A GANG of equine veterinary scientists on motorbikes has completed a 1,000-mile road trip around the UK, delivering CPD at each of the seven vet schools and raising money for charity.

A GANG of equine veterinary scientists on motorbikes has completed a 1,000-mile road trip around the UK, delivering CPD at each of the seven vet schools and raising money for charity.
 
Horse Power CPD gets underwayThe Horse Power CPD tour kick-started on July 26 and took place over six days, which saw the 10-strong biker gang  – Derek Knottenbelt, Jessica Kidd, Caroline Hahn, Josh Slater, David Bolt, Peter Brown, Peter McElroy, Mike Hewetson, Alex Dugdale and Mike Shepherd – deliver equine CPD at every UK veterinary school along the way.
 
Although the CPD was offered free, attendees were asked for donations to BEVA Trust and the disabled riding centre operated by Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA) in Mali. The motorcyclists’ aim was to raise £60,000 to support the riding school, which is struggling to survive.   
 
Outlining the reasons for supporting SPANA’s riding centre, motorcyclist and Liverpool equine medicine professor Derek Knottenbelt, said: “The disabled riding centre was set up to provide disabled, abandoned children with a positive learning experience. Orphanages in Mali can only supply the necessities for survival but the volunteers at the riding centre offer emotional and intellectual stimulation.
 
Professor Derek Knottenbelt“Horse riding enhances muscle control and co-ordination, which is particularly important for children learning to live with physical disabilities. The horses and donkey help the children gain confidence and demonstrate significant progress in coping with their condition.
 
“To help raise the funds for the centre to remain open, we decided to put together a six-day event that would highlight their work, but also allow us to deliver the latest developments in equine medicine to practicing vets. The motorcycle ride across the country was a fun and challenging way of showing what the centre does and how we can help support them.”
 
The motorcycle CPD tour has raised £36,312 for the riding school so far, although donations are still gratefully accepted at www.justgiving.co.uk/horsepowercpd.

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