Category Archives: RD Equestrian Charity News

Orphaned foal Breeze needs help to find a cuddly companion!

Staff at The Mare and Foal Sanctuary are appealing for help to find orphaned foal Breeze a giant cuddly toy to snuggle up to in his stable.

The 4-day-old Dartmoor Hill Pony, who was rescued by the Sanctuary last Friday (24th May) needs a big teddy to cosy up to when he goes to sleep.  Breeze 1

Syra Bowden, Executive Director at the Sanctuary, said: “Sadly, little Breeze has not got his mum around to keep him company and although his carers here at the Sanctuary work around the clock to look after him, it’s not quite the same.

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Equestrian’s best head to Pontispool

Britain’s top event riders will be out in force at Pontispool Equine Sports Centre’s second affiliated event of the year on September 9 and 10. The Rotary Club will once again be manning the gates and all proceeds of the £5 per car entrance fee will be donated to the Children’s Hospice South West’s Its Childsplay appeal. Last year’s gate collection was for Shelter Box, and a temporary home was sent to the Congo as a direct result of donations on the gate. In May this year nearly £1500 was raised for Its Childsplay.

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Charity’s ‘biggest loser’ to be announced at Summer Extravaganza

World Horse Welfare is going to announce their “biggest loser” amongst their Shetland ponies at this year’s Summer Extravaganza in Norfolk.

Over the past six weeks volunteers have been taking the Shetland ponies at Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Snetterton for walks to keep them trim over the summer months.  At the extravaganza’s educational corner, they will be weighed to see which pony has lost the most weight since the walks started.  The charity’s vet and farrier will also be on hand in the educational corner to answer any questions from members of the public.

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Top tips from the experts at World Horse Welfare

World Horse Welfare is giving you the chance to learn from a number of equine experts at our Spring Talk later this month.

Members of the public will be able to gain in-depth knowledge about several horse-related subjects such: – as worming, insurance, farriery, nutrition and polework at our Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Snetterton on Tuesday 29 May 2012.

We have a number of guest speakers at the event which include: –

• Vet Andy Williamson from Uplands Way Vets in Diss, Attleborough and Cromer

• John Blake from Breckland Farriers

• World Horse Welfare Field Officer Jacko Jackson

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Stride Out this summer for the working animals of the world

SPANA, the charity for the working animals of the world, is calling on people to Stride Out this summer and hold a sponsored walk, cycle, horse ride or run in aid of the charity.

The new fundraiser invites people to pick the Stride Out activity that best suits them and to choose the location, date and distance of their event.  For those who wish to follow in the footsteps of working animals, a selection of Stride Out routes with animal connections are also on offer such as canal towpaths, drovers’ roads and bridleways.

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Surrey Spring Show 20th May 2012

At the inaugural show last year  the Surrey Spring Show raised a staggering £16,000.00, which was donated to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley.

The second annual Surrey Spring Show will be held on the 20th May 2012 at Felbridge Show ground.

The Harwoods Group has agreed to be the overall show sponsor ensuring that all the costs of the show are cvered and again that every penny donated or raised on the day of the show will be directly received by the two chosen charities.

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Horses set to be ‘egg-static’ at World Horse Welfare this Easter

World Horse Welfare’s rescue horses are set to be ‘egg-static’ next month as they are holding a free Easter Fun Day at the Glenda Spooner Farm in Somerset.

The event on Saturday 7 April 2012 is jam-packed full of fun things for the family to enjoy such as: – groom a pony sessions, yard tours, Easter card making and an Easter egg colouring competition.

Everyone is welcome to come along to the free event in Somerton, Somerset between 11am and 4pm.  As well as all of the fun activities, there are plenty of opportunities to meet all of the wonderful horses and ponies  at the centre as you take a walk around the farm tracks.  Well-behaved dogs are also very welcome.

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St Patrick’s Thursday at Cheltenham Racecourse

For past two years, Cancer Research UK has partnered with Cheltenham Racecourse to raise a phenomenal £380,000 for our lifesaving research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.  2012’s event is set to be no different and to continue in our achievements. On Thursday 15th March 2012, Cancer Research UK will once again host:

• ‘The St Patricks Derby’ – a one mile, five furlong charity race featuring 12 riders each pledging to raise £5000

• Bucket collections

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Kennet Valley Driving Group RDA

Kennet Valley Driving Group RDA are looking for new drivers and volunteers for their disabled carriage driving group.

Drivers and volunteers should be aged 16 or over. The Group can take drivers with physical disabilities only and they must be able to use and transfer to and from a manual wheelchair and into and out of a car. The Group meet twice a week – Tuesday and Thursday – from 10 a.m. for about 3 hours and have recently moved to Maizey Farm Rockley near Marlborough so are nearer Swindon.  If you are interested please contact me and I will forward your details on.

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Charlies Challenge Horse Show

Charlies Challenge Horse Show took place at Rose Cottage Stud, Wokingham on Sunday 3rd May.  It was a fabulous day, assisted greatly by glorious weather and a great team of helpers.  The atmosphere was very relaxed and friendly and everyone had some fun – which was the secondary objective of the day.  The first being of course raising money for Charlie Adams appeal.

£3300 was raised towards Charlies Challenge and the organisers wish to thank everyone for their support.  A single donation from a famous DJ/TV presenter for £5000 was also received so all in all it was a great fund raiser.

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