Posted on Friday, June 14, 2019 by Sasha Melia
British dressage star Carl Hester brought the curtain down on day one at the Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show with a stylish victory.
Gloucestershire-based Carl, one of the sport’s biggest names, won the Intermediate 1 freestyle to music class, sponsored by British Dressage.
Riding Brioso, a score of 78.520% saw him head up a 14-strong field, with Portugal’s Luis Principe taking second spot aboard R.S Raphael on 75.800%.
Jessica Dunn and Alicante Valley secured third with a score of 74.205%, just in front of fourth-placed Alice Oppenheimer and Headmore Davina on 74.165%.
Cheshire rider Sarah Higgins dominated the British Dressage Advanced Medium class, sponsored by Rawson Digital, as she continued a rich vein of form.
Sarah, who is based an hour away from Bolesworth in Knutsford, finished first and second.
She topped the leaderboard on 10-year-old gelding Elixer after posting a score of 70.526%, and filled the runners-up spot with Easter Bunny II on 68.947%.
Third place went to Emma Woolley, riding Retro Hit, on 68.882%.
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by Sasha Melia
Lincolnshire-based equine charity, Bransby Horses, is hosting their 44th annual Summer Fayre on Sunday 2nd June 2019. Last year, the Summer Fayre attracted a record number of visitors and it is hoped the Fayre this year will be another success for the charity. For many in the area, it is a chance to visit the local gem, take the family for a day out and meet some of the 400 animals the charity looks after across 600 acres of beautiful countryside.
Entry to Bransby Horses is free and the charity has confirmed they will have more activities than ever this year. There will be horse demonstrations, a trailer training and loading demonstration, a riding team display, falconry, children’s play zone, arts and crafts, a dog show, dog agility display, shopping (including a second hand tack sale), glitter tattoos, charity stands, a barbecue and a wide selection of food available. There will also be the usual picturesque walkways available to enjoy a stroll, so families can visit some of the horses, donkeys and mules who are living there.
Visitors can travel by car as there is plenty of parking (suggested donation £1) but Stagecoach will also be providing a free local bus service from Lincoln City Centre Bus Station which runs through Saxilby and stops at the Visitor Centre at Bransby Horses. Bus times and stop details can be found here https://bransbyhorses.co.uk/event/summer-fayre-2/?instance_id=222
Having celebrated their 50th anniversary last year, the charity has also recently confirmed they have almost reached 1,000 equines in their care. More than 400 equines living on site and 500 rehomed but continuing to receive support from the charity. In fact, last year alone, the charity helped rescue and rehabilitate 93 horses, donkeys and mules showing how the role of public support continues to be pivotal to the continuation of the work the charity do.
Vicky Varney, Event Coordinator at Bransby Horses said: “The Summer Fayre is quite honestly one of my favourite events of the year as it brings our team and animals together with neighbours, supporters, animal-lovers and families looking for a fun day out. It is a really good community event and as well as raising money for us to continue our work, it gives us the chance to catch up with friends and meet new people, share our knowledge and lots of our stories. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the support of the public and we are always touched by the distance some people travel to visit us. Thank you everyone!”
For further information please visit www.bransbyhorses.co.uk
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