Horse is hot to trot in the Grand Tache-nal!

Cob horse Murphy, who is competing in a horse v human Movember contest.
Cob horse Murphy, who is competing in a horse v human Movember contest.

There’s usually plenty of horsing around for Movember, but an equestrian firm in Sowerby Bridge are saddling up for a hair-raising contest.

Equestrian Clearance, of Watson Mill Lane, are pitting a horse against a human in a moustache competition, and want the public to place their bets on who will win by sponsoring one of the contestants.

Murphy is a cob, a breed of small, stoutly built horses, who grow moustaches.

The 10-year-old equine is up against Ashley Forrester, who works for an engineering company in Hull and is a friend of Rosie Charles, Online Marketing Executive with Equestrian Clearance, who came up with the idea.

She said: “We wanted to put a horsey spin on Movember, as it’s for horses as well as people.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in the idea and we’re hoping to raise £1,000 via each contest.

“We’re hoping to make it an annual event as it puts a fun spin on raising money and it’s a really good cause.”

Movember was started by a group of men in Australia in 1999 with the aim of raising money for men’s health charities by being sponsored to grow their moustaches throughout November.

Ashley said: “I got a call from Rosie who said would I fancy doing something for Movember, but I couldn’t hear them very well.

“Anyway, I agreed and then I found out it was to do with this equestrian website, but I thought ‘why not?’, it’s for a good cause.

“It’s a bit of a novelty, quite unusual, and the horse will probably win. The horse will probably look better too!”

You can follow the tash contest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #moyourhorse and #horsevshuman

To sponsor either contestants, you can text ECMO50 £3 to 70070 to sponsor Ashley or ECMO60 £3 to sponsor Murphy.