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Banks rescue centre gears up for fun day

The Arc takes in welfare cases from all over the country

The Arc rescue centre in Banks

A horse rescue centre is planning to host a family fun day after opening its doors a couple of months ago.

The Arc rehabilitation centre is situated on Long Lane in Banks, and takes in welfare cases from all over the country.

Caroline Howarth, along with Alex Harris, decided to set up the centre to give something back to the community after they helped to fund treatment for Henry, Caroline’s horse.

The centre provides treatment, rehabilitation and a rehoming programme once horses are fully fit.

Caroline and the team are now planning an open day on July 5 to raise some much needed funds.

Caroline, 43, who is also a full-time mental health nurse, said: “We decided to set up the centre after being inspired by other centres across the country, who were doing similar work.

“When my horse became ill, everyone really pulled together to help him and it left me wanting to do something to show my appreciation.

“We’re really excited for the upcoming event. The centre is going really well and we thought the open day would be a great way to show off all we’ve achieved so far.

“There will be two dressage demonstrations with both riders at grand prix level. We’ve also got leading showjumper, Equitrix stuntman River Blue, and his horse, Drez, taking part.

“Probably the most exciting guest we’ve got is Guido Louis, from the Netherlands, who is very talented and the world’s leading stunt guy, who has put on shows at the Horse of the Year event and British Open.

“The centre is proving vital to the community at the moment. We’ve currently got seven rescue horses but we have 25 stables, so we’ve room for more but we need more funds to be able to help all the horses we can.”

As well as the demonstrations, there will also be a showjumping competition with more than 30 horses and ponies competing. There are also trade stands, stalls, pony rides, face painting and refreshments.

All the money raised will help the centre to continue to provide ongoing treatment for their equine friends.

Caroline said: “We’re hoping to raise around £3,000 from the event, but any funds are gratefully received.

“We are also looking for people to donate any rugs or tack to the centre, which are vital, especially in the winter.”

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