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IAN STARK and World Horse Welfare go behind the scenes at Badminton Horse Trials 2014

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Three times winner of Badminton Horse Trials, Ian Stark joined World Horse Welfare at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2014 last week to talk horse safety with British Eventing’s National Safety Officer, Jonathan Clissold and Badminton Horse Trials vet, Richard Hepburn.

The documentary film put together and edited by World Horse Welfare explores how British Eventing data collated over time has helped to improve safety, how vet services are as important as the event itself and just how much thought and preparation goes into horse welfare and safety at events like Badminton.

In an exclusive behind the scenes interview with vet, Richard Hepburn we hear all about the structure of the medical services provided for competing horses on cross country day and across the three-day event.

With Ian Stark fronting the film, viewers can gain an insight into how a top eventing champion would jump the fences as he expresses his feelings on some of the questions.

The film underlines World Horse Welfare’s support for the responsible use of horses in sport and experience as independent welfare advisor to the FEI and British Horseracing Authority that safety measures need not detract the spectacle from sporting events – thus Jonathan and Richard talk safety for the benefit of horse and rider and Ian talks of thrilling fences.

Watch the film here as World Horse Welfare ramps up excitement for the four star three-day event: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sp6vNao1owk

You can visit World Horse Welfare, Britain’s largest horse rescue and rehoming charity, at stand 86 on the east side of the main arena at Badminton Horse Trials from Wednesday to Sunday.

For more information please contact World Horse Welfare’s Press Officer Amy Fordham on 01953 497248 and 07824 302640 or email amyfordham@worldhorsewelfare.org

About World Horse Welfare:
Visit our website here: www.worldhorsewelfare.org/Home

World Horse Welfare (Registered charity no: 206658 and SC038384), is an international horse charity that improves the lives of horses in the UK and worldwide through education, campaigning and hands-on care of horses.  Since we were founded in 1927, our whole approach has been practical, based on scientific evidence and our extensive experience, and focused on delivering lasting change across the full spectrum of the horse world. In the UK our dedicated network of Field Officers investigate and resolve welfare problems, and we run four Rescue and Rehoming Centres where horses in need can receive specialist care, undergo rehabilitation and find loving new homes through our rehoming scheme – the largest of its kind in the UK. Our international training programmes alleviate the suffering of thousands of working horses by providing essential knowledge for horse owning communities in the developing world. We also work tirelessly to change legislation and attitudes to horse welfare through campaigns and education, including our founding campaign to end the suffering endured by the tens of thousands of horses transported long-distance across Europe to slaughter each year. We support the responsible use of horses in sport, and are welfare advisors to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and the British Horseracing Authority.


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