Show time for rescue horses

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RESCUED horses from County Durham took part in a special show.

The RSPCA’s Felledge Equine Centre in County Durham took rescued horses to horse show Equifest, to compete and also to try to find new homes for them.

The first-ever show attracted more than 10,000 entries for its showing, show jumping, dressage and carriage driving classes, which finished yesterday.

The top two competitors in each class went go forward to the overall Champion Rescue Horse of the Year.

RSPCA chief inspector Cathy Hyde, national equine coordinator, said: “It is hoped that the RSPCA’s presence at the show will highlight some of the heartbreaking equine welfare issues that we deal with and show that adopted horses and ponies go on to live happy and successful lives.

“We will also have eight horses and ponies at the event which are all looking for new homes and will be taking part in the competitions.

“Hundreds of people answered our call to foster young rescued horses and ponies.”