Donkeys Rock for the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust


Donkeys Rock!

We have all seen and heard of beautiful wooden Rocking Horses, but what about a Rocking Donkey?

The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust are delighted to have been able to assist with providing pictures and models for the fantastic new Rocking Donkey created by the talented Debbie Hinton of Jolly Rockers. The Rocking Donkeys are all crafted deep in the Surrey countryside, each one hand cut, carved and painted making every one unique. This means that you can even have your Rocking donkey specifically modelled on your own donkey!

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Reward Your Favourite Feed Store or Tack Shop

The search is on to find the SEIB Retailer of the Year 2014, so why not make sure your favourite feed merchant or tack shop is in the running by nominating them for this highly prized business accolade – one of the prestigious BETA Business Awards?

Nominations can be made online at or by completing a form found in-store and posting it to the BETA office. The award recognises all categories – Small, Medium, Large and Mail Order/Internet retailers.

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The longest serving horse in the British Army passes away

The longest serving and oldest horse in the British Army has peacefully passed away on 1st October 2013. He was in retirement at The Horse Trust, a charity that has been providing retirement and respite for military and other working horses since it was founded in the 19th Century.

Remus, a truly remarkable horse, began his service in 1991 as a four year old and served for an incredible twenty one years until 2012 when, at the grand age of twenty six, he retired to The Horse Trust. Remus, fondly known in the army as Reg, started as a Troop horse in the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, and latterly as an Officer’s Charger of the Household Division. Despite being 16hh (and half an inch!) and the smallest charger when he retired, ‘feisty’ Remus had the biggest personality by far! Officers were warned to ‘approach with caution’ as Remus is well known for being stubborn and a bit tricky to handle. When it was time for Remus to retire, the army scanned his micro-chip to double check it was him as he looked so amazing for his age!

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Spectacular Spanish ‘dancing horses’ to perform at 2013 Olympia for the first time in forty years

Royal-Andalusian image

For the first time in forty years the UK will get the chance to witness one of the most outstanding displays of horsemanship in the world.  The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art is one of only four* ‘High Schools’ of its kind and it’s show has become so prestigious that it attracts visitors from all over the world to its home in Jerez De La Frontera, south-west Spain.  This December they are coming to London to perform at Olympia, The London International Horse Show, to bring a touch of Spanish magic to one of the oldest shows on the international circuit.

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London too noisy for Strider.

Ride Round England

William and Strider aim to raise £250,000 for the two charities; the Family Holiday Association, and Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre. They will visit four corners of England and 30 Cathedrals in the course of the trip. The ride is expected to take roughly six months. Starting from Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds in May, William aims to reach the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre on 6 September 2013 and to get home to the Cotswolds in November.

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World Horse Welfare horse Digger is the biggest!

Digger the famous Clydesdale, the biggest horse that World Horse Welfare has ever cared for, close to Europe’s largest horse he stands at an enormous 19.1hh – and he is still growing!

The 10-year-old Clydesdale came into the charity’s care because he was suffering due to his size – he was growing so fast and at such a young age, that problems started to occur with the joints in his hind legs.

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Horse Rangers awarded special status

The British Horse Society and the British Equestrian Federation have honoured the local charity – The Horse Rangers Association – with their Clubmark accreditation. It’s given to youth organisations offering high quality duty of care and child protection; sports equity and ethics and club management.

Over 350 Horse Rangers attend sessions at the Hampton Court stables each week and all the activities rely on a team of over 200 dedicated volunteers.

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Donation funds new research into Shire horse illnesses

New research into common illnesses affecting Shire horses has been made possible thanks to a donation by members of the Shire horse world.

The University of Liverpool’s Leahurst Equine Hospital in Neston, Wirral, will be conducting a health survey about Shire horses with their owners – after it received a £1,000 donation from members of the North West and Wales Shire Foal Society, which is affiliated to the Shire Horse Society.

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Horse rider reunited with life-saver

A grandmother airlifted to hospital after a horse riding accident has been reunited with the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance doctor who helped save her life.

Hilary Vannier was riding with her local hunt in Shipbourne in Kent when her thoroughbred cross Benji lost his footing and she was thrown off and knocked unconscious.

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