talent to event your horse please get in touch with Annie on 07733 072055 / 07760 390333

Bid on line for lots at Plumpton Charity Raceday

Plumpton’s Charity Raceday on Monday ( March 27) will raise money for the Injured Jockey Fund and auction items and silent auction lots in the hospitality marquee can be bid on in advance by ordinary racegoers until noon on this race, by email to lucy@ijf.org.uk

Exciting action plus auction at Plumpton on Monday Photo: Jeannie Knight

Exciting action plus auction at Plumpton on Monday Photo: Jeannie Knight

These lots will be available to bid on, by email, to lucy@ijf.org.uk, until noon on Monday ( March 27 ). Those in marquee hospitality, will be able to bid on the auction items after lunch. Any racegoer can bid on the silent auction, between 2:30 and 4:00pm, in the marquee reception.

Successful email bidders will be contacted by IJF for payment on Tuesday.

Successful bidders on the day must make payment, in full, by cash, cheque or card, in the marquee reception, at the close of both auctions.

Auction Items are:

Weekend camping ticket to the Walled Garden Festival, Brightling Park, on 14th- 16th July 2017 with music from top bands including Ultimate Elton and the Rocket Band, the Illegal Eagles, ABC, Embrace and Beverley Craven

Goodwood Racecourse package including 4 Richmond Enclosure admission badges, car park 5 pass and lunch in the Charlton Restaurant for any raceday (except the Qatar Festival)

Racing cartoon picture by Darren Birdie.

Memorabilia from the ‘Race of Champion’s’ between John Francome and Lester Piggot at Warwick Racecourse on the 18th May 1985. Includes photographs, number cloths signed by both jockeys and the Winner’s Rug.

Jockey experience at the British Racing School including breakfast, a tour of the school, watching some of the students training followed by a simulator experience under the guidance of a jockey coach.

4 members passes to the Longines International Gold Cup at Hickstead, Saturday 30th July

Silent Auction
Plumpton Racecourse annual membership

Annual grandstand season pass for Sandown Park including feature days and music nights, valid for all racing fixtures

Sandown flat racing season ticket, including feature days and music nights, valid for flat racing fixtures only

Morning on the gallops at Seven Barrows courtesy of Nicky Henderson

Morning on the gallops at Cisswood Stables courtesy of Gary Moore

Fascinator made by CrownJules

Morning on the gallops with Nick Gifford and tickets to Plumpton or Fontwell

Morning on the gallops at Shovelstrode Stables courtesy of Zoe Davison, followed by breakfast and racing at Lingfield Park

6 premier tickets to any fixture at the ARC course of your choice in 2017

£100 Royal Ashdown golf course voucher

£100 Smith & Western restaurant vouchers

2 tickets to the Galway Festival

Windsor 2017 annual membership

Fontwell annual membership

Years’ subscription to Horse & Hound magazine

Newbury racecourse annual membership

Days’ hunting with the ESRM (including horse if required)

The space hoppers from the Grand Hop Gold Cup will be autographed by their jockeys and auctioned off as part of the Silent Auction during the afternoon.

Students celebrate fundraising success

A group of equine students studying at Brinsbury Campus, Chichester College ran a highly successful fundraising event recently, achieving £500 for worthy charity Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony fund. It was part of their event management course and supported this fund.
The special gala evening consisted of equine demonstrations, talks and a tack sale, with all money raised donated to this outstanding cause, where it will help finance research into finding a cure for bone cancer.
The college’s equine department is extremely successful and its team of four students, Amy Chittenden, Lydia Hughes, Delphine Sparks-Welch and Emily Boyce, won an intercollege college competition last year.
The department’s facilities include indoor stabling, an indoor arena with training mirrors and cameras, outdoor all-weather arenas, cross-country schooling fences and new laboratory facilities.
Brinsbury students line up with one of their horses, celebrating their fundraising success Photo: Jeannie Knight

Brinsbury students line up with one of their horses, celebrating their fundraising success Photo: Jeannie Knight

Brinsbury equine students go on to work in stables, riding schools, animal welfare, equine healthcare and  nhave many other exciting opportunities. There is also the option to continue their studies through apprenticeships and university courses and range of courses through to Advanced Diploma levels is available.
Their chosen charity was founded by horse lover Hannah Francis who was dianosedlast year with aggressive bone cancer, called osteosarcoma, in her pelvis, right hip joing, lower spine and lungs.
Hannah had ridden horses all her life and when she became ill she was given a cuddly toy she named as Willberry.
Donations flooded in and Hannah directed it into  cancer charities.  There was such a huge groundswell of support as she told her story, that as fast as money came in,
Hannah sent it straight back out to support different cancer charities. Then she sed the money as an opportunity to help other people living with the dreadful disease by setting up her formal charity.
The charity aims to support vital research into osteosarcoma and to grant equine related wishes to seriously ill people and their families.
It was a very appropriate charity for the Brinsbury students to choose, since Hannah was devoted to horses and riding .