A HORSES and ponies support group are celebrating their 80th anniversary.

HAPPA (Horses and Ponies Protection Association), founded in 1937, is committed to equine welfare through rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming and education and uses a practical approach to deliver and promote high standards of equine care.

The group’s inspectors investigate over 600 complaints of cruelty each year, offering advice and support where possible and prosecuting where necessary.

The group celebrated their 80th anniversary at Shores Hey Farm Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre, Briercliffe, Burnley by staging a Grand Open Day on Saturday.

During the day there were displays in the Indoor Arena by the HAPPA team and equines, a Western Riding display with Charlie Madeley and horse Spangle.

There was also a variety of stalls by HAPPA, other animal charities, crafts and photography, and children’s fun with The Tommy Trotter Experience.

Visitors also got the chance to speak to the team of Lancashire Fire and Rescue who attended with a rescue vehicle, which children had the chance to sit in.

HAPPA congratulated everyone who supported the event to raise over £3,000 for the charity.