Team GBR Fundraising Auction Gathers Momentum
13 October 2009

An Online auction launched by Equestrian Team GBR to raise funds to send the British Team to the World Equestrian Games in 2010 is now gathering momentum as new prizes are added. With exclusive gifts, experiences and a huge array of items that will appeal to everyone, it promises to be the best place to start your Christmas shopping or maybe just treat yourself.

Items currently on the site include lessons with World Class riders Robert Smith or Oliver Townend, sponsorship of a race at Fakenham racecourse, a week in an apartment in Portugal and a day with a shopping advisor plus gift vouchers at John Lewis in London. With many more exciting items being added all the time, there is something for everyone and in the run up to Christmas there will be some perfect gift ideas.

A World Equestrian Games includes the eight disciplines of dressage, eventing, show jumping, para-equestrian dressage, driving, endurance, reining and vaulting ? for the British team this is more than 51 horses in total.

?The Games are being held in Kentucky, USA, the first time they have ever been held outside Europe,? comments Will Connell, Equestrian Performance Director. ?To send a full team and remain one of the top equestrian nations in the world, we need your help. All proceeds of this auction will go towards sending the team to the Games and supporting our talented riders in their quest to compete and win on the World stage. Without your help we will not be able to send a full team.?

The Olympic and Paralympic teams are generously supported by lottery funding via UK Sport, but the non-Olympic sports of driving, endurance, reining and vaulting do not receive funding of any kind. ?500,000 is needed to support those teams and fund their trip to Kentucky next year.

The auction site has been launched with the generous support of the John Lewis Partnership who joined with the British Equestrian Federation as part of the British Olympic Association FTSE 100 partnership scheme.

The site is very easy to use, setting up an account will only take a few minutes and then you can start bidding straight away on any of the items. There is also the option to sign up for auction email alerts, to be the first to know about the exciting new lots being added to the site.

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