British-based Italian rider and trainer, Francesca Pollara is leading an urgent relief effort to help farmers whose livestock is in danger in the South of England as a result of devastating flooding. Francesca explains that this is not a short term exercise given the extent of the damage. We also hear about the recent threat to the future of Pratoni del Vivaro, the well-known Italian equestrian venue and site of the 1960 Rome Olympics and 1998 World Equestrian Games as well as other major championships. You can find Francesca's website here at and follow on Twitter @sunhillstud and email her at