Together for Racing International (TfRI) and France Galop have joined forces to support Cheval Esperance, an association to give those either socially or physically disadvantaged the opportunity to develop skills and confidence through equine therapy. France Galop has donated a race during its popular Deauville meeting to the cause, with the goal of raising €20,000.
Targeting people in the Normandy region of Rouen, Cheval Esperance was set up 15 years ago by Sabine and Laurent Bidault, who himself has a neurodegenerative disease. There are more than 200 riders each week that benefit from Cheval Esperance. Cheval Esperance is currently seeking donations to assist in renewing its equipment. Donations can be made at by clicking Cheval Esperance.
Anna Powell Development Director at TfRI commented, “This is a brilliant opportunity for French racing to get behind a worthy community engagement association such as Cheval Esperance. France Galop have generously offered up a race and in so doing they have given the association a platform to share their work with racing professionals. A huge thank you to the PMU, the Haras des Monceaux, Godolphin, Equidia and France Galop for making this day happen and we hope to leverage further industry support over the upcoming weeks for this great cause.”