Rescue horses are heading to Equifest this weekend, with some taking part in the RSPCA and PRP Rescue Services Rescue Horse/Pony of the Year class.
Running for its sixth year, the competition is always packed with entries and the classes. Held on Saturday 12 August, it's open to rescue horses from all charities and equine rescue organisations, as well as to those who have rescued a horse or pony themselves.
There will be six in-hand and ridden classes for rescue horses and ponies, and those placed in the top spots will secure a place in the championship held later in the evening, where one lucky horse or pony will be crowned Rescue Horse or Pony of the Year.
A team from the RSPCA, including equine inspectors, rehoming officers and grooms, will give visitors the opportunity to find out more about the charity's work. They'll also bring with them a gang of RSPCA rescue horses and ponies looking for homes.
Chief inspector Cathy Hyde, who heads the RSPCA’s specialist equine team, said: “Once again we are really looking forward to being a part of Equifest. We really hope visitors and competitors will come along and meet some of our horses at the event who are looking for homes.
"In past years we’ve matched up lots of adopters with their perfect ponies and we are always overwhelmed by the support and interest we receive from people at the event.
“The whole event is a celebration of rescue horses and ponies across the country who have been through incredibly tough times but survived and flourished thanks to the brilliant work of equine charities and sanctuaries, and their new adopters."