Veterans’ equine therapy group named Blair Castle charity

HorseBackUKBritain’s Blair Castle International Horse Trials has named HorseBack UK as its official charity for 2014.

The Aberdeenshire-based charity works with wounded veterans by introducing them to horses to help improve their rehabilitation, mobility and confidence.  2014 is the Centenary Year of World War One which will create even more awareness for this importance cause.

HorseBack UK not only helps service personnel who have been mentally and physically scarred, it also employs instructors who have themselves been injured as a result of service to their country.  The charity will benefit from raising its profile at the 2014 Blair Castle International Horse Trials (August 21-24), which attracts more than 40,000 spectators every year. There will also be the opportunity to collect donations throughout the four days of competition at Blair Castle, which itself was converted into an auxiliary hospital during World War One.

Blair Castle event director Alec Lochore was looking forward to providing support to HorseBack UK.

“HorseBack UK has developed a unique concept in providing aid through riding horses to veterans who have been wounded during active service.

“We expect this year’s event to be a hugely busy occasion with a host of competitions and activities for spectators to enjoy.”

Lochore said Blair Vastle would also provide the stepping stone to the Blair Castle FEI European Eventing Championships in September 2015, providing Scotland with a major international competition to look forward to.

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