FOR YOUR URGENT ATTENTION: CRABBIES COMPETITION
One prize will be awarded to the organiser who raises the largest donation to the Sanctuary. The other will be awarded to the organiser of the most innovative event, in the view of the Trustees. To qualify for prizes, events must raise over £100 in donations and all qualifying organisers will be invited to the Open Day.
Do consider opening your own competition JustGiving page linked to The Racehorse Sanctuary's page, to allow your friends to donate on-line using Gift Aid. All monies collected this way are transferred immediately to the charity and Gift Aid will be included to your competition total!
STILL TRYING WITH TRY, WHO BRINGS HIS COMPANION WITH HIM TO STILEMANS
At least the team at Stilemans had some notice of this rescue. Sixteen year old bay gelding Try, by Rakaposhi King out of the mare Wonky (Hotfoot I), was promising chaser, whose career was cut short by injury.
Sent to the Sanctuary to recuperate he was retrained as a riding horse, before developing back injuries. Rehomed again he has been living peacefully and blamelessly in Cambridgeshire as companion to 22-year old ex-racehorse Stone Island aka Oats, by Rambo Dancer out of mare Single Gal (Mansingh).
The two horses had become inseparable, so when circumstances once again conspired to bring Try back to the Sanctuary, our team, nothing loath, agreed to rescue both of them! That's Try on the left and Oats on the right. These buddies have coped surprisingly well with the move, and although a little unsure of their new surroundings at first, now seem to be setting in well.
Do not forget that this and all the stories below can be followed as the happen from Graham's posts on the Sanctuary's Facebook page
EMERGENCY RESCUE OF WAVERTREE WARRIOR
Quite unplanned has been the emergency rescue of Wavertree Warrior.
This 13-year old brown gelding by Indian Lodge out of the mare Karamana (Habitat) had proved sound enough to enjoy a 7 year career as a handicapper on the flat. Having shown unequivocally that jumping was not for him, Warrior retired as a riding horse with a farming family near Coventry. Unfortunately, this family did not know how to cope with a thoroughbred, riding him unshod on hard roads.
Run down and lethargic Warrior was rescued privately by a lady who fell in love with him, and nursed him back to good condition, only to find he developed very serious problems with his feet, particularly his front feet. His new keeper also developed serious problems and although trying to sort of Warrior's problems helped her cope with her own, she was at her wit's end trying to provide the dry conditions her vet said Warrior needed to cope with his.
Located at last by his former racing owners, when appealed to the Sanctuary team came to Warrior's rescue, though at no notice Graham had to find a foster home for the mare Elegant Lady, to free a stable to take Warrior at Stilemans.
DESPERATELY NEEDED NEW FACILITIES
So concerned have been Warrior's former owners about the liabilities for veterinary treatment taken on by the Sanctuary that they have opened a JustGiving page to raise additional funds over and above Warrior's dowry.
Even if not Supporter's Club Members all donors have been invited to the Sanctuary Open Day next month.
Their generosity has enabled the Sanctuary to purchase a new pen, much needed to allow the safe evaluation of newcomers, who like Warrior have spent extended periods on box rest and could easily injure themselves let loose in a larger space.
And all this unplanned work and excitement, whilst the team at Stilemans has been watching the planned installation of a new school facility, which will allow more effective retraining, speeding the potential rehoming of sound horses.
Top of the Sanctuary wish list now is a hay steamer, to provide dust free feed for the 3 or 4 horses who are more sensitive toward respiratory problems; we would really like to have the use of such a tool to help eliminate coughs and splutters among them. Please help us if you can: £1,740 would buy us the top of the range Haygain HG-1000, to serve the needs of four horses.
FONTWELL PARK RACEDAY SUCCESS
The Sanctuary's first major fundraising event for 2015 was a Champagne Reception, Lunch and Charity Auction in the Premier Suite at Fontwell Park on National Spirit Hurdle Day, Sunday 22 February.
Despite the uncertainties of the weather a great time was had by all supporters and their guests, who joined us. The guest who made the biggest impact was Jilly Cooper, who personalised and signed books she had donated for our silent auction.
A big thank you to all of you, who helped us raise almost £19,000 towards the fantastic work of the Sanctuary. A gallery of pictures from the day can be viewed here.
VENUE AND TIMING FOR QUIZ NIGHT CONFIRMED
In the last issue of From the Horse's Mouth we confirmed the date for one of Val's famous Quiz Nights as Saturday 6 June.
We can now advise fans that this event, to which you are looking forward will be held in the Borough Hall in the centre of Godalming. If you have not put this date in your diary, please do so now. Look out for timing, advice on parking and other details in our April issue.
Treat your friends and family this Easter with tasty treats from Hotel Chocolat, John Lewis and Thorntons and you'll raise a free donation for us too!
Simply shop online via @Give as you Live and a percentage of your spend will be donated to us, for free! Find out more at https://www.giveasyoulive.com/join/racehorsesanctuary