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Issue 09
April 2015


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GREAT NEWS: JILLY COOPER AGREES TO BECOME A PATRON OF THE SANCTUARY

Jilly Coopers' support for our Fontwell Raceday was such a success that the Trustees invited her to become a Patron of The Racehorse Sanctuary. To everyone's delight Jilly has agreed to continue to support us in the role.

 

In a formal statement The Racehorse Sanctuary Trustees announced: "We are honoured and delighted that Jilly Cooper, lifelong animal lover, best selling writer, journalist, media superstar and champion for the recognition of the part played by animals in war, has kindly agreed to become a Patron of the Racehorse Sanctuary.

Jilly has been delighting her audiences for nearly 50 years. Her books have sold over 11 million copies in the UK alone, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and are loved by readers and critics alike.

In June 2004 Jilly was awarded the OBE for Services to Literature, has received the Variety Club Heart of Yorkshire Award for Services to the Media, and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards. We are fortunate indeed to have her on our team".



UPDATE ON HORSE NEWS: SKY WINNER GOES BACK TO WORK


Sky Winner came to Stilemans in mid-February looking in need of some TLC. What a difference just a couple of months in the care of the Sanctuary team has wrought in her. Sky is now a week into a programme to bring her back to work as a riding horse.

Having completed her period of assessment here she is being lunged in the sunshine on the first day of her rehabilitation. It will not be long before potential new keepers are queuing to stake their claims. This picture quickly earned 120 likes on Facebook.



WAVERTREE WARRIOR: POOR CHAP WILL NOT BE RIDDEN AGAIN, BUT...


...Graham remains quietly confident that despite the vet's guarded comments, even if he cannot be ridden again, his current treatment should allow Warrior to enjoy a happy and pain-free life.

A new set of x-rays taken by the vet provided the encouraging news that the problems with his front feet have not got any worse, although the vet did discover that there is a small splinter off the front of one of his pedal bones.

Warrior is comfortable after the specialist farrier fitted Imprint shoes. The instant relief could almost be seen in his face and we now have the cheeky Warrior back who plays with his rugs overnight and seems full of the joys of spring, which is a problem for his carers as the vet insists he stays in his box for the time being. Whilst he is far from being out of the woods yet, hopefully in time his muscle structure will learn to cope with the changed bone structure and distribute his weight accordingly.

Warrior's friends and supporters have now raised over £5,000 towards Warrior's rehabilitation, which is a wonderful achievement and shows how much his safe future means to his connections.



IN MEMORIAM: SHAKERATTLEANDROLL


A big upstanding bay gelding, Rolo as he was affectionately called, was born in 2001 by Dr Fong out of Speedybird and had a heart of gold in every respect.

Successfully rehomed with Jaye in Hertfordshire, he enjoyed hacking out daily along with a little schooling. Until last week, when we heard the very sad news that Rolo had suffered a fatal injury in a freak accident in his paddock.

Our thoughts are with Jaye who gave Rolo a loving home for the past six years and had a truly deep bond with him. Rolo was a true gentleman who gave his all and never asked for a thing in return, he will be sadly missed and never forgotten by all who were lucky enough to know him.



NEW ALL-WEATHER SAND SCHOOL FACILITY NOW COMPLETED


This new facility at Stilemans has now been completed and commissioned.

The sand school provides a safe facility with an all-weather surface for the team to both assess the capabilities of newcomers and to complete the training of horses in disciplines best suited to their capabilities. It also provides an essential environment for assessing potential new keepers and how they get on with their chosen partners.




IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES


Our next major fundraising event will be a Champagne Reception and Lunch with Charity Auction at Sandown Park Racecourse on Wednesday 16 September. This is a great event to enjoy with your friends, so please make sure they also have this date reserved in their dairies.


The Open Day at Stilemans for supporters of the Sanctuary will open at 12 noon on Sunday 17 May and run until 4:00pm. This event is free for supporters and will include the following: a conducted tour of the yard and facilities; parade of horses; a variety of stalls and a raffle. Family and friends of members will also be most welcome at a small charge of £5 per person, to cover the costs of refreshments, which will be available all day (free for children under 12).

Do not forget Val's Quiz Night as Saturday 6 June, 7.00 pm in Godalming. Further details in our next issue.

 

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.



AND FINALLY THIS MONTH

 

Big purchases: Raise £££s booking your travel


Spring is here and holiday season has begun. Don't forget, big purchases equal big donations.


Simply shop for your travel 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.

 




Help the Racehorse Sanctuary:
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.