Impressive Demo at the THOROUGHBRED ASSISTED™ Pilot at Ballygraffan, Northern Ireland – Thoroughbred Assisted™

The pilot programme is an initiative of Racing to Relate (R2R), an international charity established to focus on post racing careers for Thoroughbreds in Equine Assisted Services (EAS) and The Down Royal Corporation of Horsebreeders in Northern Ireland.

The focus of the Thoroughbred Assisted demonstration day was to illustrate the evidence-based training and scientific methodologies undertaken by the University of Bristol vets to assess the transitional life of recently off-track thoroughbreds into a possible career in equine assisted services. It was also an opportunity to highlight the suitability of off-track thoroughbreds within the equine assisted sector and the incredibly important work undertaken at Horses for People and similar EAS service providers. Centre-stage on the day of course were the magnificent phase one Thoroughbred Assisted horses, including the latest recruit, a broodmare sponsored through ITBA, ITBA Northern Region and Treo Eile.

A warm welcome was offered by Racing to Relate Chairman Adrian Pratt and by June Burgess of Horses for People and her dedicated team. Guests were invited to watch a moving demonstration by two of June’s former workshop participants. The first was a Human Trafficking Support Worker with Woman’s Aid, who had facilitated a group of women who had been survivors of trafficking to work with June and the thoroughbreds. The second was Eddie Rea, a severe PTSD sufferer. 

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June Burgess Named Duchess of Cornwall’s Country Champion

June Burgess has been named as the Duchess of Cornwall’s Country Champion along with 11 others from across the UK.

As part of her role guest editing the 13th July 2022 edition of Country Life, the Duchess has chosen people associated with country pursuits including a wine producer, a bee master and TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

June found herself among esteemed company this year based on a visit the Duchess made to her farm outside Comber in May 2021.

‘Without exception, everyone was so touched and uplifted by her genuine interest. None of us had any idea that she would be so warm and engaging,’ June says.

‘The Duchess’s seal of approval gave me such a personal boost that it has inspired me ever since.’

June runs a unique equine therapy company which specialises in adults only and helps to retrain eventing and racehorses once they are past their prime in their sports to live successful and meaningful lives as equine therapy horses.

Dealing with corporate groups for leadership and communication training along with veterans who are living with a range of challenges including PTSD and depression, June is creating noise in providing support in a format which otherwise isn’t available to these groups.

You can read more about the Duchess of Cornwall’s Country Champions on the below link.