AN animal-loving Strathpeffer teenager has handed over the £1513 he helped raise to combat a deadly horse disease.
Hunter Macdonald (15) had agreed to help neighbour Yvonne Maclean raise funds for research into equine grass sickness after one of her own horses became infected.
Feared by horse owners, its cause is unknown, though it is thought to be linked to a toxin contracted by horses fed on grass.
The disease results in damage to the nervous system and gut paralysis in affected animals, with up to 95 per cent of them dying.
While Yvonne’s horse survived, she was determined to help the Equine Grass Sickness Fund (EGSF) advance its research into the “horrifying” condition.
Hunter, a winner at Crufts, organised a dog show in Maryburgh which attracted more than 90 competitors and raised £1513 for the cause.
Yvonne said: “It went really well for him, he had 91 competitors turn up to strut their stuff round the Seaforth Riding school indoor arena with both pedigree classes followed by the fun classes. The EGSF is absolutely delighted and I am super proud of him. He has committed to doing it all over again next year with even more fun classes to add into the mix.”
Karen Taylor and her spaniel Jarrah won the fancy dress.
Yvonne said: “It is one of the best costumes I have seen in fancy dress and all put together by Karen herself.”
Mary-Jo Grant, a local vet from Conanvet, was also in attendance enjoying the fun with her children.
Hunter will compete in the grooming section of Crufts again this year with his grandad’s border terrier, Ton.