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Issue 15
December 2015

Call us: 01483 428961
07710 904189

WISHING A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR READERS

NEED FOR FOSTER HOMES: GIVE A HORSE A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS


Finding new homes for our horses is always a challenge for the charity, but Graham and his team have a great track record in finding keepers able to provide long term homes, once a horse’s aptitudes and abilities have been assessed.

Nevertheless, it takes time to secure the right long-term future for individual horses, which means that pressures on the facilities at Stilemans are such that Graham would dearly like to extend the Sanctuary’s operational flexibility through access to additional foster homes.

If you have the facilities to allow you to offer us a foster home for one or more of our horses, please get in touch with Graham on 07710 904189. But beware, there is a Health Warning attached to fostering: it is not unknown for foster keepers to fall in love with their charges and apply to make the arrangement permanent!

UPDATE ON THE TEAM AT STILEMANS: CONGRATULATIONS TO ANNA
 

We are very proud to announce that Anna, who has been acting Head Girl for several months, has now been promoted to the full position.

Anna passed her Higher National Diploma in Equine Management with Distinction at Merrist Wood College in Worpleston near Guidford, before going on to achieve her BSc (Hons) Equine Studies with First Class Honours at Sparsholt College near Winchester.



Most importantly from our point of view Anna is passionate about horse welfare. She is quiet and reassuring with our horses, both in-hand and under saddle – here on Sky Winner, yet at the same time she sets very high standards on the yard.   It is so reassuring for us to know, that when for any reason Graham and Sue are away from the yard, the horses are in safe hands with Anna as a fully qualified and integrated member of the team.
 

UPDATE ON THE HORSES AT STILEMANS

Great news that a new home has been found in Kent for Emmebee. This super chap will be living with his new keepers Alan and Cis, who we know from past experience will be pampering to his every need and he will be loved to bits. It is news like this that makes it all worthwhile.



Meet Alice: this super little three year old has come to us this month, straight out of training. Fortunately, given the pressures on Stilemans, Chris has very kindly agreed to foster Alice and to start her retraining assessment. Alice is a touch lost at the moment, due to the change of home from a busy racing yard, but she seems to be settling in well. This little lady seems to have a heart of gold, and no doubt Chris will be reporting back regularly on Alice’s progress.




So many of you have taken Wavertree Warrior to your hearts as the story has unfolded of his bravery and the challenges and setbacks in sorting out his problems, that the relief that there is better news this month, is palpable.

Thanks mainly to the fact that this smashing little horse is a first class, triple star patient, Warrior is heading in the right direction as far as his feet are concerned. Richard the specialist farrier from Liphook Equine hospital recently removed the wrapping and the current clogs and was delighted to find considerable foot growth there. Perhaps even more importantly the front of his sole had changed from soggy to rock solid, giving so much more protection to tip of the pedal bone.



There is still a long way to go and rather than put at risk the good work so far we have been told that he must continue with his current daily routine, of limited in-hand walking, for another six weeks, during which time more x-rays will be taken. Warrior’s next shoeing will be to remove the clogs and replace these with pads, after which his in-hand walking time will be increased, the round-pen will be erected again, and eventually he will be very gingerly turned out and allowed to be a proper horse again. With this light at the end of the tunnel and we will all give it our very best shot for this special little horse.



You can imagine just how expensive all this treatment is and if you feel that you might be able to help in any way, and no amount is too small, you can do so by visiting Warrior's very own JustGiving page. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you, who have already shown your support in this way. With fingers crossed we hope that Warrior makes a full recovery and lives out the rest of his days in total comfort.

Christmas effort by Sprout: Second Paige, or Sprout as he is known, is doing really well at Stilemans, after his rescue from the British School of Racing, when his liability insurance was withdrawn, because he was found to have an enlarged heart. Sprout’s heart is monitored by Graham every two weeks, and his heart beat has remained reassuringly stable; he is happily turned out in the lads’ field with his best friend and nextstable neighbour Corker. Confined to his stable for a couple of days to sort a foot abscess, he got to worrying about the fact that he came to the Sanctuary without a dowry, so he too now has his own JustGiving page for Xmas donations to make good that deficiency.

Sprout has promised to try and send an e-Christmas Card to anyone who writes to him at secondpaige@btopenworld.com.
 

LAUNCH OF OUR XMAS CAMPAIGN


We have launched a Xmas Campaign on JustGiving. The horses at Stilemans have written to Father Christmas:

Dear Santa, we have been very good this year – so please remember us this Christmas.

Christmas is a special time for horses too, so if horses have a place in your heart, please donate generously to help us look after the ex-racehorses in our care and make their Christmas special.



If you would like to make a donation this Christmas you can do so by visiting the campaign page.

PLEASE KEEP THE ENTRIES COMING FOR OUR XMAS COMPETITION


Do send us pictures of your horse or pony showing off the best of Xmas spirit; for full details see our website news item.

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AROUND THE RACES IN EIGHTY DAYS – A HORSE RACING ODESSEY


According to his blog, Neil Andrew is an occasional teacher and frequent avocado-objector. He has been an ardent fan of horse racing for as long as he can remember (which is not very long nowadays), and has had several pieces published in the Racing Post. He has now written a book:



This is the funny
, inspiring and honest account of a man who took a career break (had a mid-life crisis) and searched for possible answers, and possible questions to the answers, whilst attempting to watch horse racing at all the British courses within an eighty day period.

Neil’s amazing odyssey coincided with a turbulent year in his life, becoming both a distraction and complication to events unfolding in the real world. Could this ridiculous challenge, one that took twenty years to transition from absurd dream to stark reality, survive against the odds?

As part of Neil’s horse racing research he came to visit The Racehorse Sanctuary.  He was so taken with our work and the ethos of the charity that he has dedicated his book, to be published shortly, to the Sanctuary. As a result some of the royalty from each book sold will come to us.

FIRST MAJOR FUNDRAISING FOR OUR TENTH ANNIVERSARY YEAR


Please put this important date in your diaries for 2016 and warn your friends: make sure it is in their diaries now – do not wait until after Christmas. We shall be holding the first major fundraising of our anniversary year on Sunday 28 February 2016.

This will take the form of a Champagne Reception and Charity Lunch, with an afternoon’s jumps racing at Fontwell Park Racecourse. The racecard is the most prestigious in Fontwell Park’s year, featuring the National Spirit Hurdle, which we will be able to watch from the comfort of a private room with panoramic views over the racecourse.

The precedent from previous years is that this event is great fun.

Our grateful thanks go to The Reuben Foundation for a generous grant in support of this event.

THE RACEHORSE SANCTUARY CHRISTMAS CARDS & CALENDAR


There has been fantastic demand for our Munnings Christmas Card and Ping has sold out.  The snow scene cards are still available, but please order soon, as they are very popular and they too are selling fast.



We are keeping the price the same as last year: £9.50 for a pack of 10 cards, including packing and postage. To order either or both of the snow scene cards, and the 2016 calendar, please call the Sanctuary office on 01483 428961.

If you would like to pay by debit or credit card you can arrange with the office to do so securely, using our JustGiving sales page.

AND FINALLY THIS MONTH - IN MEMORIAM


Family and friends of the late Jonathan Pearce have decided to remember Jonathan by opening a page with Memory Giving in support of The Racehorse Sanctuary. What a wonderful way to remember a loved one in a way in which they would have approved: thank you so much from all the team and the horses at the 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
Find out more about text giving here
JUST GIVING DONATIONS
The Sanctuary's JustGiving page is a very convenient means to securing donations to the Sanctuary. 
 
Go to our JustGiving page
GIVE AS YOU LIVE
And it will not cost you anything. Shop online through our very own shopping portal. It's easy to do, once you register and download the shopping bar. Simply click the link below!
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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.
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