Our Supported Charities

The last two and a half years have been incredibly difficult for so many people and businesses but the charity sector, which often gets forgotten about, has been heavily affected as well. Animal welfare charities were particularly hard hit during the pandemic due to having the overhead costs of looking after their animals without the usual income of visitors and events which weren't allowed to happen. For this reason, The Great Horses for Health Event is supporting and raising money for a number of registered charities from all around the United Kingdom that fit with our core principles supporting equine welfare and mental health. Please read below about the incredible causes we are supporting this year.

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HorseWorld Trust is our lead charity and this year they are celebrating their 70th anniversary. We have been working very closely with them on various areas of organising the Event, they are managing the registration process and general administration.

HorseWorld is a charity dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned, neglected and mistreated horses, ponies and donkeys. The organisation cares for more than 100 horses, ponies and donkeys at its Bristol site and provides after-care and support for around 200 more, who have been re-homed throughout the South-West.

The charity also runs the innovative Discovery educational programme which helps young people with self-growth, confidence and concentration issues - and of course the horses love the attention too! Last year they launched a new Family Project which was funded by Horses 4 Health. You can read more about the evaluation of this project [here].


HorseWorld's vital 365-days-a-year animal welfare work is funded by voluntary donations. It is not open to the public on a day-to-day basis but it holds Open Days throughout the year.

To find out more about HorseWorld click on the button below to visit their website.


At Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), our horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, we provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 amazing volunteers and qualified coaches at nearly 500 RDA centres all over the UK.

RDA is an inclusive and diverse organisation. We welcome clients with physical and learning disabilities and autism, and there are no age restrictions. Through our network of member groups, RDA is at work in every corner of the UK, in our cities and remote rural areas, bringing the therapy, achievement and fun of horses to as many people as we can.

Within our new Strategy, we aim to unlock the potential of new and adapted activities, harnessing the benefits of spending meaningful time with horses. There is great scope in the delivery of non-ridden activities through our existing network, and we will support the development of these opportunities.

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Quote from our Founder, Sophie Gifford about the Horses4Health Equine Welfare Grants Scheme:


"Well, here we are again, embarking on another summer of horsey happiness, making new friends, re-connecting with those we made during the 2021 Relay activities and, most importantly, helping horses, ponies & donkeys across the UK. 


One of the biggest challenges in 2021 was selecting the six charities Horses4Health would support – I was contacted by countless small equine charities around the country asking to be considered and so selecting just six was tough and, to be honest, emotional. That’s why for 2022 I am so very proud to be able to extend the support of Horses4Health to every equine charity, by way of a funding application process.  This will enable any registered UK equine charity to apply for up to £1000 of funding from Horses4Health, to support their equine welfare activities.


Through this amazing initiative, which will be administered by HorseWorld Trust, our lead charity, Horses4Health will be a pioneer in the charitable sector, epitomising the true spirit of #PeopleHelpingHorsesHelpingPeople – together we can make a difference!"

For more information about the scheme and how to apply click here.