Alltech Paint the Horse Competition Passes the Reins to Creative Kids
15 May 2009

Global animal health and nutrition company Alltech, in association with Stamford Endowed Schools and the British Equestrian Federation, has announced details of a new U.K. equestrian art competition for school children. The ?Alltech Paint the Horse Competition?, which is open to pupils aged from 6-18, aims to support Team GBR?s attendance at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games taking place in Kentucky in 2010.

To enter the competition, participants paint an original design using a horse template. The competition is sectioned into junior and senior categories and pupils can enter collectively, as a school, or on an individual basis.

The national winner of the competition will have their design professionally painted onto a life-size model horse which will be paraded at the Olympia London International Horse Show 2009.

?We are delighted to support this excellent programme and hope that it will inspire more young people to become involved with equestrian sport which offers such a diverse range of opportunities. We also have a very real challenge to fundraise in order to send eight teams to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010 and welcome Alltech?s support in assisting with promoting some of the very exciting fundraising events and opportunities that we will be rolling out in the next few months,? said Andrew Finding, chief executive, the British Equestrian Federation.

?As title sponsor of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010?, Alltech hopes that this competition will help highlight the plight of Team GBR in their bid to send eight full teams to this global equestrian event. As Para-equestrian Dressage will be included, for the first time, at the Games, we also have a special interest in supporting Riding for the Disabled Association with this competition,? said Steve Bourne, Alltech vice president for company development.

?We are very excited that Para-equestrian Dressage has been included in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010. It is an excellent initiative to help raise awareness of both this and the fact that the U.K.?s success in Para-equestrian Dressage is, in part, due to the fantastic work carried out by Riding for the Disabled Association and our dedicated volunteers,? said Ed Bracher, chief executive, Riding for the Disabled Association.

?We are proud to be a part of Alltech?s Paint the Horse Competition, which is giving children in the U.K. aged 6-18 the chance to be involved with and support the Great Britain teams at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010,? said Stephen Roberts, principal of the Stamford Endowed Schools. ?As a school that prides itself on inclusiveness, it is also very inspirational for our students that the event is open to disabled riders,? he continued.

Each of the four category winners will receive a framed print of their design signed by a Team GBR member of their choice and will also be invited to paint their design on a scaled model horse at the Alltech FEI European Jumping and Dressage Championships 25th-30th August 2009 which will be showcased at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 5th September 2009. This will be supported by Stamford Endowed Schools. The national and category winners will all receive hospitality tickets (1 + 2 guests) for the Olympia London International Horse Show on 21st December 2009.

Further details of the Alltech Paint the Horse Competition and an entry form can be found at:

http://www.bef.co.uk/Content.asp?PageID=436

The closing date for entries is Friday 3rd July 2009.

For information on supporting Riding for the Disabled Association visit:

http://www.rda.org.uk/OnlineDonate.aspx

Any donations are gratefully received and appreciated.

 
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