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Local riders invited to join endurance trek across three counties

Up to 150 local horse riders are set to take part in a trek through the National Forest to raise funds for working animals in the developing world. The fundraiser takes place on Sunday 19 August and organisers are inviting local riders to get involved in the unique challenge.

Setting off anytime between 10.00am and 1.30pm from Mease Farm in Edingale, riders will trek across 10 or 20 miles of stunning countryside (or three miles for children), all in aid of international animal charity SPANA.

The trek will be almost exclusively across mostly flat bridle paths and fields, and should be suitable for all riders including novices. The only entry criteria are that participants raise as much in sponsorship as they can and have a horse capable of completing the course.

Gil Riley of Pool House Equine Vets in Lichfield is one of the Horse Vets United team behind the event. Gil said: “We came up with the idea earlier this year and weren’t sure how popular it would be with local riders, but we’ve been completely overwhelmed by the response. 150 riders trekking across south Derbyshire and beyond will be quite a sight.

“Places are filling up very quickly, so we’d urge anyone excited by the idea of meeting up with fellow riders, enjoying the fantastic countryside and raising funds for a really worthwhile cause to get in touch right away!”

SPANA’s chief executive, Jeremy Hulme, said: “We’re so grateful to Gil and the Horse Vets United team for their dedication and ambition in organising an event on such an incredible scale.

“Across the developing world up to 200 million horses, donkeys, mules and camels are used in place of trucks and tractors – it can be backbreaking work and many lack access to even basic veterinary care. SPANA provides free vet treatments for around 400,000 sick and injured working animals every year. And thanks to the Horse Vets United team, we’ll be able to help many more.”

The Horse Vets United trek will end back at Mease Farm where riders will enjoy a well earned social event, with barbeque, refreshments and a fundraising raffle.

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