The team at Gloucestershire based horse trainers Hesteyri Horses are embarking on a mammoth charity ride starting on 11 June, and they hope to raise lots of money for charity while they’re at it.
The Great Adventure starts at John O’Groats and takes in the whole length of Great Britain, ending at Land’s End six weeks later, with around 30 miles ridden each day. It's a feat that's only been attempted three times before.
Three very worthy charities are being supported by the ride - The Dogs Trust, The Racehorse Sanctuary and The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, which offers young people the chance to sail, regardless of their ability or background.
Three lovely horses are being used for the journey and they’ll be rotated regularly so they all get rest periods.
Flicker is 22 but still raring to go! He's a Connemara x Arab and stands 13.2hh. Flicker was a show jumping pony but had been passed around from home to home as he was tricky to ride due to his speedy mentality. He finally made it to Hesteyri and now he’s a member of the family there. At his peak Flicker was jumping 1.10m tracks - now he just does the occasional show jumping round and enjoys long hacks around the local area.
Phoenix is 17 and the breeding on her passport says full Arab, however the team at Hesteyri suspect she may have a bit of a mix going on. Phoenix was purchased from a lovely local yard who had rescued her from an abusive alcoholic, and because of this she was scared and not very trusting of people. She had a brief foray into being a pony club pony, however she prefers hacking. Now Phoenix is very loving and much happier being a part of the family.
Amadeus is 15. He is a Morgan horse standing at 15hh. Amadeus belonged to some very close friends of Hesteyri Horses who had him from a youngster. When he reached the backing age he went to the centre to be started. He was always a bit of a tricky ride, preferring to spend most of his time doing hand stands and so in 2014 he was gifted to Hesteyri. Since then he has mainly show jumped but he’s now having a having rest from that in order to join in with The Great Adventure.
So far, £1,577 has been donated in advance of the ride and if you want to get involved, click the links below.
Anyone donating £20 or more will be entered into a prize draw and, if you want to be even more generous you can donate over £50 and receive a team shirt to say thank you. The adventure has plenty of support including that of Olympic eventer Jonty Evans and the company Horse Health.
Hesteyri Horses is committed to providing the best possible experience for horses, regardless of what issues they may have. Services include backing, training, sales, competing, groundwork and rehabilitation. They also rescue and re-home horses.
To find out more about the adventure visit: www.hesteyrihorses.co.uk/the-great-adventure
To donate to support these causes and The Great Adventure, please visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hesteyri-horses.
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