Riding for the Disabled Association receives £100,000

RDA-Cheque for £100,000

£100,000 to support disabled riding groups across the UK


Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has awarded grants to 21 of its groups totalling more than £100,000. RDA’s grants programme has been made possible thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery and BT Supporters Club. Funds have been allocated to specific projects aimed at increasing the number of people who can benefit from the charity’s activities.

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World Horse Welfare Frodo Survived Against All Odds.


Foal who survived against all odds is rehomed with the veterinary nurse who helped save his life.

A tiny 3 month old foal who was brought into Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre near Blackpool has surprised everyone with his will-to-survive after being found collapsed and close to death in the coldest month of the year.

Just a few weeks ago – when freezing temperatures were gripping the country – World Horse Welfare Frodo was found by Field Officer Rachel Andrews. Rachel visited a group of cobs who had been left in a field in Cheshire without adequate food, water or protection from the bitter conditions. She immediately noticed tiny foal Frodo who was incredibly weak, had a distended belly due to an infestation of parasitic worms, was crawling with lice and had absolutely no spark left in him.

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Help for HorseWorld Felix Campaign Target

Animal Friends Insurance helps HorseWorld hit Felix’s campaign target with £6,000 donation

Animal Friends Insurance have donated £6000 to HorseWorld in Bristol. This takes them over their fundraising target of £10,000 in aid of a campaign for one of their rescued foals, Felix.

Photo: Felix at site of rescue.

HorseWorld started this campaign after their rescue team were called out to find two foals around 4 months old, who had been left to fend for themselves. One, who they later named Felix, was so emaciated he was taken for immediate medical treatment, unfortunately the other was lying dead in a drainage ditch.

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Countrywide Farmers to focus on its Equine Multichannel Retail businesses


Countrywide Farmers to focus on its Equine Multichannel Retail businesses

Leading supplier of products, services and advice to the rural community, Countrywide Farmers, has announced the disposal of its Farm Livestock Feed and Forage, Arable Products and Crop Marketing businesses for a total combined consideration of £18.4m.

“This has been a difficult decision”, said John Hardman, Countrywide Farmers Chief Executive, “and comes at the end of a significant strategic review of how best we can deliver sustainable improvement in shareholder value.”

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Commemorating the Day of Armistice with Positive News for Horse Welfare


Commemorating the day of Armistice with positive news for horse welfare – including a unique Battlefield Centenary Tour Ride which raised £22,000 for the largest horse rescue and rehoming charity in Britain

World War One killed some ten million men, almost 800,000 of them British. But much less known was the fate of a million hapless horses, sent to France between 1914 and 1918, with only 62,000 returning home. These forgotten heroes were remembered during one of World Horse Welfare’s 2014 Challenge Rides – a unique Battlefield Centenary Tour which took participants on a journey through significant sites of the early days of WW1.

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Nominate your favourite equine charity for the 2015 Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Awards


Charity Begins at Petplan

Nominate your favourite equine charity for the 2015 Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Awards

With horse welfare central to its ethos, UK’s leading specialist insurer Petplan works with over 1,000 animal charities throughout the UK and its equine specialist sister brand, Petplan Equine is calling on the equine world to highlight the invaluable work of equine charities by nominating their favourite for the 2015 Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Awards. Nominations open for the 2015 Animal Charity Awards on 3rd November, 2014.

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Urgent Appeal for New Wheels by Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust

GHDT Staff Team
The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust is a small UK registered charity working in The Gambia to alleviate the suffering of working horses and donkeys and their owners.

Heather Armstrong of the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust explains the current situation on the ground in Gambia, and how the charity needs your help:

When the Wheels Stop Turning, So Does Our World!

GHDT Staff Team

Photo: The GHDT Staff Team with one of the vehicles which is currently out of service.

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Control of Horses Bill Launched


Charities and rural organisations hope it will tackle scourge of ‘fly grazing’

A powerful coalition of equine welfare charities and countryside organisations has welcomed the move for Parliament to debate solutions to the illegal fly grazing of horses through a Private Members Bill* which was launched in the House of Commons in July 2014.

The Bill was introduced by Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer who has done a huge amount of work with local groups to help address this growing problem. Welfare charities estimate that in England alone at least 3,000 horses are being illegally grazed on public and private land without the permission of the landowner.

The CLA, National Farmers’ Union and Countryside Alliance have joined forces with the RSPCA, World Horse Welfare, Redwings, the British Horse Society and Blue Cross to support the Bill after they supported similar legislation in Wales which became law in January.

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