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Hannah Marsh

Hannah's 24-Hour Challenge Ride

I'm getting in the saddle for 24 hours straight for The British Horse Society because action's needed against the equine welfare crisis

raised by 74 supporters

The British Horse Society

We work on behalf of all horses in the UK to protect and promote their interests

Charity Registration No. 210504


For a long time, charities have been warning that Britain is in the midst of the worst equine welfare crisis in living memory. Decades of unchecked and indiscriminate breeding combined with a difficult financial climate have resulted in the number of horses in Britain far exceeding the number of knowledgeable and experienced homes available to care for them.

When supply outstrips demand, values fall. When something’s value falls, it becomes cheaper to replace and less care is taken of it.

The consequences of this for a living creature can be devastating.

In aid of the BHS's work, the Society is challenging me to undertake the impossible – a 24-hour challenge ride at my local BHS Approved Riding Centre, Quob Stables, near Southampton on Wednesday 6 August! I'm one of the BHS’s Development Officers, based in the South Region, and I'll be in the saddle for a staggering full 24 hours.

The 24-hour Challenge Ride will take all of my skill and experience as I tackle many different equestrian disciplines as the hours pass by. Quob is doing a fantastic job of making sure I stay entertained – the challenge will kick off with two hours of horseball, followed by joining in with their Pony Club camp ride, then a cross-country lesson and gymkhana games. It’s going to be great fun, and though I’m getting a little nervous about what I have let myself in for, I am also really excited!

The centre is holding an Open Evening on the Wednesday night, when we hope to showcase some more disciplines including polocrosse, side-saddle and western riding, so I’ll be trying those out in front of an audience. As if 24 hours in the saddle weren’t enough of a challenge, I think the team at Quob is trying to ensure they get every ounce of energy out of me!

If you'd like to find out more about the BHS's work, please visit our website at


  • 'Training' in the office!
  • With the horse I rode on the BHS Challenge Ride in Jordan, which was what made me want to do something to fundraise more for BHS welfare.
  • Out and about with my own horse - not for quite as long as my Challenge!