Bishop Burton College was delighted to team up with Atkinson Action Horses for a spectacular event to raise funds to combat the devastation caused by Australia’s bushfires.
The sold out event took place on Saturday, 15 February, with 100% of the ticket price being donated to the Australian Red Cross and to WIRES – Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation.
Bishop Burton’s Chief Executive and Principal, Bill Meredith, said: “I’m delighted we are able to support these incredibly worthwhile causes. As well as providing the venue, our staff and students volunteered alongside the Atkinson Action Horses team.
“We were amazed by the generosity of our guests, who came from across the country. They helped us to raise a staggering £11,000. It was wonderful to see them enjoying the spectacular event.”
Atkinson Action Horses, based in Eastrington in East Yorkshire, have provided highly trained horses and riders for Poldark, Victoria, Peaky Blinders, Emmerdale, Great Yorkshire Show, Horse of the Year Show and much more.
Horse trainer and rider Ben Atkinson said: “We just knew we had to do something to help the people and wildlife impacted by the catastrophic events in Australia.
“The team, horses and I couldn’t have had a better place to train and perform than at Bishop Burton Equine Centre with their world-class equestrian facilities. The relationship we have with the College was invaluable in allowing us to turn around an event so quickly and professionally.
“The event itself has been fantastic and I’m overwhelmed by the amount of money we’ve been able to raise. We’re so grateful to everyone for making this event possible.”
The event featured a range of equestrian disciplines including classical dressage, liberty training and trick riding. Joining Ben in Bishop Burton Arena were Katharine Pickering, Candice Carbine, Oliver Phillips, Mia Rodley and Mikayla Jade.
Mikayla Jade, who is a performing artist originally from Brisbane, Australia, has worked on productions such as Wonder Woman 1984, Game of Thrones and Maleficent: Mistress of Evil since arriving in the UK in 2018.
Mikayla said: “As an Aussie so far from home I felt a bit helpless with everything that was going on. As soon as I heard the team was doing a charity event raising money for Australia I knew I wanted to be involved. I was lucky enough to be asked to trick ride in the show segment. I was so honoured to be a part of this incredible event.
“Bishop Burton’s Equine Centre is stunning. It’s somewhere I’ve seen online so many times now but to actually get to see it all in person was pretty cool. The College has some incredibly lucky students!”
As well as 100% of the ticket price going to the charities, a raffle with over £1500 worth of prizes was held at the event. As well as the College and Atkinson Action Horses, prizes were donated by
Black Heart Equestrian, British Dressage, Equergy, Equilibrium Partners, Great Yorkshire Show, Horse and Country TV, Horse and Hound, Horse of the Year Show, Lincoln Horse Care, Millbry Hill, R&R Country, and Willerby Hill Riding School.
Bishop Burton College runs a wide range of further education courses and degrees in subjects including agriculture, animal management, equine, engineering, sport and floristry. It also runs a variety of courses specifically for adults who want to improve their education or learn a new skill.
For more information about events at Bishop Burton, or the range of courses it runs, visit www.bishopburton.ac.uk.