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Mary King becomes first Blue Cross equine ambassador
Mary King is "thrilled" to take on her ambassador role at Blue Cross.
Olympic rider to raise awareness of charity’s horse welfare work

Mary King has become the first equine ambassador for Blue Cross.

The charity has two equine welfare centres in Staffordshire and Oxfordshire where mistreated and unwanted horses are rehabilitated and rehomed.

Mary King recently supported the Blue Cross National Equine Welfare Survey and aims to raise the profile of the charity’s equine welfare work.

King, a champion Event rider, has represented Great Britain at six olympics; winning team silver in 2004 and 2012, and team bronze in 2008. In addition, King has won the Badminton horse trials twice, team gold at two world equestrian games, and four team golds at the European eventing championships.

King has also ridden a rehabilitated Blue Cross horse, ‘Sheridan’, around the renowned course at Badminton horse trials, albeit not over any cross country jumps.

Commenting on her new ambassador position, King said: “I am truly thrilled to take on the role of equine ambassador for Blue Cross. I have immense respect for their welfare and rehoming work and hope that I will be able to help raise their profile in many ways.”

Blue Cross are currently running their Christmas Dinner Project which aims to provide animals in their care with a hearty Christmas dinner. To donate £1 to help fill a food bowl, please visit this link.

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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”