Top rider does the honours

A TOP international eventer will be guest of honour at the opening of a new state-of-the-art horse clinic.

The equine veterinary clinic is the latest addition to the Alnorthumbria Vets practice in Fairmoor, offering cutting-edge procedures that previously would only have been available at major equine hospitals and universities, such as The Dick Vet in Edinburgh.

World-famous eventer Mary King will officially cut the ribbon at a formal opening next month when clients will have the opportunity to see the facilities and learn more about the centre’s services.

Visitors will also be able to hear about Ms King’s plans for her 2012 Olympic Training Schedule, buy signed copies of her autobiography and pick up signed photographs.

The rider is a World and European Gold Medallist, Olympic rider and successful horse breeder, and last year won the largest single prize in eventing, the $150,000 HSBC Classic Award.

At 50, she is the only woman to have successfully returned to the sport after breaking her neck in a terrible accident. She will be accompanied at the clinic opening by her daughter Emily, who is part of the European Junior Event squad.

Lesley Barwise-Munro, of Alnorthumbria Vets, said: “We are delighted that Mary King has agreed to open the new practice as she is someone who really understands the importance of looking after your horses and the special treatment they require.

“The day will also be a chance for people to look around the new facilities and see demonstrations of the services that we can offer to their animals.”

As well as offering routine treatments, the clinic will significantly increase the range of equine procedures available in the region.

Even before its official opening, the centre has already improved the welfare of many horses through its laser and gastrocopy clinics and equine zone clinics for dental treatment and immunisation.

It is sited next to the practice’s small animal centre and is run by a team of five specialist equine vets.

The opening event will take place on Monday, December 19 at 1.30pm. Refreshments will be available and visitors can watch veterinary demonstrations.