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Chantal rides for Brooke charity in Ridgeway Relay

PUBLISHED: 15:19 02 November 2011 | UPDATED: 20:13 20 February 2013

Chantal rides for Brooke charity in Ridgeway Relay

Chantal rides for Brooke charity in Ridgeway Relay

Chantal Cornelius from Compton in Berkshire is taking on the Ridgeway Relay on 6 November to raise money for leading international animal welfare organisation, the Brooke.

Local horse rider Chantal Cornelius from Compton in Berkshire, is taking on the Ridgeway Relay on 6 November to raise money for leading international animal welfare organisation, the Brooke.

Chantal will be covering 37 miles of the Ridgeway Relay in one day. She will begin her adventure by running 15 miles from Avebury to Swindon, then cycle 12 miles to Wantage before riding her horse Bee Bee 10 miles back to her home in Compton to the finish line.

The furthest I've run is 13 miles back in May 2011 for the Neolithic Half Marathon in Wiltshire so there's a bit of work to do there. I've not ridden a bike since 2009 and have never ridden one off road, so there's a lot of work to do there too! The horse riding bit should be OK, as long as I'm not so tired that I can't hold on and steer her home, says Chantal.

The relay is part of Chantals fundraising for a forthcoming Indian horse riding challenge in aid of the Brooke that takes place in February 2012. Riders will travel an average of 30km a day across Rajasthan and camp each night during the six day trek.

Ive done a ride for the Brooke every year that theyve done one, since 2004, so this will be my seventh. Ive had the opportunity to visit places like India, Jordan and Kenya, each time seeing the Brookes work in action as well. I will keep on doing rides until I cant get on a horse anymore! Chantal adds.

Money Chantal raises will go towards helping improve the lives of hard working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the worlds poorest communities. Many animals work for up to 12 hours a day in unbearable conditions hauling heavy loads to support the families who rely on them.

The Brooke operates across Africa, Asia and Latin America, providing veterinary treatment and community programmes around animal health and wellbeing.

We are thrilled to see Chantal taking part in another overseas ride in aid of the Brooke. The money she raises will go a long way to helping many working horses, donkeys and mules across the developing world who play a vital role to peoples livelihoods, says Sasha Need, the Brookes Senior Community Fundraising Officer.

If you are interested in organising an event to raise money for the Brooke, please visit www.thebrooke.org/events

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