Police backing for equestrian anti-bullying campaign

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A campaign tackling bullying in the equestrian world is being supported by Northumbria Police at an event next week in north Northumberland.

A free event is being held by Northumbria Police and Blue Chip all-star finalist David Morris, on Monday, from noon to 3pm, at Alnwick Ford Equestrian, between Longframlington and Swarland, for people to show their support for the anti-bullying campaign developed by Tudor Rose Equines. There will be displays, stalls and a raffle.

PC Amy Tapping said: “This event is an amazing opportunity to promote the campaign and spread the word and ethos behind it. Not On My Yard is a campaign to highlight the problem of bullying in the equestrian world, from grassroots to professional, giving support to those struggling with it.

"I was amazed when I first started talking to people working in the equestrian world at how widespread bullying is and the effects it can have on the victims. I want to use this opportunity to remind people that we as a community should challenge bullying and remind people that it can very easily escalate into criminal offences involving the police.

"For a lot of people, going to the stables is their time to do something they enjoy and forget about the stresses of the day, it shouldn't be an additional stress and unhappy place for people.

"Bullying in the equestrian world had never been challenged until Tudor Rose Equine first launched the campaign in 2016 and we are looking to spread the word here in the North East, reminding people the bullying doesn’t stop on the yard and can carry on into social media and cyber bullying."

Bullying is something that affects a large majority of the population and much of it goes unreported, unnoticed and unresolved, but people should not suffer in silence and approach police for help.

PC Tapping added: "This event will also give us a great opportunity to showcase the amazing equestrians we have here and spread the word of Not On My Yard. It’s also a great chance for people to see and hear from those involved in different aspects of the horse world that they wouldn’t normally have access to such as the mounted section and national level competitors."