The Animal Health Trust has been named as the Olympia Horse Show’s 2013 charity of the year.
Each year the show supports a charity, and previous charities selected by the show include the Ebony Horse Club, The Horse Trust and World Horse Welfare. However, this year organisers felt that they wanted to support the AHT and the exceptional work that it carries out.
The AHT works behind the scenes constantly monitoring equine disease around the world, identifying threats to the British equine population and putting in place robust plans to head off infectious disease wherever possible. In addition to its disease surveillance work, the AHT undertakes extensive on-going research into minimising the risk of injury to sports horses.
Jo Peck, Marketing Director for the Olympia Horse Show, said the afternoon performance on Wednesday, December 18, would be dedicated to the Animal Health Trust, and 50p from every seat sold will go to the AHT.
One of the AHT’s key roles will be to host the Shopping Drop Off Point. With an entire hall dedicated to shopping at the event, visitors are invited to ‘check in’ purchased items at the Bag Drop to avoid taking them into the performance area. The Drop Off will be manned by AHT representatives, allowing visitors to find out how research undertaken by the AHT has directly affected sports horses, as well as how its work also benefits dogs and cats.
Olympia runs throughout the week of December 16, at the Olympia Exhibition Halls, located in Hammersmith, West London. The event includes top class international competition for show jumping, dressage and driving, and more than 80,000 visitors are expected to attend.