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The British Horse Society

The British Horse Society is to run two more exciting riding challenges next
year to raise funds for the BHS Rescue Centre. For over a decade the BHS
has been actively rescuing and rehabilitating horses and ponies in cases of
neglect and cruelty. In 1997 the Society opened its first dedicated national
Rescue Centre. Based at Stonecroft yard at Oxhill in Warwickshire, the
Centre provides facilities where horses and ponies can be nursed back to
health under expert care and found new permanent homes.

The Inca Challenge is not for the faint hearted! Trekking through the Andes
in Peru on mountain ponies, following the Inca trail to heights of 4650
metres, will require nerves of steel and a head for heights. Challengers
will need to be fit and capable of hiking up and down gradients at altitude,
often leading rather than riding your mount. Cargo mules and a colourful
group of Quechua speaking wranglers will transport equipment and personal

The ride takes place from 22 June to 5 July 2002. Challengers are required
to fund raise a minimum of £2,800 which must be banked with the BHS by the
beginning of April, plus a £350 non refundable registration fee payable at
the time of booking.

The Viking Challenge is a trek through Iceland on Icelandic horses. Riding
at the Tolt on a 13hh horse, at a speed that could easily give a galloping
horse a run for its money, yet being so smooth one could sip a glass of
wine, is absolutely exhilarating. Negotiating glacial rivers, riding along
the sea shore and climbing mountainous trails make for a varied and action
packed event, requiring a good level of fitness from participants.
Challengers will be responsible for caring for the three or four horses they
will be riding each day.

The Viking ride takes place 18-25 August 2002. Challengers must raise a
minimum of £1800 before 10 June 2002, plus a £250 non refundable
registration fee payable at the time of booking.

Anyone interested in taking up either of these challenges to raise money for
the BHS Rescue Centre, should contact Wendy in the BHS Welfare Dept on 08701
299992 for an information pack.

So far over £165,000 has been raised: help us make it £300,000.

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