Equifest, the UK’s largest equestrian event, held at the East of England Arena and Events Centre, August 29 – September 1, is excited to welcome and support the introduction of RESS Rescue Village with the leading equine charities – bringing horses and ponies to compete.
Created and organised by Cathy Hyde, a specialist in this area, working previously with the RSPCA and now BHS, The Rescue Village at Equifest will continue to bring a number of rescue horses and ponies to the event, which will compete in the Rescue Classes on August 31.
Visitors to the show will have the opportunity to meet with the horses and ponies, hear their sometimes difficult rescue histories and see first-hand the hard and sometimes challenging work that the equine charities put in to rehabilitating victims of cruelty and neglect. Most importantly, the Rescue Village will be aiming to find new, loving homes for all the horses and ponies it brings to the show.
Cathy Hyde explained why the Rescue Village is so important, saying, “It’s a sad reflection that there are increasing numbers of horses and ponies that are needing to be rescued as a result of both cruelty and neglect. The aim of the Rescue Equine Showing Society is to promote the rescue horse or pony as a first consideration for someone who is looking for a horse. We can demonstrate that rescue horses and ponies can be successful in all areas: as a companion, for hacking and for competition work as well.”