Olympic gold medallist Jane Holderness-Roddam CBE will compete in her first one day event for 13 years on veteran horse, Tigerís Eye II, to raise money for equine charities the Brooke and World Horse Welfare.
The event takes place on August 18th 2015 at West Wilts Equestrian Centre.
Jane was the first woman to represent Britain in Olympic Three Day Eventing, winning team gold in Mexico, 1968. She went on to build a highly successful career in equestrianism. Nicknamed the ‘galloping nurse’ because she managed to study nursing at the same time, Jane won at Badminton Horse Trials in 1968 and 1978, and Burghley Horse Trials in 1976.
Tiger’s Eye II, stable name Bill, has had an illustrious career himself, competing in over 120 events, 31 of them international.
Jane has dedicated her life to helping horses, becoming trustee for World Horse Welfare for two terms, seeing first-hand how they have improved the lives of so many horses in the UK and worldwide. She is now trustee for the Brooke, and visited their work in Senegal in 2014. Here she saw how the Brooke teams are providing training, community engagement and emergency veterinary care to improve welfare for horses, donkeys and mules.
“Horses have been a part of my life since childhood, and caring for them properly is really important to me. Bill is still able to compete at the age of 20 in part because of the excellent care he’s had from a dedicated team. Sadly, some equine animals working around the world are lucky to reach a quarter of his age. I want to help change that.”
People living in these communities don’t have the same access to veterinary medicines and training that we have in the UK. The Brooke and World Horse Welfare are working tirelessly to change this.”
Petra Ingram, chief executive for the Brooke, said;
“Jane is a dedicated trustee, and it was wonderful to take her to see the Brooke’s work last year. We’re so incredibly grateful that she’s decided to go the extra mile, or should I say extra jump, for the Brooke and World Horse Welfare. The money raised will help us reach our target of helping two million horses, donkeys and mules by 2016.”
World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers said:
“Jane has been a role model and inspiration for many people involved in equestrian sport ever since winning team gold in eventing at the 1968 Mexico Olympics and it is fantastic that she is getting back in the saddle to raise funds for World Horse Welfare and The Brooke. As a World Horse Welfare trustee for many years, she played a pivotal role in developing our work to deliver lasting change across the full spectrum of the horse world. I wish her the very best of luck with the event and I, along with all at World Horse Welfare, will be cheering her on.”
To support Jane and the charities, visit her fundraising page – http://bit.do/onedayevent. To find out more about the Brooke visit www.thebrooke.org, and to find out more about World Horse Welfare visit www.worldhorsewelfare.org.
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