The Duchess of Cornwall, 73, was recently named the royal patron of HorseBack U.K., a leading organization in mental health recovery. (If the charity sounds familiar, it’s probably because the royal visited the headquarters in South Ferrar, Aboyne, back in 2019.)
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We’re not totally surprised by the partnership, since Bowles has always been passionate about horses. Not only is she a skilled equestrian, but she’s also been a longtime supporter of animal therapy. However, the more we learn about the organization, the more we realize why she decided to join the cause.
HorseBack U.K. offers support to the community through horsemanship and outdoor events. The activities are designed to help people establish emotional connections using education and recovery tools.
The charity has multiple programs that are geared toward different age groups. For example, the military programs are designed specifically for veterans. The Schools Development Program is meant for teenagers, who are seeking a SQA Level 4 Certificate in Personal Development Through Horsemanship. The same goes for the most recent addition, the Youth Development Program, which launched in collaboration with The Prince’s Trust.
According to HorseBack U.K.’s co-founder, Emma Hutchison, the partnership was a no-brainer. “We are incredibly grateful to The Duchess of Cornwall for accepting the invitation to become our patron,” she said in a statement, per Hello! magazine. “As a keen equestrian herself, HRH understands how horses can help have a positive impact on our well-being and recovery.”
We fully support this new endeavor.
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