A challenge in Peru to help the welfare of horses

Ella is taking on the challenge in Peru to raise money for the British Horse Society
Ella is taking on the challenge in Peru to raise money for the British Horse Society

A mother and daughter will be setting off to Peru on Friday to take part in a British Horse Society Welfare riding challenge.

Mary Cloake, 55, and her daughter Ella Cloake, 25, will be trekking at heights of up to 5,000 metres for six hours a day to raise money to support the welfare work of the British Horse Society.

Mary said: “We will be joining a team of eight from across the UK and will be out there for two weeks, camping out in freezing temperatures and risking sun burn in the day.

“The route is tough and we have been told to trust our ponies as they know how to navigate the narrow and dangerous paths.

“As we get closer to the challenge my feelings get more mixed, I am really excited about it and it is something that I have always wanted to do, it was on my bucket list.

“But then I think about the camping and the weather conditions and I wander how I am going to manage it and sitting on a saddle for six hours a day, it will definitely be difficult.

“We have been talking about doing it since 2014 and this year we thought lets just do it and it has really motivated me to get fit and lose weight.

“We have self-funded the trip so any donations made go to the British Horse Society.”

The pair will be following the trails through Andes which are narrow and the terrain is steep, they will travel through the mountains to the north of the Sacred Valley of the Incas.

Ella, added: “It is pretty exciting, it is something I have always wanted to do, so to be able to combine it with helping the horses is amazing.

“The charity is about animal care education and that is so important, in particular for horses, so hopefully we can raise a lot of money and awareness for what they do.”

To make a donation, visit: www.justgiving.com/Mary-Cloake