UPDATE ON THE HORSES: AGAIN SAD NEWS AND ALSO SOME GOOD NEWS
Veterinary surgeon Russell and his dedicated team had to undertake a keyhole procedure on his hock joint, which appears to have gone well enough for us to hope for a full recovery.
By the time you read this Try should be back at Stilemans, but he will have to have to have a couple of week's box rest, then time in the round pen, before he can return to normal in the paddock with his best friend Oats. If you want to get the latest update on Try, do not forget to follow Graham's posts on our Facebook page.
FUNDRAISERS' COMPETITION THIS SUMMER
This summer has seen three of our inveterate fundraisers competed to see who has raised the most money for the charity this summer.
Val cunningly took two bites at the cherry, to raise general funds for the Sanctuary. First she cleared a super £801.25 profit from one of her ever popular quiz nights at Godalming Borough Hall. Then she marshalled a team for a bucket collection on the Saturday of Glorious Goodwood, which garnered a fantastic £1,162.80.
That is our experienced fundraiser Val on the right there; she has recently taken responsibility for taking forward an innovative new development for the charity, which you will be hearing more about before long. On her left is new recruit Sarah, who joined the Stilemans team earlier this year. Sarah is now taking responsibility for managing our fundraising.
David reprised his 2014 RideLondon efforts for us. This time he was joined by his daughter Alison to tackle the challenge of getting themselves and their bikes from Milton Keynes to Central London and all the way around the circuit of roads closed to traffic by Boris Johnson for the Prudential RideLondon 2015 event, then home again. This year they sought sponsorship to help cover the hospital treatment of Jasmine Breeze and to launch our Emergency Veterinary Fund.
Between them David and Alison have so far raised £2,002.50, including Gift Aid. But given that Try has now also had to have a spell in hospital, we must try harder! The target for our Emergency Veterinary Fund has now been increased to £5,000, so please help us if you can; the JustGiving page remains open for you to do just that securely. Or TEXT SEMF77 £5 (or £10) to 70070.
Meanwhile, Jane twisted the arms of Ross and Patrick to fund a hog roast in the sandschool at Rapsley Cottage - well done guys! - and turned her paddock over to a campsite for a let-your-hair-down, bring-a-bottle, music and dancing to midnight event billed as RAPSTOCK 2015. The weather was kind and the party went with a swing. There was no demand on invited guests, except to enjoy themselves and to make a donation to The Racehorse Sanctuary Nosebag Appeal, for which Jane was able to bank £1,083.70!
How Jane found the time to organise Rapstock, given everything else she does for the Sanctuary, including through her business Racecar, hosting our website and providing valuable advice on how to exploit social media, essential to effective fundraising in this day and age. Jane has been the driving force behind our Nosebag Appeal; it costs £30,000 a year just to feed the horses at Stilemans, so do help us, if you can, buy donating through our dedicated JustGiving campaign page. If you too would like to raise funds for the Nosebag Appeal by running you own event, click on the Fundraise for campaign button to create an effective on-line tool for collecting donations.
Fundraisers' Competition Result: honours about even - Jane the winner for the most imaginative and fun event; Val the winner for perseverance; & David for the most money raised - though he did have help. Now, what about the rest of you, what are you going to do to raise funds for those deserving horses?
BOOK YOUR TICKETS FOR DARK HORSE NOW!
Intrepid TV presenter, Welsh farmer, animal enthusiast and adventurer with nomads Kate Humble included in her recent tips for a perfect weekend, the advice to go and see the film Dark Horse about a Welsh barwoman who breeds a champion racehorse. This heart-warming story, of the thoroughbred racehorse Dream Alliance and the engaging mix of characters who constitute his connections, records the triumph of the underdog against adversity and the big guns.
British Racing may boast the best animal welfare record in the world and the sport has done a great deal to provide opportunities for thoroughbreds to thrive after racing, but human nature being what it is, things can still go wrong. The Racehorse Sanctuary provides an essential component of the safety net to catch those ex-racehorses whose futures are at risk: restoring them to health, retraining them and finding them new careers and new homes for life, or if for no reason of their own this is not possible, providing a good home at Stilemans, where they are cherished and cared for.
Dream Alliance had a challenging racing career, but his connections have made sure he is now well-cared for; so well in fact he has been able to play himself in the film. Come and enjoy the ups and downs of his story, and at the same time support The Racehorse Sanctuary in the wonderful work they do for other ex-racehorses.
Our very own showing is an 11:00 am matinée at the Clapham Picture House, on what is half term for most of you: Sunday 25 October 2015, all proceeds to The Racehorse Sanctuary. Plan your family day out in London and do not miss out: book your tickets HERE now.
THE RACEHORSE SANCTUARY CHRISTMAS CARD FOR 2015
Such was the success and demand for our Christmas card last year, that enquiries are already coming in for our 2015 card. This has now been printed and is based on the painting entitle: The painter's groom Bayfield, with Migrant and Julia by Alfred Munnings.
Sir Alfred Munnings KCVO, PRA is recognised as one of England's finest painters of Horses. Munnings was elected president of the Royal Academy of Art in 1944, the same year in which he was awarded a knighthood. He had adored horses since his childhood and in fact owned thirty-four during his lifetime. Of these he only ever old four, and he always regretted doing that. Preferring to paint what he pleased, rather than commissions, Munnings often used his own horses as models, and when they were not standing in the sunlight for him to paint, he used them as hunters, hacks and brood mares.
We are keeping the price the same as last year: £9.50 for a pack of 10 cards, including packing and postage. These cards are going to be very popular, so to secure your order, please call Ping on 01935 850559 or 07712 346604. If you would like to pay for your cards by debit or credit card you can arrange with Ping to do so securely, using our JustGiving payments page.
AND FINALLY THIS MONTH – SANCTUARY WISH LIST UPDATE
Please can anyone help us with the following items on the Sanctuary's updated Wish List:!
Panasonic Lumix TZ70 Camera
Water Bowser 275 litre capacity
Tow bar for a Kawasaki Mule 4010, to tow the bowser
6ft 3in New Zealand rugs with detachable hoods, both medium weight and light weight
Large wheelbarrows (preferably Trallnor)
6ft 3in fleece rugs
Plastic Future Forks
Long lead ropes
Thick hoof oil
Himalayan salt licks
Yes, I too had to ask was what a plastic Future fork was, but for those of you who do not work with horses on a daily basis, it is a robust lightweight fork for mucking out; a nunmah goes under the saddle to protect the horse!
And last but not least, and NEW for this year: The Racehorse Sanctuary 2016 Calendar will be ready to order from the end of September.