Following lots of excitement over the weekend, ITV Racing Presenter Alice Plunkett, who was due to be a celebrity judge for one of the challenges, has formed her own team. She has called upon fellow sports presenters Rishi Persad, Nick Luck, Luke Harvey and Emma Spencer to join in on the action and help raise vital funds for our NHS Heros.
Not wanting to be left out, members of the England Polo team have also come onboard to challenge our Olympic riders and racing legends for the crown. Mark Tomlinson, Jack Richardson, Malcolm Borwick, Tom Morley and leading lady rider Hazel Jackson will take on the five Equestrian Relief challenges in a bid to outshine the other teams.
‘Equestrian Relief’ is the exciting new fundraising campaign that has captured the imagination of the horse world. It aims to raise money and change lives, with donations going directly to support the efforts of the wonderful work being carried out by the NHS.
More will be revealed over the coming days so make sure you join in the fun at 7pm each evening from Monday 6 April – Monday 13 April where our daily highlights will be broadcast across all the Liverpool International Horse Show channels and all info can be found at www.equestrianrelief.com
The campaign is also launching a charity auction starting Monday 6 April with a host of fabulous items up for grabs! Bid for the chance to get one a fabulous item donated by some of our equestrian celebrities and sponsors. These exclusive lots include a pair of Frankie Dettori Breeches signed by the legend himself, one of only three limited edition prints of Scott Brash’s former top horses Hello Sanctos & Ursula which will be signed, the chance to join Alice Plunkett & William Fox-Pitt for dinner (six people), score yourself a signed Mike Tindall rugby shirt or even bid for a round of golf with Sir AP McCoy & Oli Bell, plus lots more. And don’t forget the paintings produced by the teams in the Horse Drawn challenge will also be included in the auction lots!
Rachel Lugo, Real Housewives of Cheshire star, has joined the Racing team and what’s more she has offered up an amazing prize, giving people the chance to spend the day with Rachel and some of her co-stars.
Said Nina Barbour, Bolesworth Managing Director: “Our priority is to unite the horse world to support our health workers and our goal is to raise a sum of money that will make a real difference. All donations will go directly to NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Crisis Fund – supporting NHS staff and volunteers on the frontline as they work under pressure and in the most challenging of circumstances.”
“We’ve already got some fabulous sponsors on-board – including Bolesworth supporters Al Shira’aa, Aztec Diamond Equestrian, Equerry, Equitop and Horse Scout – who have all made generous contributions and we’re thrilled to say that we’ve got off to a fantastic start.”
Mohamed Al Owais, Director Al Shira’aa Stables said “Al Shiraa stables respects all the doctors, nurses and hospital staff that are putting their own lives in danger to help with the Coronavirus epidemic and therefore we are happy to contribute to the brave people that are in the forefront in defeating this virus and saving lives.”
Alice Plunkett said: “Equestrian Relief is such a fantastic initiative. I just couldn’t wait to pull together a team. It’s a great opportunity to have lots of fun and raise money for a fabulous cause – whilst adhering to all of the guidelines that are currently in place. Please make sure you support us!”
Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together said: “Every person on our team and NHS teams throughout the country, are playing a vital role in being there for others during this emergency. Please join in with the Equestrian Relief team effort by showing your appreciation, gratitude and solidarity for our NHS workers who are responding heroically to the biggest challenge the NHS has ever faced’.
To donate and for details of the Equestrian Relief campaign visit www.equestrianrelief.com