26/09/2011 Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic Run Open Day in Aid of The Horse Trust

Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic held an open day for clients on Saturday 17 September where they raised £316 for equine welfare charity The Horse Trust.

Around 120 people attended the open day at the equine hospital and ambulatory practice, which is based in Mereworth, Kent. Visitors had the opportunity to have a tour of the clinic, meet members of staff, and observe demonstrations, including a horse "body painting" and horse training demonstration.

Donations were collected for The Horse Trust, a charity established in 1886, which runs a sanctuary for rescued, abandoned and retired working horses, ponies and donkeys in Speen, Buckinghamshire.

"We were delighted to be able to support The Horse Trust in their 125th year," said Julian Samuelson, Managing Partner at Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic. "The charity's mission to develop, demonstrate and disseminate best practice in equine care is very closely aligned with our own ethos here at Bell Equine and we are very confident that the money our clients have kindly donated will be put to excellent use."

Highlights of the open day included a demonstration from Liane Crowther, Welfare Development Manager at The Horse Trust, who gave a horse "body painting" demonstration. Horse "body painting" enables people to learn more about a horse's anatomy by painting the skeleton of a horse on the side of the horse's body.

Other highlights included a demonstration of the Parelli method of horse training from Sara de Vries. Sara, who is based in Yelstead, Kent, is a 1* Parelli Professional.

"We would like to say a big thank you to all the staff at Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic for running the open day in aid of The Horse Trust," said Susan Lewis, Fundraising Manager for The Horse Trust. "The money they have raised will help us to continue our work with rescue cases and retired working horses."

Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic is one of the UK's most progressive equine veterinary hospitals. Located in the heart of Kent, the clinic was established in 1989. Since then it has expanded to become a large specialist equine hospital and ambulatory practice. Currently, 14 veterinary surgeons work in the practice, supported by over 20 nursing, stable and office staff. For more information, visit http://www.bellequine.co.uk