Horses for Hope GB dressage event, Somerford Park

PUBLISHED: 00:00 13 March 2020

Andrew Heffernan, Dutch Olympic Event Rider at the Horses for Hope GB Dressage event raising funds for the Australian bush fires

Andrew Heffernan, Dutch Olympic Event Rider at the Horses for Hope GB Dressage event raising funds for the Australian bush fires

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An idea originally mooted on social media, to host a dressage competition to raise funds for people and animals affected by the Australian bushfires, quickly became a reality.

The Horses for Hope GB event raised a spectacular £16,731. Riders of all ages and abilities - and not forgetting their horses - embraced the Australian theme by donning fancy dress. Local businesses rallied in support with a variety of trade stands and food stalls, with the stars of the show even getting a relaxing treat from an equine sports massage therapist.

A highlight was Dutch Olympic event rider Andrew Heffernan, riding Blue the Cob in one of the classes and GB dressage rider, Gareth Hughes, who presented winners with their prizes.

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