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SADDLE UP FOR 100 MILES IN 100 DAYS


By Angela Taylor


ABOUT THE AUTHOR AngelaT


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ManagerofMansionHill Vets,MiddletonCheney. Angela is in control of the day-to-day running of the practice, ensuring we provide an outstanding all-round service to clients and their animals. Having accrued 5 years experience in marketing and market intelligence in the animal health and agricultural sectors. Always happiest with a dog by her side, Angela has a strong affinity with animals and is keen to develop her interests and understanding of animal behaviour. Outside of work, Angela is also an outdoorsy sort and can be found dog walking, horse-riding, surfing and, very occasionally, running. The rest of the time she is kept busy keeping her husband – Mansion Hill’s very own vet – fed, watered and content – a full-time job in itself! www.mansionhillvets.co.uk


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here’s always a good reason to go for a hack. It’s the main thing I do with my horses, it’s why


I got into riding in the first place; nature, exercise and companionship with your horse. Can it get any better? As it happens – yes! Add in a fun goal, the best weather we’ve had for ages, raise some money for a wonderful equine charity along the way and Bob’s your uncle it’s MyHackathon! I came across MyHackathon, one


of Brooke’s community fundraising initiatives, on Facebook. I’d been thinking of doing a distance riding challenge and then one day when Iwas idly scrolling down my newsfeed for the 100th time (I’mcompletely addicted – it’s a problem!) this hackathon thing popped up. I’d heard of Brooke so Ihad a little investigate. Whether it was coincidence or a cunning social media ploy I was definitely curious! “Get on your horse, take part in


MyHackathon and help raise money for Brooke” the website said. “The challenge set is to ride 100 miles in 100 days and raise £100. You can either take part alone and ride 100 miles or share the distance with friends... We are encouraging people to get on a horse, commit to challenging themselves and raise lots of money. By getting in the saddle, you and your


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horse could help reduce the immediate suffering of the world’s most vulnerable working horses and donkeys.” A pretty good idea right? We’ve


all seen images in the media of hard working horses, ponies and donkeys abroad, slogging away for their humans, often in terrible conditions and in desperate need of some tlc. So quick as a flash Iregistered, set up a justgiving fundraising page, downloaded a ride tracking app (so cool – it tracks how far you go, how fast you go, which gait you’re travelling at and then plots it all out on a map or satelite image) and I was ready. Now to tell the horses. Zan, my 7 year old traditional coblett was delighted to hear of our new


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