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12/02/2013

12th February - Buckingham Palace to welcome top British riders to The Coronation Festival

Lucky visitors to this summer's The Coronation Festival will have the exclusive opportunity to not only meet two of Britain's top young riders, Sophie Wells MBE and Laura Collett, but also receive riding tuition on a mechanical horse.

The Coronation Festival is a one-off event taking place between 11 and 14 July for holders of Royal Warrants to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Queen's Coronation and is open to members of the public.

Dodson & Horrell, Europe's leading manufacturer of horse feed, has been invited to this unique event having held a Royal Warrant for its horse feed since 1985, and for its dog food brand Chudleys since 2006. The Festival will showcase the very best of the UK's Royal Warrant holders with over 200 companies taking part.

Dressage rider Sophie Wells, who won Team Gold and two Individual Silver medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, will join young eventing star Laura Collett at the Festival at Buckingham Palace to fly the flag for British riding on behalf of Dodson & Horrell.

And as well as two of the country's most talented young riders, Dodson & Horrell will also be joined by the mechanical horse from the joint Hoof and British Equestrian Trade Association initiative ‘Take Up the Reins', allowing Festival-goers to try horseriding for the first time or hone their existing riding skills, under the expert guidance of Sophie and Laura.

‘Take Up the Reins' is the British Equestrian Federation's Olympic and Paralympic legacy campaign, which aims to encourage more people to take up horseriding or get involved with the sport, and it will take pride of place on the Dodson & Horrell stand at the Festival.  As well as supporting talented riders, Dodson & Horrell is the official supplier of nutrition to Equestrian Team GBR.

Commenting on her involvement with the Festival, Sophie Wells, said: "It's a real privilege to be invited to The Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace by Dodson & Horrell and l am so pleased that the mechanical horse will be there as well; part of the London 2012 legacy is all about inspiring the next generation and you never know, we may be able to inspire a future riding champion."

Laura Collett, who is already training hard with Rio 2016 in her sights, said: "I am really looking forward to being a part of The Coronation Festival and am honoured that Dodson & Horrell has asked me to represent them. 2012 was a magnificent year for the UK with London 2012 and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and The Coronation Festival in 2013 gives us a great opportunity to extend the celebrations."

Tickets for the Coronation Festival are available to buy now online via www.coronationfestival.com or by calling 0844 858 9071.