Devon Air Ambulance to benefit from horse trials

PUBLISHED: 13:19 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:19 17 May 2018

Equestrian picture

Equestrian picture


Pontispool Equestrian Centre is supporting the Devon Air Ambulance at its forthcoming BE Horse Trials, writes Lucy Johnson.

The competition takes place over three days, from Saturday, May 26, until Monday, May 28, and on the Saturday all monies collected on the gate will be donated to the charity.

Last year Devon Air Ambulance celebrated its 25th anniversary, as well as flying their 25,000th lifesaving mission. They are now flying up to 17 hours a day, including into the hours of darkness. 2018 has seen a further extension of flying hours, now until 2am.

Devon has two Air Ambulances, one in Exeter and the other in North Devon. Last year it cost £6.4million to keep both aircraft flying and every single penny is raised or donated by the community, businesses and friends of Devon.

Organiser Richard Mitford-Slade said: “The Devon Air Ambulance is an invaluable service that saves lives. We are delighted to offer our gate money on the Saturday to the charity and hope that visitors and competitors will give generously to such a worthwhile cause.”

Pontispool Horse Trials is renowned for the calibre of competitors that it attracts and among this year’s riders are the 2018 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials winner Jonelle Price. Also in action is Devon-based Padraig McCarthy, who finished eighth with Mr Chunky.

Richard said: “The horse trials is a great opportunity to watch top class riders in action. We have a full three days of competition and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming competitors and spectators alike.”

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