Rescue horses and dogs centre-stage for show

Vanessa Bee, founder of the International Horse Agility Club
Vanessa Bee, founder of the International Horse Agility Club. © IHAC

Horses and dogs who did not always have the best start in life will be centre-stage for the 2012 Brooke Rescue Horse and Dog Show.

The Brooke, a charity that provides veterinary care for working equines in some of the world’s poorest communities, says this year’s event promises to be the best ever, following the success of the last seven years on the horse and dog show calendar.

This year’s show is set for Sunday, August 12, and will return to Chevithorne Barton, near Tiverton, by kind permission of Michael and Arabella Heathcoat Amory.

After seven years of attracting spectators and participants to this unique show in Devon, the organisers say they have an exciting and fun-filled event planned for this year.

Participants are drawn from the owners and handlers of horses and dogs who have suffered a traumatic earlier life but have recovered sufficiently to show off their new-found confidence.

“Every year more local rescue charities and individuals bring their horses and dogs along to enjoy the fun, so it’s a format with increasing appeal,” said co-organiser Penny Woollams.

For spectators, it is  an opportunity to enjoy the action-packed antics of classes including; judge’s favourite horse; best young handler; best veteran, and of course that perennial crowd pleaser, the dog agility.

The show is blessed by having in its line-up Vanessa Bee of the International Horse Agility Club.

Vanessa’s innovative and intelligent work with nervous horses is now well known among horse folk, but by creating Horse Agility as a sport, Vanessa enables participants to strengthen the bond between horse and handler further, while having a huge amount of fun.

Free of the usual gadgets and tack, the horse is unrestrained and is guided around a course of obstacles by the handler. This is quite a spectacle and Vanessa will be running an open competition at the show to demonstrate the sport.

There will also be special stalls, fun and games for children, equine car boots, and delicious refreshments. The show opens at 10.30 with the first parade at 11am.

The show is, as always, in aid of The Brooke, a charity that has been in operation for 78 years providing veterinary care for working equines in some of the world’s poorest communities.

The Brooke’s work is in greater demand than ever. Despite mechanisation and emerging global development, horse and donkey power remains the chief resource for poverty-stricken people in places such as India, North Africa and South America. With its network of mobile veterinary teams, The Brooke cares for nearly one million working animals every year, thereby helping the millions of people who rely on them for their own survival.

Entry to the show is £5 per car. Dogs can be entered for classes (open to non-rescued animals too) on the day, but horse entries must be received in advance.


Show programmes and details are available from the show secretary: Jane Schofield email tel. 01884 861181, or Penny Woollams email tel. 07970 821017. Also on Facebook: Brooke Supporters Devon


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