HRH The Princess Royal, as Patron of the Moredun Foundation, has been presented with a cheque from The British Horse Society for £37,000 on behalf of the Equine Grass Sickness Fund at the Royal Highland Show.
Equine Grass Sickness is a devastating and frequently fatal disease, indiscriminately affecting horses and ponies across the UK.
The British Horse Society ran a campaign to highlight the need to tackle the disease and to raise funds to support the current Equine Grass Sickness Vaccine trial being carried out by the Animal Health Trust.
Members and supporters of the BHS surpassed themselves, with massive fundraising efforts taking place throughout the UK. From as far north as Caithness, right down to Cornwall, a whole range of events were organised, including sponsored rides, clear round jumping, prize draws and social occasions – all raising vital funds for the cause. HRH The Princess Royal was introduced to some of BHS Scotland’s top fundraisers for the campaign.
BHS Director of Fundraising, Laura Pepper, said: “We are incredibly proud that our members have pulled out all the stops to raise these funds which will go towards helping to eradicate this horrific disease.
"Anyone who has experienced its effects will know just how devastating the disease can be and we are so pleased that our efforts will go some way to helping prevent further suffering and loss of life.”
More information on the progress of the Equine Grass Sickness Vaccine Trial is available from the Animal Health Trust and the Equine Grass Sickness website.