Leading names are all showing their support including two Eventing World Champions Ros Canter and Zara Tindall, Olympic Gold Medallists Carl Hester & Scott Brash and racing legends AP McCoy and Frankie Dettori. LATEST: 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 Heroes.
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 (see below).
Each day two members of each team will take part in a daily challenge. The five challenges, which are; On the Gallops, Plankety Plank, Horse Drawn, Showstopper and Dark Horse will test our riders skills physically, creatively and artistically. Much 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 will be run through the Liverpool International Horse Show social media accounts. Handles for these are:
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 long standing Bolesworth supporters Equerry, Equitop and Horse Scout – who have all made generous contributions to get us started.”
The campaign will also be launching a charity auction On Monday 6 April with a host of ‘money can’t buy’ experiences up for grabs! Bid for the chance to get one on one with some of our equestrian celebrities for an exclusive Q&A session online, go behind the scenes with ITV racing, or even bid for a round of golf with AP McCoy and Oli Bell. The paintings produced by the teams in the Horse Drawn challenge will also be included in the auction lots!
Zara Tindall (above) said:
“It’s a very challenging time for the equestrian community right now with so many people affected in so many ways. Being a high-risk activity, we also have a responsibility to minimise the impact on the NHS who are valiantly working to support the nation and save lives. Taking part in Equestrian Relief and knowing that donations are going directly to help NHS workers on the frontline makes it a no-brainer for me. I am happy to be part of this campaign and look forward to seeing just how much we can raise”.
Frankie Dettori said:
“I am super excited to announce that I will be taking part in Plankety Plank and Bake Off Easter Showstopper all in aid of Equestrian Relief. It’s going to be great fun, however we are all very competitive so I can’t wait to get started – so please make sure you support us!”
Scott Brash said:
“All over the country we are coming together to support the phenomenal NHS staff during these very challenging times. As a strong equestrian community we must stay united in the battle against Covid19 and we are hopeful that Equestrian Relief can make a huge impact in raising funds directly to support those who are putting their own lives at risk to help others. Let the challenges commence and please make sure you support us and give what you can to this incredible cause.”
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
Virgin Money Giving Link: bit.ly/EquestrianRelief2020
ABOUT THE TEAMS
AP McCoy – Racing legend, Champion Jump Jockey (a record 20 consecutive times) and BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2010
Frankie Dettori – Racing Legend and Three-time Champion Flat Jockey
Mike Bushell – BBC Sports Presenter and star of Strictly Come Dancing
Oli Bell – ITV Racing Presenter
Ros Canter- Current World Champion
Zara Tindall – Former World and European Champion plus Sports Personality 2006
Oliver Townend – Current World Number One
Alex Hua Tian – First rider to represent China in Equestrian at the Olympics
Ben Hobday – Current British Open Champion
William Whitaker – international Showjumper and former Youth European Gold medallist
Geoff Billington – Two-time Olympian (Atlanta 1996 & Sydney 2000)
Ellen Whitaker – European Bronze medallist
Harry Charles – international rider on the Global Champions Tour and Son of Olympic Gold medallist Peter Charles
Anthony Condon – Irish International Showjumper
Scott Brash – Olympic Gold medallist
Shane Breen – Irish International Showjumper
Daisy Bunn – Director at Hickstead, TV Presenter and Classical Singer
Jessica Mendoza – former European youth gold medallist
Jay Halim – International Showjumper
Carl Hester – Olympic Gold medallist
Richard Davison – Four-time Olympian
Gareth Hughes – World Silver medallist
Toni Terry – Dressage Rider and wife of Chelsea Footballer John Terry
Sarah Higgins – International Dressage rider