IHWTIrish Horse Welfare Trust
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For more information on the IHWT, how you can support it or make a donation go to ihwt.
The IHWT will promote as many events as possible on its website to encourage maximum participation.
Debbie Johnson, spokesperson for the IHWT, said: "Having him here acting as our flagship has opened so many doors.
IHWT would like to acknowledge and thank John Osborne [stud CEO] and the Irish National Stud for their support.
The first IHWT auction, in 2005, raised EUR170,000 and helped the organisation buy a new home in Woodenbridge, County Wicklow, where it now cares for more than 60 equines.
After the coldest winter in many years and due to the effects of the recession, the IHWT has more demands than ever on its resources, including rising numbers of rescue cases involving neglected and abused horses.
Sharon Newsome, co-founder of the IHWT, explained: "Companies will pay an annual membership of EUR250 a year to be included in our Open Welfare Register, available for all to see on our new website www.
The IHWT is the leading horse welfare charity in Ireland, and patrons include O'Brien and Jessica Harrington, as well as Sir Peter O'Sullevan, owner-breeder Lady O'Reilly and RTE racing team member Tracey Piggott.
Sharon Newsome, of the IHWT, said: "We are extremely gratefully for the ongoing support of everyone involved in the equine industry.
Jessica Harrington says: "He's in great form and is helping with the fundraising for the new farm the IHWT has bought.
IHWT spokesperson Sharon Newsome said: "Our programme in comparison to the UK is pretty small, in that we have one full-time member of staff and three part-timers.
IHWT secretary Sharon Newsome, who has been responsible for much of the progress of recent years with the help of committed volunteers, has been thrilled by the generous response from the industry.