The event will see over 9,000 equestrian enthusiasts flock to the Osberton Estate in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, for five days of Dressage, Cross Country and Showjumping as well as a whole host of other attractions.
Brooke will have a presence throughout the event, including a trade stand (number 54!) with information on the charity and on Saturday and Sunday a special ‘Me and My Horse’ stand, which will provide equestrian enthusiasts with a new way of celebrating the bond between people and their horses. People can share pictures of them and their horses to a photo wall, which will be displayed at Osberton and other events. Also, look out for the ‘Brooke Brush’ fence, number 22 in the 2* class.
On the evening of Friday 29 September, Brooke’s Patron and newsreader Alastair Stewart will be hosting only the second ever Equestrian of Sport, in aid of Brooke. This live quiz show sponsored by Investec will see teams headed up by Harry Meade and Jonty Evans, testing their knowledge of all things equestrian. Brooke will receive proceeds from this event, which will help fund its work helping vulnerable horses and donkeys.
Hope and Glory Tea, which has a partnership with Brooke, will also be attending and donating a split of proceeds to the charity from tea sales.
Osberton International Horse Trials is the 4th largest three-day event in the world. It is particularly famous for the KBIS Young Horse Championships where attendees regularly get a chance to see future Olympic and Championship Event horses strut their stuff.
Event Director Stuart Buntine commented:
“We are delighted to be supporting Brooke at Osberton, a charity which works tirelessly to improve the lives of working horses across the world. It is a fitting partnership and I’m sure it will prove successful.”
Brooke specialises in protecting and improving the lives of working horses and donkeys in developing countries, where people rely on those animals to earn a living and support their families.
Their current campaign, How The Other Horse Lives, highlights the stark differences between the daily lives of working equines in the developing world and horses in the UK, looking at the welfare issues that affect both.
Petra Ingram, Brooke’s Chief Executive, said:
We’re delighted to have been chosen as Osberton’s chosen charity. It’s a packed five days that as well as the usual Eventing activities, will have displays from Britain’s working shire horses and carriage driving horses, and they’re a constant reminder of how much the U.K. once relied on horses and donkeys for agriculture and transport.
We’re looking forward to meeting visitors at our stand and sharing stories about how these animals are still supporting people’s lives across the globe, and how Brooke is improving welfare standards for working equines in the developing world.