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Issue 10
June 2015

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It rained during the week and it rained the following day, but on Sunday 17 May the sun shone brightly on Stilemans for our first Members' Open Day at this super establishment.


Many of our supporters made the trip to Surrey to meet the horses currently at the centre and to witness first-hand our super facilities.

Not all our Patrons were able to attend, but we were delighted that Julie Routledge-Martin could make the trip down from Derbyshire to support the day, which seemed the right opportunity to announce the good news that David Ray has agreed to become our fourth Patron. The full board of Trustees turned out to join supporters in enjoying the offerings of a range of stands including an equestrian photographer, our feed merchants and HayGain, the manufacturers of leading brand of hay steamers. We had a well-stocked bric-a-brac stall, a raffle and auction to raise welcome extra funds for our work.

As this was our first big event in our new environment, the day had a trial and error feel to it, but thankfully the event went without a hitch, and even the horses helped out by behaving themselves impeccably. After a guided tour of the yard all guests took their places around the new sand school and several of our current horses were paraded, along with one of our re-homed horses, Jack Cairo, whose keeper Sally Blackburn kindly brought him back for the day to give a ridden demonstration. Our thanks go to Sally for supporting us this way as a lot of effort went into making this happen.

The show-stopper had to be the guest appearance of none other than Cheltenham National Hunt Festival Winner Darna strutting his stuff at the end of the day, under the capable handling of Lesley Shillito and our thanks go to our Patron Julie, who owns Darna and financed the trip down from Derbyshire, where he was having his summer holiday.

There are many people to thank for making the day such a success, not least Adrian Boylan who sponsored the delicious refreshments, Linda and Carl Conroy for sponsoring the PA system and all those who purchased raffle tickets or auction items. A very special thank you goes to our Trustee Edmund for purchasing and donating a magnificent HayGain hay steamer, for the benefit of the significant number of horses at the centre, who need treated hay to keep them in the best of health.

The day really was a huge success and it was so encouraging to be made aware of just how much support this charity has and heart-warming knowing how many people are genuinely concerned as to the fate of these super horses as and when their racing career comes to an end. On behalf of everyone at the Racehorse Sanctuary and most importantly the horses themselves we thank you all immensely.


The opportunity of the Open Day was taken to launch our new fundraising appeal. It costs £30,000 a year to feed the horses at Stilemans; that is £2,500 a month or over £80 per day.

Retired racehorses still require feed tailored to their particular requirements, especially as they get older or have individual health problems. To get their Oat Cuisine right can be as much of a challenge as feeding them when they were active athletes.

Please help us put the right ingredients in the horses' nosebags! Choose from our Stilemans Food Store and just as you would at home 'buy' what you feel you can afford, in the form of a donation, which you can Gift Aid. Click on this link to see what is on sale.

  • Make a cash donation that you can afford; if the donation is over £20, you are a tax payer and you have not already done so, please download and complete a Gift Aid form.
  • Donate online at our dedicated Nosebag Appeal page on JustGiving. Go to: www.tinyurl.com/q9ssqpx and follow the instructions.
  • Download and complete a Standing Order mandate and donate just £3 per month. Regular income in this form is a great help to the charity in ensuring our horses' dietary needs are fully met for the best quality of life.
  • Donate small sums by text, paid with your mobile bill: TEXT: HORS20 £1 or £2 or £3 or £4 or £5 or £10 to 70070


It was with great sadness we learned recently of the loss of Shakerattleandroll, known to us as Rolo, who suffered a fatal injury in a freak accident in his paddock

Our thoughts are with Jaye who gave Rolo a loving home for the past six years and had formed a truly deep bond with him. Rolo was a true gentleman who gave his all and never asked for a thing in return, he will be sadly missed and never forgotten by all who were lucky enough to know him.

Very encouraging news that Wavertree Warrior's flexible Imprint shoes have encouraged new hoof and foot growth. Recent X-rays have shown a degree of stabilisation of his problem foot which has delighted the vet and specialist farrier, who examined him recently. Former connections made a great fuss of him at the recent Members' Open Day; his JustGiving page is still open for donations towards the special care he needs.

The most recent riding horse to move on after assessment at Stilemans is Portrait Emotion. Buddy as she calls him, is settling in very well with his new keeper Mary in Kent.

Our latest recruit is multiple race winner The Betchworth Kid, whose connections have been long time active supporters of the Sanctuary. Injury brought BK's racing career to a close, but he recovered sufficiently well to have a subsequent career at the Northern Racing School, before further injury set him back, and the decision was taken that he should move to Stilemans into the care of Graham and Sue. Here he is surveying his new home from the isolation paddock he will use for a couple of weeks, to insure he is free of infection.

Do not forget that you do not have to wait a month for news of the horses: Graham posts much more regular updates on our Facebook page: click here.


Our next major fundraising event will be a Champagne Reception and Lunch with Charity Auction at Sandown Park Racecourse on Wednesday 16 September 2015

Wonderful news that our major partners St James's Place Wealth Management have renewed their generous sponsorship and support for this event. Victoria and Graham have reached an agreement with the racecourse management, which will allow us to keep the cost per head at £85. This is a great event to enjoy with your friends, and represents exceptional value for a day's quality sporting entertainment. So please make sure your friends also have this date reserved in their dairies.

Regular supporters will soon be receiving their invitations by post. However, if you would like to reserve tickets online, a booking form will be available shortly through the Sandown Raceday page on our website with a link posted on Facebook.


Do not forget Val's Quiz Night at Godalming Borough Hall on Saturday 6 June. For all the details please download the file from this link.

Supporter Julia has used her influence in Hollywood to secure us a promise of a showing of the new equine feel-good film Dark Horse at a Picture House venue. Details still have to be sorted out, but watch this space - well our website really! We will probably aim for early in the summer school holidays.

Help the Racehorse Sanctuary:
You can donate using the power and simplicity of SMS - all you need to do is text HORS20 followed by a space, then an amount you wish to donate: £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 (Example: HORS20 £5) and send it to 70070
The Sanctuary's JustGiving page is a very convenient means to securing donations to the Sanctuary.

And it will not cost you anything. All you have to do is shop on line through our very own shopping portal. It is so simple and easy to do, once you register and download the shopping bar. Start with booking you last minute holidays by clicking the link below!
Cheques can be sent to: The Racehorse Sanctuary, The Stable Yard, Stilemans, Munstead, Godalming, Surrey
GU8 4AB. If you would like to donate cash or other forms, please contact us directly.