Jonty Evans has less than 48 hours to raise funds for his horse

Time is running out for event rider Jonty Evans and his bid to crowd fund for his horse, Cooley Rorkes Drift (known as Art to his friends).

Jonty has just under 48 hours to raise £500,000 to secure the sale of his Rio Olympic ride. 

The Irish eventer has been calling on members of the public to help him raise funds for his Olympic ride and has so far raised over £420,000 through the crowd funding website and a further £27,000 through an auction.

Jonty has ridden and trained Cooley Rorkes Drift (known as Art to his friends) since he was a five year old. He was bred in Ireland and bought by the current owners at the Monart/Going For Gold Sale in Ireland in 2010. 

Speaking about his decision to crowd fund for Art, Jonty said: "I have, I hope, produced him to be a balanced and educated horse and in return he has given me his all, he is clever, talented and has an almost human brain.

"He’s my best friend – he is part of our family and my small team and my wife have put huge effort into helping me at every turn. Unfortunately, the success that Art and I have achieved has not gone unnoticed, and there have been some huge offers made for him to be sold.

"As you can imagine, from my point of view, selling my best mate had never entered my head. It's been an horrific few months wondering if he will be sold, and praying that a solution might be found.

"We have some funding pledged, but we are short of the goal, the only solution we have left is to try a Crowdfunding campaign."

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