Posted: 16th November 2020 | Back to news feed
The Para Equestrian Foundation is asking horse lovers to support its Unicorn Campaign
The Para Equestrian Foundation, a new non-profit community interest company dedicated to supporting para riders, is launching its Unicorn Campaign to raise the funds to buy 2 very special horses for its beneficiaries to ride. With this amazing campaign, the foundation hopes to raise enough money to also fully fund their care and competition expenses for 12 months.
The Para Equestrian Foundation is the brainchild of founder and director of operations Di Green, an International 3* Grade 1 Para Dressage athlete who is a member of the World Class Podium Potential Squad. The foundation has been set up to give a range of support to gifted athletes taking part in all the para equestrian sports - driving, vaulting, showjumping, reining and dressage - no matter what their goals are. The Unicorn Campaign will allow the foundation to offer competition and training rides to gifted athletes who lack the resources to fund their own horse.
Di was inspired to act after discovering first-hand how expensive it is to compete as a para athlete. Di returned to the saddle in 2013 after a 15-year break from riding following a horse-related head injury. After using the amazing services of the Coates Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) near Cirencester, Di caught the competition bug. A discussion with a fellow para athlete opened her eyes to the costs involved in competing, which can be as high as £50,000 a year for those at international level. Thankfully, Di found the support team she needed, including her coach Holly Norris, and is now on the pathway to Tokyo 2021. Now, with the launch of the Para Equestrian Foundation, she’s on a mission to help others.
How to support the Unicorn Campaign
Those wishing to donate £5 to the Unicorn Campaign simply text Unicorn to 70460. To donate a different amount, simply add the sum you wish to donate after ‘Unicorn’. For example, text Unicorn10 to donate £10.00 or enter Unicorn20 to donate £20.00. Supporters can also support the work of the foundation by purchasing items from their clothing collection. This includes a t-shirt, cosy hoodie and smart jacket, all featuring the organisation’s branding. Just visit https://www.paraequestrianfoundation.org/shop to take a look!
“I am so proud to bring the Para Equestrian Foundation from concept to reality. The cost of riding as a para athlete can be completely prohibitive for some, but I know from personal experience how transformative it is to be able to get in the saddle. The Foundation relies on donations, partnerships and volunteers to be able to deliver the support to para athletes, so I hope the news of our launch will inspire others to support our cause! Para athletes interested in applying can follow our social media channels for news of the next intake.”
Learn more about the Para Equestrian Foundation and its aims here: https://www.paraequestrianfoundation.org