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Issue 03
October 2014


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THE RACEHORSE SANCTUARY LAUNCHES GIVE AS YOU LIVE XMAS CAMPAIGN

For just a little effort to open a Give As You Live account and download the special tool bar all our supporters can raise funds for the charity with their on-line shopping this Christmas.

 

It is so easy and does not cost shoppers anything. The tool bar does not interfere with normal operation of your browser.

 

When you go on-line with major players like John Lewis or Marks & Spencer, the tool bar pop up and you simply click in it so say you want the donation available to go to The Racehorse Sanctuary.

 

For more information please visit: http://www.racehorsesanctuary.org/story.asp?NewsID=3302.

 

Please help us this way.

 


AFTER A RADICAL ARRIVAL - A RECORD RE-HOMING

 

As soon as vet Tony had given the all clear, our first Stilemans recruit Radical was put through his paces. Here is a picture of him being ridden by Ruth:

 



As a result of his previous experience it was soon clear that re-homing this 7-year old gelding by Dansili out of Bold Empress (Diesis) would be easy to achieve, but we did not realise how easy - in fact creating a record at the Sanctuary. Karen, who is a supporter and was an invaluable help during the move to Stilemans, fell in love with Radical immediately. After a thorough check of her West Sussex facilities Karen was approved as his new keeper. They have started hacking out, but Karen has plans to compete with Radical in both dressage and jumping.

 

 


A SECOND COMING - THE SANCTUARY TO THE RESCUE

 

Hot on the heels of Radical came our second new recruit to Stileman's, turning over a new leaf and offering a second chance to Lucy Whadam trained former hurdler Second Paige.

 


Since the end of his racing career this handsome bay gelding, Sprout as he is known at home, has been helping train young jockeys at the British Racing School outside Newmarket. Until at the age of 17, he was found to have an enlarged heart, big enough for the BRS insurers to withdraw cover for him to be ridden by students or staff.

 

Many ex-jumps horses have enlarged hearts and Graham is confident that this grand old boy will soon find his way into the heart of a new keeper, who will love him and give him a home for life. If his heart condition does not stabilise with the care and attention he will receive from Graham and Sue, and it is decided Sprout cannot be re-homed, the special ethos of The Racehorse Sanctuary will come to the fore: he will be loved and cared for at Stilemans for the rest of his life.

 


AND THEY KEEP ON COMING - JASMINE BREEZE THE THIRD OF THE NEW INTAKE

 

Jasmine Breeze has been saved once already, when she was rescued by The Blakeney Breezes from purchase by a Libyan operation, when the breeding stock of the Blakeney Club was dispersed at Tattershalls by The National Stud. Since then she has been cared for by Julian and Anne Wilson at Grove Farm Stud near Wickhambrook, until it was decided she should retire as a brood mare. Here she is being delivery to Stilemans by Julian:

 


She quickly settled into the isolation block to make friends with Sprout next door. Because of a tendency to colic, Jasmine needs to have an eye kept on her, but she has settled in well. The biggest problem so far is that Sue's sole remaining chicken to survive the depredations of the fox at Bridge Hill Farm is also called Jasmine, leading to some confusion! For more about Jasmine Breeze and her progeny, see: www.theblakeneybreezes.com.

 

 


NORBERT GIVES US A SCARE - BUT MAKES A GOOD RECOVERY

 

Sue looks after Wavertree Boy - aka Norbert, yes after the clumsy dragon at Hogwarts! - one of the first intake of The Racehorse Sanctuary, with two other ex-racehorses just a stone's throw from Fontwell Park:

 


Recently Sue had to call Graham with the news that Norbert was not well at all and needed veterinary attention. Scans revealed not colic, but a displacement of the lower gut, which fortunately was sorted with treatment and the Boy is now back home enjoying the quiet Sussex life.

 


LEST WE FORGET - IN REMEMBRANCE OF 8 MILION HORSES

Events to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War remind us that that struggle killed ten million fighting men - almost 800,000 of them British. What is less well known is that 1,000,000 British horses joined them between 1914 and 1918...... and only about 62,000 returned safely to these shores.

 

These horses left this green and pleasant land to lead cavalry charges, to pull gun carriages, ambulances and supply wagons. Conditions were severe for horses at the front; they were killed by artillery fire, swallowed by mud, and injured by poison gas. Hundreds of thousands of horses died alongside soldiers in appalling conditions.

 

Artists, including Lionel Edwards, extensively documented the work of horses in the war. As we remember that war 100 years on and in a break with traditional season's greetings, for 2014 we have selected this wonderfully evocative painting 'Brave War Horses 1917', by Lionel Edwards as our Christmas card, reminding us of the estimated eight million horses who gave their lives during the First World War.

 

 

If you would like to obtain some of these cards to send to your friends, please check the details at: http://www.sanctuaries.org.uk/2014-christams-card.html.



Remember the Racehorse Sanctuary this Festive Season -
HELP give our horses a Happy Christmas:
TEXT DONATIONS
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
JUST GIVING DONATIONS
The Sanctuary's JustGiving page is a very convenient means to securing donations to the Sanctuary.


GIVE AS YOU LIVE - ANOTHER WAY TO HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR 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!
DIRECT DONATIONS TO THE SANCTUARY
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.