Saddling up for fundraising ride

An equestrian centre will be hosting a special fundraising relay to celebrate the role of horses in supporting the wellbeing of riders during the pandemic.

Rachel Lambert-Jones, Annabel Bolton and Star get ready for The Great Horse for Health Relay at The Cavalier Centre near Much Wenlock
Rachel Lambert-Jones, Annabel Bolton and Star get ready for The Great Horse for Health Relay at The Cavalier Centre near Much Wenlock

National event The Great Horse for Health Relay is being organised to show how much the animals have supported human mental health.

The ride will be pass through Shropshire between July 25 and August 2 and there will be a baton handover at the Cavalier Centre near Much Wenlock on July 25.

The riders will be greeted by staff and volunteers at the centre situated in Farley.

Riders from Wales will pass the baton to Shropshire riders who will follow a route along the Jack Mytton bridleway via Llanfair Waterdine, Clun, Plowden, Church Stretton and on to Much Wenlock.

They will be promoting road safety awareness and equine rescue and welfare along the way.

Organiser Sophie Gifford said: “My Irish cob Jack helped me cope with the mental challenges of the Covid pandemic and I was inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore to start a community event which would highlight the positive effects an equine can have on your well-being whilst also raising money for horse welfare.

"This ride is for everyone who loves horses and has experienced the positive impact they have on your mental well-being.”

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