Equestrian Relief raises £250,000 for NHS

Charity initiative featuring famous faces from racing and equestrianism smashes fundraising target

Sir Anthony McCoy helped raise funds for the NHS through 'Equestrian Relief'
Image: Sir Anthony McCoy helped raise funds for the NHS through 'Equestrian Relief'

Sir Anthony McCoy has hailed the efforts of the equestrian world after helping to raise £250,000 for NHS charities.

McCoy was one of a number of famous faces to take part in 'Equestrian Relief', a fundraising initiative launched by the team behind Bolesworth and Liverpool International Horse Shows.

Eventing world champions Ros Canter and Zara Tindall, Olympic gold medallists Carl Hester and Scott Brash, plus McCoy and Frankie Dettori from the horse racing ranks, surpassed the goal to raise £100,000 in 10 days by completing a series of tasks.

McCoy said: "It was a pleasure to be involved and I'm really proud of everyone from the equestrian world for helping to raise a great sum of money for a cause that has touched everyone in recent times."

Zara Tindall performs in the dressage event on High Kingdom at Badminton
Image: Zara Tindall donated a painting which raised £5,700

The famous faces were split into teams, with two team members taking part in a daily challenge from five categories, culminating in the Dark Horse round, where teams shared their hidden talent.

Team Eventing sealed victory with a comical parody of Netflix's hit series 'Tiger King' performed by Ben Hobday, with Team Polo taking second. Team Racing finished sixth of the seven sides.

Zara Tindall, captain for the eventers, said "It was a honour to be asked to get involved with Equestrian Relief, such an amazing group of people to be able to come together to try to support our NHS for the unbelievable job they are doing to fight this war against corona and hoping that the money raised will help in the areas that it is really needed."

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A charity auction also attracted plenty of attention with the top lot - membership of a Nick Bradley Racing syndicate - raising £7,501 out of a total £165,440.

Artwork by Zara Tindall and Oli Bell for the Equestrian Relief 'Horse Drawn' challenge
Image: Artwork by Zara Tindall and Oli Bell for the Equestrian Relief 'Horse Drawn' challenge

Tindall's painting from the Horse Drawn challenge raised £5,700 with Dettori's signed breeches going for £4,900 and a round of golf with McCoy and Oli Bell attracting a bid of £3,800.

Nina Barbour, Bolesworth managing director, said: "It has been an overwhelming fortnight - and we are delighted to be in a position to be donating over quarter of a million pounds to the NHS Covid-19 Crisis Fund.

"I would just like to extend a massive thank you to everyone from the equestrian world who has supported this fantastic cause in every way, and helped us achieve this great result."

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