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From the Horse's Mouth Issue 35 of the E-newsletter of The Racehorse Sanctuary.

26/11/2019

From the Horse’s    Mouth

October/November 2019

Issue 35 of the E-newsletter of

The Racehorse Sanctuary

 

THE EYE HAS IT: WE LAUNCH OUR CHRISTMAS/WINTER 2019 APPEAL

FUNDRAISING is a never-ending and arduous challenge for the Trustees of a small charity like ours.  What do you see in the eye?  

 

Photographer Emma took a wonderful picture of the eye of one of our Senior Citizens at Mulsey Farm, which we have used as the icon for our Christmas/Winter Appeal this year.

We live in uncertain times, certainly for ex-racehorses.

Gaze into his expressive eye - what do you see reflected there?
Sadness at the plight of many thoroughbreds when their racing days are over?
Uncertainty about his future now in this capricious world?

After his racing days are over who will continue the struggle to secure his welfare for life, to provide safety and shelter this Winter, let alone the care, companionship and love he now enjoys at Mulsey Farm?

 

If you can manage a commitment of just £3 per month, you will make a tangible difference to the lifetime welfare of all our horses.  Please help brighten his eye this Christmas – click HERE.  To fundraise for us with support from your friends this Christmas, please click HERE.

 

OUR SANDOWN PARK CHARITY RACEDAY A SUCCESS AGAINST THE ODDS

OUR CHARITY RACEDAY in mid-September at the iconic Sandown Park Racecourse is one of the social highlights in the Sanctuary’s fundraising calendar

Yet it was with some trepidation that we embarked on planning for 2019, what has become a regular event for the charity.  The Jockey Club’s Sandown Park facility with its impressive views over the racecourse against the backdrop of the London skyline is a great venue, but this time against the political backdrop of Brexit and the associated uncertainties of discretionary spending, would we generate the income so desperately needed to prop up our finances?

As it turned out, the day was a reassuring success!  Guest numbers were down a bit, but the weather was ideal, the racing a high standard matching the service of the Solario Suite catering team.  Most importantly, we had fantasitic support for our live auction and other fundrasing activities, making a net contribution of £22,500 to charity funds.

 
There are so many people to thank; too many to list, but you know who you are and that we are truly thankful for your support for the horses in our care.  Neverthless, special mention does have to be made of the following: our primary partner and sponsor, SJP Chartered Financial Planner Max Patel - for her continued and generous suppport; Julia - for her passionate introduction to our special appeal for much-needed field shelters; Luke Harvey - for stepping in at short notice as our Master of Ceremonies; and Catherine - for taking charge of one of our racedays for the first time.

  

BOOK TICKETS FOR NATIONAL SPIRIT HURDLE DAY AT FONTWELL PARK

Put our next charity raceday in your diary NOW! 

 

Our next charity raceday will be at Fontwell Park Racecourse on Sunday 23 February 2020.

 

You can book your tickets now online on the Fontwell Park Racecourse; please click HERE.  At £95 all inclusive, this is a steal for a day’s entertainment at a major sporting event.  Why not buy tickets for friends and family as Christmas presents?  Talking of Christmas …….

 

THE RACEHORSE SANCTURY CHRISTMAS CARD

When they are gone, they are gone!  Not to be disappointed please get your order in now!! 

Daniel Crane, one of the country’s leading sporting artists has once again very kindly allowed us to reproduce one of his prints: Fit to burst, for our 2019 Christmas card. 

Cards are still available priced £10.50 per pack of 10
(including post and packing).  To order yours by phone call Pauline Passmore on 07712346604 or 01935 850559.

NEWS OF OUR HORSES: INCLUDING A STEADY STREAM OFF TO NEW HOMES

Graham and Sue never want to let them go, but they have done a sterling job in finding new homes for their charges this Summer. 

Graham reports on a heart-warming development, which did not quite make the last issue:  “Lucky old Radical (I say old but he is only a 12-year old) has really fallen on his feet.  This lovely chap is now living with Sue and Kevin in West Sussex and has another sanctuary horse in 19-year old Jack (Business Traveller) as his new found mate.
 

Over the years this really has proven to be a first-class home with exceptional levels of horse care being carried out by both Sue and Kevin, I can envisage Radical living the perfect hassle-free horsey life to a ripe old age here, he deserves it.”

Graham next writes:  “Meet 3-year old Colby aka Sterling Price, by War Commander out of Galileo mare Chantry.  This super little chap is setting off on a new career with Evelyne and Nicola in Hertfordshire, as he wasn't interested in either of his two races under Rules for James Eustace.

They can’t all be like Frankel, Galileo’s top progeny, I'm afraid.  Colby is a super character, who loves people and is itching for an adventure; hopefully between him, Evelyne and Nicola they will have plenty of these in the years ahead.  Enjoy your new found life Colby, we will all be watching out for you.”

Back at the ranch, as it were, Autumn is heading to Winter, with talk of the wet records, as the thoughts of the trustees turn to a Christmas Appeal for the Sanctuary.

Here are established Mulsey Farm residents Vi, Harry and Zelly hoping you and your horses are managing to stay dry.  And wondering if they are going to get back to their stables before the next downpour.

Still they have been cheered by the news that a grand reunion was on the cards for disconsolate Azabitmour, with his mate Fafa.  This pair were great buddies earlier this year when they were both at the centre together and not far inseparable at the time.  However, re-homing is our game and an offer of a new home for Fafa could not be missed, even if Aza had to be left behind.

The great news is that lucky old Aza has now gone to live with his old pal Fafa in Devon.  Graham’s comment is:  “I’m sure they have many tales to tell each other and lots to catch up on.”

Here is 10-year-old Duke meeting his new found buddy Sid.  Graham reports:  “Poor old Sid lost his long-term mate recently to old age and needed a new best buddy to keep him company.  This is where good old Duke stepped in to calm the waters and give him the security of having another equine on sight to swap stories and while away the days.
Debbie who lives in Oxfordshire is absolutely devoted to her horses and gives them both everything any horse could wish for.  Seen here being introduced in a homely setting and then strolling off into the future together, lucky old Sid and Duke.

 

Graham also brings us an update on the mare With our Love:  “This is Cynthia who came to us as a welfare case from Dorset back in 2012.  Then an unbroken 7-year old Cynthia is now 15-years old and thoroughly enjoying her life with Sophie and Fiona and looking an absolute picture.

Our thanks go to you both for all the hard work and patience that has been put in over the years not only for securing Cynthia's future but making her so happy, I'm sure it has worked both ways.”  A wonderful example of what our charity is about.

 

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: EXAMPLES OF THOSE PERSONAL EFFORTS THAT ALL ADD UP

Thank you so much to those of you who have used technology to support our fundraising. 

 

Sarah fosters Blossom for us in North Yorkshire.  This year, when her birthday came around Blossom posted a birthday card on Sarah’s Facebook timeline. In response Sarah e-mailed:  “I just wanted to let you know that I set up a Facebook birthday fundraiser on my account and it managed to raise £285 for the Sanctuary, which was more than I expected and all I had to do was share it on my page with my story.....If we could persuade more of your supporters/adopters/fosterers etc to do this, it could raise a fair bit!

We are not quite sure all that David does, but as a syndicate owner of racehorses, he worries about their future and looked for ways to raise funds for us, by signing up to Give as you Live to generate free donations to the Sanctuary as he shops on-line.  He has been awarded two GAYL badges for his efforts already this Christmas.

 

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