Saddle Up Gallops On!
the past three and a half years, Spinal Research and the equestrian
community have been working together to fight paralysis. Thanks
to everyone involved, the Saddle-Up Campaign has raised over £165,000
since its launch in 2000 to help pioneer the repair of injuries
to the spinal cord.
Tierney, Campaigns Fundraiser at Spinal Research says: Support
from the equestrian world for our Saddle-Up Campaign has been fantastic!
Lots of fun has been had at many different types of events. Money
raised and donated by our supporters has provided vital income for
Spinal Research and helped to publicise our work to fight paralysis.
horse enthusiasts you know how devastating a serious riding fall
can be. You may even know someone who has been paralysed by a riding
accident or more than likely someone who has had a lucky
escape. Its a very scary thought, but spinal cord injury could
happen to any one of us. More than 40,000 people in the UK are paralysed
as a result of damage to the spinal cord, usually victims of road
accidents, sporting accidents or falls, and hundreds join them every
there is hope successes in the laboratory point the way to
treatments that could regenerate regrowth in the spinal column.
If regenerated This regrowth in the spinal cord of a paralysed person,
could allow them to he or she could regain vital sensation and movement.
are asking for all you horse enthusiasts to become part of our Saddle-Up
Campaign to help raise money to launch clinical trials. To be able
to set up clinical trials on spinally injured volunteers, it will
cost several millions of pounds. There are many ways that you can
get involved. You can take part in organised rides as a participant
and raise money through sponsorship. You can volunteer your time
to help with the organisation, or act as marshal at our events.
Alternatively you can hold your own fundraising event - previous
activities have included: Horse shows; Photo Competitions, Race
Nights; Equestrian Brick-A-Brack; Stables Open Days; or good old
Quiz Nights. Events packs to help with your fundraising and entry
forms for the rides are available by contacting Karen on 01483 898786
or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.spinal-research.org
to find out more.
are just some of the events and activities that raised money for
Spinal Research in 2003:-
and Prestwich Bridleways Association Sponsored Ride (June)
two years running, the Sponsored Ride has attracted many local riders
in 2003 two policemen on horseback also joined in the fun!
£1,000 was donated to Spinal Research.
Horse Show (June)
incredible £1,473 was the outcome of a Charity Horse Show
staged at the Hargate Hill Equestrian Centre in Glossop and organiszed
by the Equine Studies Students from the Ridge Danyers College in
Pang Valley Sponsored Ride (August)
Those of you who took part in the Pang Valley Ride 2003 raised £1,902,
which makes a total of £7,275 since the ride started in 2000.
The organiser, Mike Scholl, of the Berks and Bucks Draghounds Supporters,
has made this an annual event and this years ride will be
held on Bank Holiday Monday 30th August in Hermitage, near Newbury,
Hunt Club Sponsored Ride (October)
Research and the Crown Pin Foundation both benefited from this event
and a £3,160 donation was received by Spinal Research. This
is a phenomenal amount - especially after the event was postponed
due to the hard ground following the hot summer.
Keynes Eventing Centre (October)
rider Toby Mynard of Leckhampstead Wharf Stud - raised £350
taking his sponsorship form everywhere with him! Nearly 100 riders
took part in the raice, following the excellent bridleways over
the beautiful North Bucks countryside. £1,698 was the resulting
Place Horse Trials (August)
was raised at the Firle Place Eventers Ball.
of pounds of donations were received thanks to a variety of activity
throughout the country. Too many to name here, but a few include
the Eggesford Hunt Branch of the Pony Club, the Lake Vyrnwy Ride,
a Fun Show in Gillingham, the Northweald Bridleways Association,
Wokingham Branch of the Pony Club, the South Oxfordshire Hunt and
Headley Heath Riders Association.
Forward to Saddle-Up Year 4
has already started in 2004 with a Dressage competition:
snow in the week before, the sun shone on the fourth annual charity
dressage competition in aid of Spinal Research. The event was held
at Brackenhurst College on Sunday 1st February.
competition raised £2,700 for Spinal Research, making a total
of £10,000 over the four years it has been running. The competition
was a huge success thanks to the continued support of local businesses
and shops who donated prizes and money, Trent Nottingham University
who have generously donated the facilities at Brackenhurst every
year without a charge, Brackenhurst staff and many volunteers who
worked extremely hard to ensure the the day ran smoothly.
seemed to enjoy the day, whether competing or spectating, and supporters
was extremely generous. The organisers hope that the competition
will run again in February 2005!
there are lots more fun events to look forward to such as:-
Portman Building Society Charity Race Day at Plumpton Racecourse
On Easter Monday 2004, Plumpton Racecourse, nestled in the glorious
Sussex countryside, will be the setting for some exciting racing.
The Celebrity Flat Race, with a variety of well known names competing
will form the grand finale of the day. It promises to be an enjoyable
day of fun and celebrity-spotting that will also contribute thousands
of pounds to Spinal Research. Even if you are not usually a race-goer,
we hope that you will come and join us at Plumpton and help to make
our first charity race day here a successful one.
Long Mynd Pleasure Ride and Drive 29/30/31 May
A three day riding and driving extravaganza in the Shropshire countryside
following a different route each day to take advantage of the beautiful
country and stunning views. There will be approx. 5 hours riding
or driving a day with a stop for a picnic or pub lunch.
the evening there will be live entertainment round a camp fire with
hog roast. B&B accommodation and camping facilities will be
available for riders with grazing/stabling for horses. There will
also be a hot tub spa for the tired riders to relax in after a long
day in the saddle.
is a sponsored ride and riders will be encouraged to raise the minimum
sponsorship (£50 per day) to take part.
Keynes Eventing Centre Charity Ball 26 June
On Saturday 26th June, Milton Keynes Eventing Centre will be holding
a ball to raise funds for Spinal Research. It promises to be a fantastic
night with a buffet meal, raffle, auction and dancing. The ball
will take place during the British Eventing Horse Trials. Held in
the marquee on the Showground, it will be a fun, lavish affair from
9pm until 1am. Your ticket will include a sumptuous served buffet
and Bucks Fizz. Following a full raffle and affordable auction of
promises, you can dance the night away to live duo, Together.
The venue will have a bar.
Caldew Riding Club Horse Show
Caldew Riding Club has held this successful local event twice already
and will hold a third in the summer of 2004.
Herbs Alfreds Tower Ride 8 August
This is the second year that Spinal Research will have been involved
with the Hilton Herbs Alfreds Tower Ride. The event takes
place over two days Saturday 7th August and Sunday 8th August.
On Saturday there is one international class, a FEI 3 Star 140km
Endurance Ride. On Sunday there will be the usual graded and set
speed classes, the 16km AHS Young Horse Assessment as well as the
ever-popular Riding Club Team Endurance Challenge being held for
teams of 3 or 4 horses representing Riding Clubs from all over the
country. On Sunday there will also be a 16km Pleasure Ride for Spinal
Research. Riders in this event will be challenged to raise funds
Race Day 12 August
Longstanding supporter, Rachel Wright, will once again be organizsing
a race day at the Beverley Racecourse in aid of Spinal Research.
2004 will be our second Race Day at this racecourse and Rachel will
certainly be hoping to raise more than the £5,081 from 2003.
Everyone enjoyed a lovely 3-course lunch in the Spinal Research
marquee followed by some exciting racing.
Valley Sponsored Ride 30 August
The 10 mile route in Hermitage, near Newbury, Berkshire,
starts in the park of historic Brockhurst School, continues through
arable and dairy farmland then through woodland, back over more
open farmland and corn stubble, crossing the river Pang in several
places with opportunity to ride down the river for two short stretches.
The route also includes 60 optional fences for the day. Riders enjoy
the chance to ride over land they do not usually have access to
and the marshals enjoy their picnics in beautiful surroundings.
Wetherby Race Day 13 October
2004 will be the fourteenth year Rachel has organised this Race
Day and over £180,000 has come directly from these
events over the years. An amazing achievement and a major supporter
of Spinal Research.
more information about any of the above events visit our website