About the Event
So what’s The Great Horses for Health Event all about? Well, the main idea behind it is to celebrate horses and appreciate how they can have a positive impact on our mental health, to meet like-minded people and improve our own mental health. All this while raising money for some fantastic charities who help rescue and rehabilitate horses, ponies and donkeys as well as helping the mental and physical wellbeing of humans.
How the idea began
The Relay idea began on 30th December 2020 whilst founder Sophie Gifford was watching BBC Breakfast. They were reviewing all the charitable fundraising carried out throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and Sophie marvelled at how many different physical activities had been undertaken, one of which of course was Capt. Sir Tom Moore. She noticed, though, that there were no equestrians, which led her to innocently post on the Facebook Group, Pass Wide & Slow (PWAS), suggesting a UK-wide riding event. Within a couple of hours there had been hundreds of responses, which prompted her to create The Great Horses for Health UK Relay 2021 Facebook Group on New Years Eve. In the first week the group hit 1000 members and from there the Event took on its own energy and the group has since grown to over 10,000 members!
The Great Horses for Health Relay was born and in 2021 the event ran from May to September, region by region throughout the UK. We had over 900 participants, covered around 2,700 miles and raised over £17,000 for seven charities.
We learnt lots from our first event, listened to our volunteers and participants and have made some changes for a bigger and better event in 2022.
The Great Horses for Health Event 2022
To take part in the event, you first need to register by following the information on our registration page. Registration costs £20 and this not only gets you a great goodie pack, but it also gives you access to our organised events all around the UK, the majority of which are completely FREE! Take a look at our What's On page to find out what’s happening. You need to register separately for each event you want to take part in by clicking the link on the events map or regional pages which takes you to a booking page where you fill in your details and registration number to secure your place. Places on rides and events are on a first come, first served basis so book soon to avoid disappointment.
Our volunteers are busy organising events all around the UK and we are trying to cover as many locations as possible but if there isn’t an event in your area and you don’t have transport, don’t worry! You can still be part of the event and just do your own ride, drive or in-hand walk, or you could take part in one of our non-horsey wellness events. Why not also try and complete one of our challenges listed below?
We would love to hear what you get up to so if you haven’t already, join The Great Horses for Health Event Facebook group to tell us all about it.
Raising money for our supported charities
Once costs are covered, any profits left over from your registration fee will go straight to our supported charities. To find out more about who our supported charities are, take a look at our charities page.
But we would love to go over and above for our amazing causes to support the fantastic work they do with both horses and humans so we ask our participants to raise some sponsorship money for their activities, whether it be £7 or £700, it really does all add up, and we even have some awards for reaching certain fundraising milestones. There are three easy ways to raise money:
Set up your own Facebook Fundraiser (see instructions pinned in our Facebook group)
Set up your own JustGiving page (details below)
Text to donate (details below)
How to set up your own JustGiving page
Under 'Be a fundraiser', click the orange 'Start Fundraising' button
Follow the instructions on the page, publish your page and start sharing the link.
Under your page settings, you will be able to personalise page and your your thank you message and obtain a QR code to your page that you can share.