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The first ever Equine Welfare Week will be held from 1st to 16th September 2001, sponsored by Fort Dodge Animal Health Ltd, has attracted support from many top riders, including Pippa Funnell, Tim Stockdale and Leslie Law.

The week is part of the Jeep National Riding Festival which already does a great deal to boost riding through school visits with the famous mechanical horse, Trigger. Equine Welfare Week aims to highlight what it takes to keep a horse and to encourage responsible horse ownership, especially to the increasing number of people who are becoming horse owners for the first time. Information on horse care will be distributed around the country through vets and retailers and at events organised in support of Equine Welfare Week in conjunction with the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH) and Redwings Horse Sanctuary. (See details) A booklet, A Guide to Horse Care and Welfare produced by the British Horse Society in conjunction with the Home of Rest for Horses, is also available. For copies, call 01903 893312 or email

Pippa Funnell, international event rider and winner of the recent Eventing Grand Prix at Hickstead, is enthusiastic about the week. “We expect to enjoy the benefits that our horses give us and we owe it to them to look after them in the best possible way. If you neglect your horse, or try to cut corners to avoid expense, you will soon find out that it is far more costly in the long run,” said Pippa. “Equine Welfare Week is a great opportunity for anyone to learn more about horse care and just what is involved.”

Tim Stockdale, international showjumper and British Team Member, is also pleased to endorse the week. “A healthy horse will give of his best and his needs and well-being should be paramount at all times. Whether they are top show jumpers or children’s ponies, all horses and ponies need to be well looked after to ensure their health and comfort. This is a huge responsibility for owners and riders and Equine Welfare Week will help to highlight the dedication and commitment necessary to keep horses,” he said.

Leslie Law, international event rider added his support by saying, “Whatever you do with your horse, his well-being is most important. Horses can be hard work and take a lot of time but the results are worth it. Equine Welfare Week will ensure that many more people are given the information they need about horse care.”

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) were quick to recognise the value of this project and will be providing information to vets at their annual congress in Harrogate which coincides with the week. “The more education that the horse owner receives, the easier it makes our job. Veterinary surgeons need to see the important cases earlier to avoid any unnecessary suffering to the horse. If owners are ever in doubt about a particular problem, vets are always willing to discuss it with them over the telephone,” says Roger Scammell, member of the BEVA Council, Welfare and Scientific Committee. “Keeping a horse or pony is a huge responsibility and we believe that all owners should understand the time commitment and the financial obligations involved. We are very pleased to support Equine Welfare Week.”

Fort Dodge Animal Health, manufacturers of leading horse wormer EQUEST® and number 1 range of horse vaccines DUVAXYN®, are committed to supporting the improved care of horses and ponies in the UK. Helen Barnes, Equine Business Unit Manager of Fort Dodge Animal Health, comments, “We are pleased to be supporting this first ever Equine Welfare Week. Owning a horse is a huge responsibility, as well as a significant financial investment so the last thing any horse owner wants is to have an unhealthy horse that they cannot ride. We see this Welfare Week as a great opportunity to educate horse owners about the importance of regularly worming and vaccinating their horse as a matter of course.”

“The Jeep National Riding Festival aims to create interest in all aspects of the horse world from taking up the reins for the first time to competing and the responsibilities of becoming a horse owner,” says Jane Holderness-Roddam, Chairman of the Festival. “We believe it is very important that everybody involved in equestrianism is knowledgeable about a horse’s health and welfare requirements, which is why we are supporting Equine Welfare Week. The work of the welfare organisations will enable newcomers introduced to riding by the Jeep National Riding Festival to learn about horse care right from the start.”

For more information on Equine Welfare Week, call 01903 893312 or email

Equine Welfare Week Activities

1st – 16th September 2001

If you would like to have a fun day out and learn more about horse care and welfare, visit one of the following events. For more details of activities at each venue, call the organiser on the number given

Activities as at 21 August 2001

Date Venue Activity Contact Info
Sat 1st Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Hapton Farm, Norwich Open Day and Seminar on care of the elderly or retired horse and guided tour of the farm and veterinary unit. (Trigger) 01508 481029
Sun 2nd Glenda Spooner Farm
Hoarwithy, Herefordshire
ILPH Open Day and Nature Walks. (Trigger) 01432 840253
Wed 5th Croft Equestrian Centre, Barnsley, Lancs BHS Welfare Training for Volunteers, including ILPH presentation. £2 incl lunch prebooked. 01257 263125
Sat 8th BHS Rescue Centre
Oxhill, Warwickshire
BHS Responsible Ownership Day, including demonstrations. (Trigger) 08701 299992
8th/16th The Donkey Sanctuary
Sidmouth, Devon
Various lectures and demonstrations throughout the week 01395 578222
Sun 9th Madness 2001
Hinton in the Hedges
Brackley, Northants
ILPH Fun Day. (Trigger) 01295 811607
Sun 9th Bishop Burton College Seminar on Equine Behaviour, Welfare, Nutrition and Worming, with invited speakers 01964 553000
Sun 9th Brownbread Horse Rescue Centre, Battle, East Sussex Open Day, with “something for everyone”. Entry £1 01424 892381
10th/14th Brinsbury College
Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 1DL
Welfare Seminars 01798 877400
Tue 11th Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell, Warwick, CV35 9BL Evening Welfare Seminar with invited speakers from ILPH, and Redwings. 01926 318266
Wed 12th Moulton College, Northants Club Equus Evening Seminar, £5 incl refreshments, open to non members 01604 491131
Thu 13th Holme Lacy College, Hereford, HR2 6LL Welfare Day, 10am to 12.30pm. Invited speakers from ILPH, BHS and Farriery demo. Open to non students 01432 870316
Thu 13th Rose & Crown, Charlton, Northants ILPH Race Night and Auction 01295 811607
Sat/Sun 15th/16th HorseWorld’
Whitchurch, Nr Bristol
Friends of Bristol Horses Welfare Weekend. (Trigger) 01275 540173
Sun 16th Bletchington, Banbury, Oxon ILPH/Horsewatch Hunter Trials
(Cancelled due to FMD)
01608 730346
Sun 16th BHS Rescue Centre
Oxhill, Warwickshire
BHS TREC 01926 707740
Sat 22nd Balmoral, Scotland ILPH/BHS Scotland Sponsored Ride 01339 887186

Trigger the mechanical horse will be present at those events marked (Trigger)

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