Houghton horse trial chiefs announce charity link-up

Houghton International Horse Trials'Rider 218 Rosalind Canter riding Calista at the Quarry Section ANL-150106-080617009
Houghton International Horse Trials'Rider 218 Rosalind Canter riding Calista at the Quarry Section ANL-150106-080617009
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Organisers of the Houghton International Horse Trials have announced Walking with the Wounded will be its official charity when it celebrates its 10th anniversary next year.

The charity, which is based at Stody, near Melton Constable, supports injured servicemen and women to help them transfer their skills to civilian employment.

And officials say the partnership with the Houghton event, which takes place in late May, will open a range of new opportunities for both.

Chief executive Edward Parker said: “We are thrilled to be the charitable beneficiary of Houghton International 2016, particularly in such an exciting year for Houghton as they celebrate their 10th anniversary.

“It will not only afford us an opportunity to raise our profile, but generate crucial funds for our programmes which provide vulnerable veterans independence through employment.”

Event director Alec Lochore added: “I couldn’t be more delighted to work alongside such an inspirational group of people. Walking With The Wounded provides a crucial service for injured veterans, to whom we are all so indebted.

“Its team has already brought innovative suggestions to the table that will not only raise funds for, and awareness of, the charity, but provide spectacular entertainment for visitors to the Horse Trials.”

Alongside the Burnham Market International Horse Trials, which will take place in early April, the Houghton International regularly attracts some of the world’s leading three-day event riders to West Norfolk.

The Houghton International will take place from May 26 to 29.