Olympian bids to save his ride

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Event rider Jonty evans has launched a crowd-fund­ing cam­paign in the hope of rais­ing £500,000 to buy his Olympic part­ner, Coo­ley Rorkes Drift (right).

the geld­ing was bought by Fiona el­liot at the Monart/ Go­ing For Gold Sale in Ire­land in 2010. Jonty has pro­duced ‘Art’ since he was a five year old, rack­ing up nu­mer­ous top re­sults, in­clud­ing fin­ish­ing ninth in Rio as the high­est-placed Ir­ish com­bi­na­tion.

‘the suc­cess that Art and I have achieved has not gone un­no­ticed and there have been some huge of­fers made. His own­ers have a young fam­ily and I un­der­stand their need to ac­cept an of­fer,’ says Mr evans, who lives in Glouces­ter­shire

In a race against time to se­cure his ride ahead of next month’s euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Poland, Mr evans hopes that his ‘horse of a life­time’ will be­come ‘the Peo­ple’s Horse’.

the cam­paign has raised just un­der £105,000 so far. You can do­nate at www.jontyan­dart.com Agnes Stamp

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