A team of 15 of the most senior academic and practicing specialist veterinary surgeons in the country are taking to the roads to raise money for working equines. The team are known as the ‘Vets with Horsepower’ and they will be travelling on motorbikes through 10 countries to deliver CPD events to hundreds of vets throughout Europe.
The team will undertake an endurance motorbike ride from the UK to St Petersburg and back again to raise funds for two chosen charities. With their special interest in helping working equines, they have chosen to support the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust – a small charity making a big difference to the lives of working equines and their owners in The Gambia. The second charity that they will be supporting is The Smile Train, who provide operations to repair cleft palates for those in need.
The Horse Trust, looks back at 100 years of helping war horses throughout the conflicts of the last century.
Founded in 1886, to help London’s working horses the outbreak of WW1 in 1914 drove the charity to new heights. Known at the time as The Home of Rest for Horses its patrons were inspired to help the plight of war horses on the front line and provided the first ever motorised horse ambulance to transport wounded horses from the front line in France.
The table below shows the numbers of Cleveland Bays from completed census forms to date (10th September 2013), currently living in the UK and Overseas. The Overseas category includes North America, Australia and France.
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!
Robinson Animal Healthcare recently donated more than one thousand bandages to the Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) to support them in supplying overseas charities with vital provisions.
The WVS provides animal welfare charities all over the world with a sustainable veterinary resource, providing vital aid, which would otherwise not be available.
Said Tessa King, the WVS Charity Support & Projects Manager: “So many of our charities need these bandages as they are very difficult to obtain abroad so this donation really will make a huge difference and we cannot express our thanks enough!
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!
Charity open day returns after success of the event last year
The charity event, the Betfair Newmarket Open Day will this year be held on Sunday 22nd September. Known as the headquarters of horseracing in the UK, Newmarket in Suffolk, will once again open its doors to the public, providing a unique insight into the day to day running of some of the world’s most successful racing stables. In addition to this fantastic opportunity, there will be a fun-filled program of activities and entertainment suitable for the whole family. The three charity beneficiaries of this year’s Open Day will be the British Racing School, The National Horseracing Museum and the New Astley Club, a social welfare charity with the aim of building strong links within the racing community, particularly in Newmarket.