Badminton Horse Trials vet Richard Hepburn has taken part in a documentary film on horse safety at the world-renowned three day event, which started yesterday.

Mr Hepburn joined top rider Ian Stark and British Eventing’s national safety officer Jonathan Clissold for the film, put together and edited by World Horse Welfare (WHW), Britain’s largest horse rescue and rehoming charity.

The documentary explores how British Eventing data collated over time has helped to improve safety, how vet services are as important as the event and how much thought and preparation goes into horse welfare and safety at events such as Badminton.

Mr Hepburn speaks about the structure of the medical services provided for competing horses on cross country day and across the three-day event.

Ian Stark presents the film and gives viewers an insight into how an eventing champion jumps the fences.

The documentary underlines WHW’s support for the responsible use of horses in sport and its experience as independent welfare advisor to the FEI and British Horseracing Authority that safety measures need not detract from the spectacle at sporting events.

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You can visit World Horse Welfare at stand 86 on the east side of the main arena at the horse trials, which end on Sunday.

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