A RIDING instructor has received more then £2,500 in just five days to look after her horses during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Following recent Government health and safety advice, Sarah Mitchell-Sheppard had to close the gates to her Fovant riding centre, SMS Equestrian, on Monday, March 23.

With a need to still provide food for the horses however, on the night of the closure Sarah launched a crowdfunding page asking for £2,600, which would cover three months feeding and care.

By Saturday the target had been hit with 62 people donating to the cause.

Today the amount is £2,780 with 65 contributors.

Sarah said that her "beautiful family of clients" had gone "above and beyond" to help her achieve her fundraising goal.

She added: "This is so emotional and warming for me to see what a close family we have built.

"It is not just about the riding for us or the clients, it is the partnership between us all and the love everyone shares for the horses they ride."

The stable, which was launched in 2014, is aiming to reopen to continue offering lessons, but will remain closed for the foreseeable future as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Sarah added: "The hugely generous donations have lifted such a weight for us and means the horses can have a well deserved rest with the best possible care and attention."