With the unique Montrose Equine Youth Development Programme having successfully rehabilitated 100s of at-risk youngsters over the years, SA’s premier horseracing festival, L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, is proud to announce the Montrose Foundation as the official beneficiary for this year’s inaugural festival.
Last year, LQP’s donation to the Montrose Foundation went towards the funding of the Durbanville Childrens’ Home and Bosasa Horizon youth groups, with 16 youngsters taking part in the Equine Youth Development Programme. “Apart from being the highlight of the Cape social calendar, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate has long aimed to aid local communities and causes and The Montrose Foundation speaks to the spirit of LQP bringing people and horses together,” says 2017 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Coordinator, Katherine Gray.
Equine Assisted intervention has gained recognition and popularity due to its successful non-traditional approach to psychotherapy. The unique program teaches vulnerable youth to address dysfunctional behaviour and challenging life situations as well as empowering them to make positive life choices.
“For many of these children, interacting with horses is the first time in their lives that they experience an authentic relationship. These keenly intuitive animals continue to heal and help many young people to see their own potential and interest in living a fulfilling life through the process of equine-assisted intervention,” says Montrose Foundation General Manager, Sunette de Flamingh.
Since its inception in 2008, Montrose has supported the transformation of affected individuals, families and communities with 551 youth from various NGOs having successfully graduated from the programme.
“It is inspiring to witness the emotional growth and positive life changes in these children. It makes us deeply grateful to the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate for its continued support,” adds Sunette de Flamingh. In an effort to raise funds, LQP has partnered with the Amaani Blue Train and will be running a raffle where guests can win two 5 Star tickets on the Blue Train while all moneys received will be donated to the Montrose Foundation in order to support their equine programmes.
Named one of The Telegraph’s top five race days in the world, LQP will take place on 6 & 7 January, 2017, at Kenilworth Racecourse, where race-goers, donned in the event’s signature blue and white, will look on as the Western Cape’s finest fillies race it out in pursuit of the prestigious Sceptre Stakes on Friday and SA’s premium thoroughbreds compete for the coveted L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate LQP R1.5 million purse on Saturday.