Actor and British Horse Society president Martin Clunes accepted a special commendation at the National Equine Forum on behalf of six UK equine charities.

Actor and British Horse Society president Martin Clunes accepted a special commendation at the National Equine Forum (NEF) on behalf of Blue Cross, the British Horse Society, HorseWorld, Redwings, the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare.

Martin ClunesMr Clunes was presented with a bronze sculpture in recognition of the unique collaborative work that these six charities have undertaken to help the horses and ponies that are suffering in Britain’s emerging horse crisis.

There are an estimated 6,000 horses and ponies at risk of needing rescuing this winter and, as a direct result of this, these six charities have pulled together to ask the Government and the public to help in this time of great need.

The bronze was originally to have been awarded to the late Professor Sir Colin Spedding, in recognition of his services to the equine sector – specifically his “extraordinary commitment” in founding the NEF and then being such an effective and amusing chair of the forum for 19 years.

Miles Williamson Noble, convener of the NEF explains: “Sir Colin sadly passed away in December last year. I know that he would have liked to have presented this commendation himself. Those who knew him will remember that, as well as Chinese proverbs, he loved stag beetles, and like horses, stag beetles are of course very formidable and useful creatures.”

Martin Clunes was nominated to receive the commendation on behalf of the charities because of his dedication, hard work and determination to inspire a passion for and improve the lot of the horse in the UK.

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