A “Ride for Ukraine” fundraising campaign that aims to help 5000 horses has been launched at the FEI Dressage European Championships for Juniors and Young Riders at Hartpury in Britain.
Ukrainian dressage team members became the first ambassadors of the campaign, which aims to unite equestrian riders, professionals, federations, organizations, goods producers and horse lovers to raise €500,000 to help feed horses over winter in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation (UEF-CF) hopes that every horse show can support the “Ride for Ukraine” campaign, simply by placing information about the campaign at the venue or organizing a special class or show dedicated to the campaign.
Those wishing to donate can do so by using a QR code or going to the website.
Chef d’equipe of the Ukrainian dressage team, Inna Logutenkova, a two-time Olympian and World Cup finalist, said: “I’m proud to become one of the first ambassadors of the campaign and help Ukrainian equestrians to save and feed their horses.
“I believe that after Ukraine wins, the country will recover and show the best result in the sports arena. Our team is defending Ukrainian sports honor while our army defends European freedom from Russian invasion.”
Funds raised through the campaign will be used to buy and transport feed and hay to all regions of Ukraine, and to support horses in a free evacuation shelter. There are currently 37 horses in the shelter, but the UEF-CF predicts an increase in the number of horses that temporarily cannot be supported by the owners and who may be in the war zone. These horses will need relocation, and several more shelters are already being prepared in the west of Ukraine.
Mykhaylo Parkhomchuk, founder of the UEF-CF and Secretary-General of the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation, said the situation on the frontline was very unpredictable.
“As the biggest foundation that focuses on helping horses and equestrians, we feel responsible for the horses that stay in Ukraine. We know that the biggest problem for Ukrainian horse owners is feeding and caring about their horses because of the lack of money. The economy collapsed, and their normal income sources don’t exist anymore.
“And we are keen to help them to save horses while they are recovering and looking for new jobs or rebuilding their businesses.”
How to help
Consider joining the ‘Ride for Ukraine’ initiative to fundraise for the charity and look for shows to attend that are supporting the initiative.
There are manyways horse lovers can get involved, from displaying banners and sharing content on social media, to making donations directly via the website.
There are many partnership options for those producing equestrian products, publishers, media, and other organizations, and those donating at a certain level will receive products such as pins, polo shirts, and caps, the UEF-CF said.