Horse Vets United – get involved for a great cause!

By Larissa Chapman

Event diary

20 July 2012 10:07

A group of equine vets from various practices are getting together under the name of "Horse Vets United" to raise funds for Derek Knottenbelt's Horsepower 2012 appeal and their chosen challenge is a 32km trek on horseback.

On Sunday 19th August, 150 riders will undertake an endurance trek through the beautiful South Derbyshire countryside, setting off at any time between 10am and 2pm.

The group would like to extend an invitation to you - the only criteria is that you have a horse capable of doing the job (it's largely flat terrain and just 32km!). Organisers would like people to aim to raise £150 for the cause, but if this isn’t possible- Don’t panic! A minimum contribution of £40 is suggested and you have right up until the day of the ride itself to gather your sponsorship. Just bring whatever you've raised along on the day and get riding!
There’s also a 10 mile trek if people want a shorter route – simply tell the organisers which one you want to do and they’ll give you the appropriate map. And to make sure everyone can join in, there’s a three mile ride for the children, with prizes hidden along the route for them to find.

There’ll be a horse watering and rider refreshment stop at the half-way point of the longer ride. Both 10 mile and 20 mile routes will be well marshalled so no need to bring your own team.

The trek will be almost exclusively on bridle paths and fields with only a very short stretch of road, meaning it’s suited to all standards of rider, even the most novice amongst us.

So if the idea of being a part of this fun filled event excites you, visit the site below to find out more about this incredibly deserving cause – and fill out the application form ASAP!

Oh, and as if you needed any further inducement to become a United Horse Vet, there’ll be a barbeque, refreshments, an ice-cream stall and a raffle (with some really juicy prizes!)

Mease farm, Lullington (where the ride starts and ends) is at the very geographic centre of England and the roads are great. Parking and turning space at the farm is very generous, too.

So what are you waiting for? Let's get together and do something great!