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Issue 11
July 2015

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Our Fontwell raceday is always great fun and well supported. But there is no getting away from the fact that the event at Sandown Park has proved to be our most important fundraising event of the year.

Please do your best to maintain this level of success by supporting our Champagne Reception and Lunch with Charity Auction at Sandown Park Racecourse on Wednesday 16 September 2015, sponsored by our major partners St James's Place Wealth Management; this is a great event to enjoy with your friends, and represents exceptional value for a day's quality sporting entertainment.

Friends and regular supporters will have been receiving their invitations by post. If you have not had invitations or have mislaid them then please go to the Sanctuary website, go to 2015 Events Diary, then click through to download the Ticket Application Form, complete it and post it to the Stileman's address on the form, with your cheque for payment, or debit/credit card authorisation.

Whether you have received one with an invitation or downloaded a Ticket Application Form, and would prefer to pay on-line using our secure JustGiving events page, just click on the link from the website and follow the instructions; in which case please write paid on-line on the form before mailing it to Stilemans.


  • One Week Stay in a Luxury Seaside Villa in Mustique (for 10);
  • Visit for two people to the world-renowned Coolmore Stud, Co.Tipperary, Ireland, home of the famous stallions Rock of Gilbraltar, Galileo & Yeats;
  • Box at Sandown for 16 Guests;
  • One Week Stay at Cable Cottage in North Wales;
  • Champagne Breakfast & Morning on the Gallops at Robins Farm Racing, Surrey (for 6);
  • One Week Stay in a Dog-Friendly Derbyshire Farmhouse;
  • Morning on the Gallops with Brunch at Tom Gretton's Yard in Worcestershire followed by Racing at Stratford or Worcester (for 4);
  • Corporate Hospitality Day at Wildwood Golf Club, Surrey;
  • Tour of the Dorset Countryside in a Vintage Bentley with Lunch at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's Restaurant and visit to Mapperton's Gardens & Cream Tea at The Sawmill Cafe (for 2).

If you are not able to join us at Sandown, but would like to make a one-off bid for one of these super auction items, please e-mail graham@racehorsesanctuary.org, clearly identifying the item in which you are interested, and how much you would be prepared to pay for it, before the deadline of Monday 14 September 2015.

PLEASE NOTE: Please provide full details with your bid, including your postal address, post code and a contact telephone number. The Trustees reserve the right to approve any bids received this way, before they go forward to the live auction. All auction items are offered in good faith and are for the sole use and enjoyment of successful bidders and their guests. Items must not be sold on, reassigned or disposed of in any other way without the permission of the Racehorse Sanctuary Trustees.


Magical Moments - under the Racehorse Owners' Association Forum in their July issue, Owner & Breeder has published a great interview with our Patron Julie Routledge-Martin, prompted by the success of her horse Darna winning the Grade 3 Handicap Plate at the Cheltenham Festival.

Julie's preference is for jumps racing but she shares a number of horses with her husband David, whose preference is for flat racing. In her interview Julie described the magical moments winning under both codes. She also told Owner & Breeder about her support for The Racehorse Sanctuary and how important it is for the sport to ensure former racehorses had good homes for life. To their credit Owner & Breeder included Julie's views on lifetime care in the published piece, and further publicity for the Sanctuary may follow as a result.


Once again we have to start the month's news of horses at Stilemans by reporting the sad loss of one of our charges, the 29-year old bay mare Mossy Morning. Mossy was one of a number of thoroughbred mares and one stallion, found in in a shocking state of neglect in 2012 at a farm-based breeding operation in Dorset that had gone horribly wrong. Mossy herself was emaciated, lame and had lost the use of an eye as a result of ill-treatment and neglect; the others were also in a dreadful state.

The condition of these animals made unwelcome news and prompted a concerted effort to rescue them. However The Racehorse Sanctuary was the only dedicated thoroughbred charity prepared to take their share of these victims of neglect and ignorance. The Sanctuary took responsibility for four of them, including the stallion, and with the help of supporters undertook modifications to the charity's then home, to make this possible; the remainder of the horses were shared with general animal rescue charities.

Mossy survived the long journey to her new home. Almost falling off the lorry, she seemed to breathe a sigh of relief, when she saw the abundance of green grass awaiting her, and realised she was with people who were not going to push her around and mistreat her. Mossy always made it clear that she appreciated the time and effort carried out on a daily basis and on many occasions into the night, to bring her back to good health, by way of showing trust and even affection towards the end of her life, particularly to Sue, who bore the brunt of the work involved in enabling her eventually to enjoy a quality of life she deserved.

The care received by the horses at Stilemans is further exemplified by the efforts Graham and his team have put in to sorting out Wavertree Warrior's feet. His progress has surprised both the vet and specialist farrier. Graham's decision to try to give him a future has been supported by Warrior's former connections, whose generous donations to his JustGiving page are still coming in and have gone a long way to covering the considerable costs of his on-going treatment. Here he is patiently waiting whilst specialist farrier Jake fits his second set of Imprint shoes.

A real crisis this month was the colic that resulted in a trip to Liphook Hospital the mare Jasmine Breeze. Jazz as the girls call her responded to the excellent treatment she received, but was also found to have a bacterial infection, which meant she had to stay in hospital for 5 days, before Graham could bring her home, where she has thankfully settled into her regular routine of being well-cared for and loved.

The heart-warming story this month though, is the fact that having given Emeebee a thorough check over our vet Tony has given the all-clear for Graham to put this handsome fellow back into work. The hock that was troubling him has strengthened up really well and he should have a good future as a hack, although when we reach the re-homing stage there will be a "No jumping" restriction going with him. "B" is one lovely horse with an exceptional temperament.


There were no takers amongst the members of the Sanctuary's fundraising committee, when Patron David Ray called for volunteers to replicate the funding model he used in 2014 to raise nearly £1,500, twice his original target, by seeking sponsorship from his friends for taking part in Boris Johnson's RideLondon event.

Given the significant depredations made recently on the Sanctuary's veterinary budget by two horses at Stilemans, with whom David was formerly involved, Wavertree Warrior and Jasmine Breeze, the committee was able to argue that he should use his planned involvement in RideLondon 2015 on Saturday 1 August, to again seek sponsorship to kick-start an Emergency Veterinary Fund for the Sanctuary.

To this end David has opened a JustGiving page with a target to raise £2,000. It is not fair that his friends should be asked to contribute so much after their sterling response last year, so supporters please ask your friends to sponsor David in his cycling challenge and help get the new Fund off the ground.

Even small donations can make a difference. These can be made by texting SEVF77 £5 (or £10) to 70070.


Put the date of Sunday 25 October 2015 in your diaries. This is half-term, when the kids will be looking for excitement, so why not fulfil that demand by a day's fun in London starting with an 11 am showing of the new equine feel-good film Dark Horse at the Clapham Picture House? Details still have to be sorted out, but watch this space - well our website really!

Thanks to Julia's influence with the distributors, they have donated this viewing free to the Sanctuary. We are in the process of negotiating with Picture House to ensure that the lion's share of proceeds from the sale of tickets come to the Sanctuary, so please do support us. Look for ticket price details in next month's newsletter.

Glorious news from Goodwood: this year the Sanctuary has been invited to hold a collection in aid of the charity on the Saturday of Glorious Goodwood. The girls from Stilemans will be there with their buckets, hoping the punters have beaten the bookies and are in a generous mood.

And last, but not least, we have finally identified the culprit, who stole the carrots from the Nosebag Appeal stand, set up for the launch of the appeal To Help Us Feed The Horses at our recent Members' Open Day.

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.