April 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

The Pink Horse Day charity fundraising event held on Sunday 25 April raised approximately £800 with over 300 people in attendance. The three chosen charities to receive donations from the funds raised are: ‘Breast Cancer Campaign’, ‘Help for Heroes’ and the local ‘Barrow Farm Riding for the Disabled Group’.

The event was run by first year Higher Education students from Equine and Animal courses and the highlight of the day was the official opening of the new indoor riding arena by Lucinda McAlpine - international dressage rider and natural horsemanship trainer. Other new equine facilities opened on the day were a complementary equine therapy barn, housing an equine hydrotherapy spa.

Before cutting the pink ribbon across the indoor school, Lucinda said; “To officially open this new equine facility really is such an honour for me. I was invited to demonstrate at the College last year, and already I can see what an impressive improvement these new equine facilities will make to the campus.”

Chairman of governors, Lotte Olsen, spoke about the future of the College with the addition of the new equine facilities; “In August Writtle College will be hosting one of the BEF Equine Futurity events for young horses, which will be an excellent event for the College to showcase its new facilities.” The College also hopes to attract an Olympic equestrian team to hold a Pre Games Training Camp at the site in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Pink Horse Day charity event, sponsored by Marriage’s Feeds, was a fun family day out with demonstrations covering a wide range of equestrian disciplines, such as the London Horse Ball team, Side Saddle, Rare Breeds, Equine Anatomy in Action, Farriery, Mike Daniell’s Driving Display, and Spanish dressage horses.

A variety of local trade stands were also on hand for shopping and catering.

Pictured: The Pink Horse Day team of students