#JontyAndArt - the auction edition

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"Cooley Rorkes Drift is the horse that I feel at one with, my partner, my best friend. He wouldn’t let me down, and I will try everything I can to not let him down. I need people’s help."

Irish Olympian Jonty Evans is faced with the prospect of losing his partner and best friend, the incredible Cooley Rorkes Drift. Known as 'Art' to his friends, the 11-year-old Irish Sport Horse partnered Jonty to ninth place at last year's Rio Olympics and 20th place at this year's Badminton in a performance that undeniably stole the hearts of the public. It's clear that there are great things to come from this amazing pair, beginning with the 2017 European Championships in Strzegom next month. 

But they need your help. An unequivocally talented horse like Art doesn't often slip under the radar, and his owners have been made an offer that they can't refuse. With young children to think about this is completely justifiable but unfortunately, is often the way that great partnerships end. But we don't have to accept the inevitable - instead, we can all get involved in a little slice of history and join the fantastic family that has formed around this inimitable duo. To Jonty, Art isn't just a competitive partner - rather, he's his best mate, and the relationship that they share is rare, special, and the best possible representation of the sport of eventing. We owe it to the sport, to the horse, and to one very kind-hearted man to show our support and rally around in this tough time. 

So many of you have already donated, and that's absolutely brilliant - the funds raised in just the first 72 hours were dizzying, humbling, and encouraging. Now, we bring you phase two of Operation Art: our much-anticipated auction. I never like to promise much, but in this, I can promise you some seriously amazing lots, donated by some absolutely wonderful people and businesses. We hope you take the time to have a look through the website of any of the lots that you're interested in. 

Have a look through and place your bids on any of the items that take your fancy. Many of them are real money-can't-buy items, so don't miss out - you can submit a proxy bid if you're unable to keep an eye on the action towards the end of the auction. 

For more information or to donate, visit jontyandart.com

Curious to know the stats behind Cooley Rorkes Drift, and why he's one of the best event horses this decade? Of course you are. Luckily, the clever chaps at EquiRatings have crunched the numbers. They explain all here

£ 1,300
A week in a villa in the French Riviera
£ 650
A week in the south of Portugal
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