Ride Into Equine Fair
The Scottish Christmas Equine Fair Chosen 'Event of the Week' by Horse
& Hound Magazine
International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) has announced
the great line up it is fielding at the Scottish Christmas Equine
Fair, Royal Highland Showground, 6 and 7 December. The news comes
hot on the heels of "Horse and Hound" magazine's announcement
that the Fair will be its 'Event of the Week'.
ILPH was founded in 1927 by Miss Ada Cole, when the ill treatment
of horses exported to Europe for slaughter came to her attention.
From her initial vision has grown the world's leading international
equine welfare charity, attending to the needs of suffering horses
wherever they are and however humble their role.
Left to right: ILPH director Tony Tyler, ILPH representative for
Scotland, Adam Fleming, Baron and Mac with Willie Craig, head carter,
and Lorraine Johnston, assistant carter with Glasgow City Council.
its head office in Norfolk, the ILPH runs five Recovery and Rehabilitation
Centres in the UK that look after as many as 300 equines at any
one time. But the charity's role is not just limited to its on-site
operations - it employs 16 full-time ILPH field officers, nearly
all ex-mounted policemen, who investigate cases of cruelty and neglect,
inspect horse markets and ports and give advice on horse welfare.
They also check the horses that have been re-homed on the ILPH's
horse loan scheme, which currently oversees nearly 1,700 rehabilitated
horses and ponies that are currently in approved homes.
some of its Scottish success stories are to demonstrate their skills
at the Scottish Christmas Equine Fair.
Hamilton and ILPH Glespie are currently working for the Strathclyde
Mounted Police. Hamilton, a stallion, was retired from the West
Midlands Police Force when its mounted department was disbanded.
Glespin is a heavy shire horse mare, and both horses are now central
to the force's mounted division. Sgt. Jack Reddell of Strathclyde
Mounted Police commented: "Both Hamilton and Glespie carry
out a wide range of duties with us, and they are excellent four
legged colleagues. We are looking forward to showing the crowds
at the Scottish Christmas Equine Fair just what we can do."
in the Glasgow region, two other ILPH horses are hard at work. ILPH
Baron and ILPH Mac work for Glasgow City Council and are part of
the city's seven strong heavy horse team. Both horses are stabled
at Pollok Country Park, a 361 acre park in the heart of the city.
work includes starring at local gala days, pulling Santa's sleigh
and switching on the Christmas lights, and taking part in 'country
to city' days, when local school children can visit the park and
see animals up close. Baron and Mac are no strangers to VIPs, and
are great friends with the Lord Provost, Liz Cameron.
MacKay, one of Scotland's leading vaulting coaches, will be taking
ILPH Aurora Boralis (Rory) and ILPH Isla (Ali) through their paces
in thrilling displays of vaulting. Both horses are former police
horses - Rory is an Irish Draught gelding, and Ali is a part Clydesdale
gelding. Liz commented: "Both Rory and Ali are great horses,
and they are bound to put on a good show for visitors to the Scottish
Christmas Equine Fair."
Turner, managing director of Contour Exhibitions and Events which
is the firm that organises the Fair, commented: "We have a
long and rewarding relationship with the ILPH, and we are delighted
that the charity is bringing so many fantastic horses to the Fair.
We are delighted, too, to have been chosen as 'Event of the Week
by 'Horse and Hound' magazine - it will be a great day out for anyone
who is passionate about horses."
Scottish Christmas Equine Fair will take place at the Royal Highland
Showground, Edinburgh, on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December 2003,
9.00am to 5.00pm on the Saturday and 9.00am to 5.00pm on the Sunday.
Ticket costs are: Adults, £9.00; Under 16's £6; Under
5's free; OAP's £7.00; Family Ticket (two adults and two children)
£25.00. Advance booking discounts are available. Please call
01884 841925 or log on at www.contour.uk.net.