Sunday 19th of March 2023

Rescue Horse Classes at Royal Norfolk Show

World Horse Welfare showing 1

Rescue horses and ponies will be putting their best hooves forward at the 2016 Royal Norfolk Show to compete in brand new showing classes.



Rescue horses and ponies will be putting their best hooves forward at the 2016 Royal Norfolk Show to compete in brand new showing classes dedicated to rehomed equines and sponsored by charity, World Horse Welfare.

The new ‘rescue’ section of showing classes has been introduced to highlight the work carried out by equine charities in rescuing and rehabilitating horses before finding them new homes where they can reach their full potential. In addition, World Horse Welfare will also host a new ‘Rescue Village’ at the show where visitors can meet a selection of rescue horses and ponies from local charities which are currently looking for new homes.

Each rescue class will be split by the equine’s age and whether they are ridden or in-hand and will be judged based on their performance, condition but also on their story which all entrants are required to submit. 

Mark Nicholas, Show Director at the Royal Norfolk Show said:

“We’re delighted to introduce this new focus on rescue horses with World Horse Welfare and really feel it will be yet another highlight to add to the show’s packed programme. The new classes will provide a fantastic showcase for those rescue horses that have been through incredibly tough times, yet thanks to their will to survive and the dedication of welfare charities they are now thriving in new homes and careers.”

World Horse Welfare Deputy Chief Executive, Tony Tyler said:

“We’re pleased to be supporting the Royal Norfolk with these new classes and are delighted that they have identified rescue horses as an additional highlight at the show. Not only does it help raise awareness of rehoming, but also gives those who have rehomed from charities the opportunity to show just how fantastic and rewarding it can be. World Horse Welfare alone has over 1,700 horses and ponies out in loving homes across the country so we’re urging as many people as possible to take part in these classes and put rehoming well and truly in the spotlight at this year’s Royal Norfolk.” 

World Horse Welfare showing 2

World Horse Welfare has named 2016 the year to highlight the world’s invisible horses who often suffer in silence as people either cannot or choose not to see them. The year-long campaign will highlight the plight of these horses, making them ‘visible’ so they can receive the care and protection they so desperately need with the first quarter of the year aimed at highlighting the number of foals born into uncertain futures and the wide-reaching impact this has on horse welfare. 

From the horses left in barns and stables for weeks on end, to those working many hours every day on the streets of Choluteca in Honduras or Cape Town in South Africa who go unnoticed by governments and policymakers, to the horses transported long distances across borders to be slaughtered or to face uncertain futures and those who sadly are sometimes found too late. The charity will be focussing on a number of key themes as the year progresses including; foals and youngsters, rescue and rehoming, working horses around the world and campaigning to improve laws to protect horses. 

To find out more about the rescue classes visit Royal Norfolk Show.

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