British-based equine charity World Horse Welfare has been named as BETA International’s chosen charity for the next two years.
The success of World Horse Welfare as the charity for BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association) at its 2013 trade fair, has led to the renewal for 2014 and 2015. At this year’s trade fair, the charity highlighted its extensive work, assisted by some of its rescued horses and ponies, and WHW patron and former Emmerdale star Claire King.
“We are very pleased to be working with this world-renowned trade fair once again as the event provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of our objectives and to seek new partners to support our work helping horses,” said World Horse Welfare director of fundraising John Blake.
“It gives us the perfect chance to raise awareness of the challenges that horses face in the UK and abroad, and show the horse world how, with its help, we can relieve the unnecessary suffering through education, campaigns and hands-on care of mankind’s other best friend. We will provide visitors with an inspiring demonstration of the benefits of our work during a presentation in the Charles Owen Learning Centre @ The Horse Demonstration & Seminar Arena on Sunday, the first day of the show. I am sure that the visitors and exhibitors, as members of the equestrian industry, will be fascinated with this unique perspective of another side of the horse world and learn how they can help.”
BETA International organiser Claire Thomas added: “World Horse Welfare has a global reputation for its work with horses – from its campaign to prevent long-distance transportation of horses across Europe for slaughter to its tireless work rescuing, rehabilitating and re-homing Britain’s horses. We are really looking forward to supporting the charity once again by helping to raise awareness over the trade fair’s three days.”
BETA International is the world’s leading trade fair for the equestrian, country clothing, outdoor and pet product markets. It takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, from February 16 to 18.