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Issue 04
November 2014


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THE THOROUGHBRED BALL 2014 A SOCIAL AND FUNDRAISING SUCCESS

Based on the success of the Thoroughbred Ball 2014 on Saturday 1 November, this event looks set to become a regular feature of fundraising for The Racehorse Sanctuary in the run-up to Christmas.

 

This was the second year our inimitable Trustee Jane Kuler of Racecar has championed a ball at the Wildwood Golf & Country Club and her hard work and vision has paid off: nearly one hundred supporters and friends had a wonderful social event and at the same time raised over £9,000 for the charity and the work of Graham, Sue and their team in looking after the Sanctuary's horses.

 

The evening hit a high note from the start, with a champagne reception; this was followed by a three-course silver service dinner, with wine flowing, and a charity auction compared by racing personality and entertainer Colin Brown. Colin talked up bid items which included a walk-on part in the hit TV series Doc Martin; a week's holiday in Provence; and dinner, bed & breakfast at Chewton Glen Country House. Live entertainment was provided by big band singer Ian Gallaher, who soon got everyone out of their seats and onto the dance floor.

 

In recognition of her efforts, Jane was presented wth a big bouquet of flowers on the evening; special thanks were also extended to the Wildwood Golf & Country Club for their generous support and sponsorship of this event. A gallery of pictures taken at the ball is available on our website.

 


AUTUMN FOCUS ON COMPANION HORSES - SILVER SCEPTER FINDS A NEW HOME

 

The Racehorse Sanctuary has established a reputation as the outfit to turn to for a companion horse.

 



Horses are herd animals and thrive better with companions, ideally other horses with whom they can establish that important herd relationship. The ethos of the Sanctuary is such that the charity will take on former racehorses on the basis of need, rather than the potential for a quick turnaround, which is why Graham and Sue have of necessity built up the expertise to place some of the Sanctuary's horses as companions - a role fit for good tempered and otherwise healthy animals, who for whatever reason cannot be ridden.

 

This Autumn has seen the rehoming of our poster boy of companion horses, Silver Sceptre. This Willie Musson trained gelding is now 8-years old; he is by Inktkhab out of Silver Persuit (Rainbow Quest) and has returned to the Sanctuary a number of times, through absolutely no fault of his own. Luck is definitely on his side this time, though, as he has been rehomed with Trish and Chris in the Cotswolds, where he joins two other horses as a companion, including our Burzan.

 

If you too would like to give a new home to a companion horse, please consider our Elegant Lady. Unfortunately, we have found that although she is otherwise in excellent health, she is allergic to the sandy soil at our new home, Stilemans. We would love to find her a new home with a suitable environment, where she can be comfortably settled with new friends.

 


WE HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD THIS YEAR...

 

The horses at The Racehorse Sanctuary have been so good this year, especially after coping so well with the move from Bridge Hill Farm to Stileman's, that they have written to Santa with a wish list of equine gifts, that would make their lives even more comfortable.

 


 


STILEMANS UPDATE - WE HAVE BEEN GETTING TO KNOW THE LOCALS

 

On the day of the Thoroughbred Ball our valiant Volunteer Val gave up her Saturday to man our stand at what was known as Scats Country Store but has been re-branded as Mole Valley Farmers, where they were staging an open day.

 


This store is situated just one mile away from Stilemans so it was an ideal opportunity to meet the locals and let them know about the work of the Sanctuary. There was a lot of interest throughout the day and several new contacts were made. The main benefit of Val's valiant efforts was that it raised local awareness of our existence, and then she danced the night away!

 

 


JUST A FEW SANCTURAY XMAS CARDS STILL AVAILABLE

 

Details of The Racehorse Sanctuary Christmas card appeared in the 13 November issue of Horse & Hound.

 


This exposure together with people Googling for equine charity cards after Steven Spielberg's film War Horse was shown on BBC1 on a recent Sunday evening, has boosted demand. So if you have not ordered your cards yet, don't wait, or you may miss out! Full details of this evocative card are available through our website - please call Ping on 07712 346604 to secure the last ones available!.

 


BLACK FRIDAY, CYBER MONDAY, CHARITY TUESDAY - WE KNOW, YOU ARE CONFUSED...

...overwhelmed even! But please do not forget we have registered to earn double donations for all online shopping you do through GIVE AS YOU LIVE this CHRISTMAS:

 

 



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.