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Royal Highland Show celebrates 200th anniversary with a Grass Sickness Survivors Parade

Professor Lee Innes of The Moredun Foundation joined the RHS TV commentary box, to explain more about the disease and the exciting new research projects, including the EGS Biobank, generously supported by the British Horse Society.

You can watch the RHS TV interview with Professor Lee Innes of The Moredun Foundation and some footage of the parade here

Nine horses and ponies came forward for our Survivors Parade at the Royal Highland Show. Seven of them were survivors – giant clydesdale Scottie, who led the parade, sport horses Bart and Henry, cob Cindy, riding school superstar Nugget, and cute ponies Ollie and Dainty. Two further horses, Wini and Image, the golden oldies, attended in memory of their young field companion Tommy, who lost his life to acute grass sickness.

We were delighted to be joined by some very special EGS VIPs to present the rosettes: Jen McLellan of the Dick Vet, who helped nurse some of the participants back to health, Melody Ashcroft of Heald Town Highland Pony Stud, who takes the photos for our annual fundraising calendar, and Jane Hutcheon of Norbrook GB.

Huge thanks to the Royal Highland Show for giving us the great honour of showcasing our survivors in the main arena, in particular Anne Logan, Chairman of the Equine Grass Sickness Fund.

Full story and images – Thanks are also due to Andi Neilson who created a wonderful script to tell the story of each individual survivor, to Chloe Nielson for taking the images, and to Yvonne Maclean whose sashes made them look simply fabulous.


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