Bramham International Horse Trials has chosen The Fire Fighters Charity as its partner this year.
Charity representatives together with the Fire and Rescue Services from Yorkshire and Humberside region will be on-event raising awareness of their work with horses and fundraising towards the £9 million annual target.
The Fire Fighters Charity supports 66,000 serving fire fighters plus control room staff, fire service support staff, retired fire fighters, and their families.
Every 30 seconds in the UK, fire fighters are called to an incident, putting their lives on the line and often sustaining physical injury in the line of duty. Many more go through emotional trauma after rescuing people in desperate situations. The Charity has three state-of-the-art residential rehabilitation centres. Run by dedicated teams of professionals, these centres offer a range of treatments to help people recover from or learn to live with their injury, trauma or illness, often helping fire fighters return to work after career-threatening injuries.
As well as Bramham’s own milestone birthday, The Fire Fighters Charity celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2013 so there’s much to celebrate on top of the three major competition titles up for grabs in the Equi-Trek CCI***, the BETA CIC*** and the Bishop Burton College Under 25 CCI***.
Bramham organisers report preparations are on track for this year’s 40th anniversary event, from June 6 to 9.
The tradestand area will be boosted this year by the charity, as the local specialist large animal rescue units will be showing how they support the equine community. They will be demonstrating techniques on how they rescue horses from various scenarios, talking visitors through these rescues step by step and offering vehicle safety advice.
As well as the eventing competitions, the event hosts top-flight show jumping, showing classes, young horse sections and Pony Club show jumping and mounted games.
Regional Fundraiser for the Fire Fighters Charity, Chrissie Fielden, has experienced first-hand the professional care provided by the Fire Fighters Charity.
“Whilst working for a Fire and Rescue Service in 2011, I had a very unspectacular fall off my young horse Bob. Having been airlifted to hospital I was told I had broken my neck. I received specialist residential rehabilitation at the Fire Fighters Charity centre in Penrith which not only put me back on my feet, but helped me come to terms with the life-changing effects of my accident. I will be forever grateful for the professional and individual care I received at Jubilee House,” Fielden said.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of the Fire Fighters Charity and to help us raise money so we can continue to make a real difference to the lives of people within the fire community.”