Popular horse show needs more support

Organisers of the annual Newmarket Festival in-hand charity horse show are calling for more support and sponsorship.

The event, due to take place at the Animal Health Trust on July 13, will feature two rings, thoroughbreds, and all other breeds of horses and ponies, with various classes taking place in each.

Soham sisters Colleen and Kerry Salmon’s popular event has raised over £35,000 for charity over the past ten years, with ex-racehorses such as Grand National winner, Mon Mome, and Purple Moon, making appearances.

However, this year, with the economic climate still uncertain, the Salmons are seeking donations from local businesses to cover the show’s running costs, as well as help with set up and tidying up.

“The whole show takes six months of planning and it has just got too popular for two of us to do on our own,” said Colleen. “We always need volunteers to help on the day - even if by just rattling a collecting box, directing horse boxes into the parking area, or opening and shutting gates,

“Although people offer to help beforehand, come the day, we’re always short of help.

“It’s the same few people who help us out each year. We could do with some younger people to come on board and lend a hand now though if the show is to continue.”

If you’d like to help contact Colleen on 07724 069766.