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3rd June 2024

Bransby Horses will have five members of their equine welfare team at Appleby Horse Fair this year, working alongside the RSPCA veterinary team.  

This year’s event will also see us once again working as part of the Appleby Horse Project to highlight the importance of watering horses during the five-day event which starts on June 6.

The project will be promoting the importance of providing water for horses at the fair, through posters, on social media and even on specially created beer mats at local pubs.  

Bransby Horses Welfare Manager Rachel Jenkinson said: “We attend the fair every year to support the veterinary team and promote the health and happiness of the horses there.” 

The annual Gypsy Roma and Traveller gathering, which is the biggest in the UK, begins next Thursday (June 6) and runs until Monday (June 10) in the Cumbrian town of Appleby-in-Westmorland.  

The fair celebrates Gypsy Romany and Travelling community heritage and has been taking place for at least 300 years, it is also known as a place for trading horses. 

An experienced and committed team of charity and private practice vets, logistics experts, enforcement and education officers have been supporting the protection and wellbeing of horses at the Fair for over 20 years. 

The Appleby Horse Project consists of members of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC), including Bransby Horses and the RSPCA, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Blue Cross, World Horse Welfare, The British Horse Society, The Donkey Sanctuary and Oak Tree Animals. 

This year there will be a vet station at Salt Tip Corner where assistance can be sought for any animal that needs it. The vet station will be staffed on Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm. 

Anyone who is worried about an animal at the event should approach an RSPCA or police officer or call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 or police on 101.