New tack shop raises funds for local charity

Supporters of a local equine rescue charity have opened a second hand tack shop helping to raise funds for horses in need. Vicki Best and granddaughter, Zoe May Goscombe-Best opened ZB Equine in Hanham High Street, Bristol on Friday 1st August.

40% of all donated tack, rugs and equipment sold will go to HorseWorld, a horse rescue charity based in Whitchurch.

The grand opening saw guests such as author of The Horses Voice, Elaine Tyley as well as a representative from Allen and Page horse feeds giving feeding advice and samples.

“We are very grateful to Vicki, Zoe and their team for their work to raise funds for HorseWorld.” Said HorseWorld’s Communications Officer, Amy Williams. “We have our own charity tack shop on site at our welfare department in Whitchurch but if people find it too far to come to donate their old tack, rugs and equipment, to receive 40% from all equipment donated to ZB Equine is greatly appreciated.”

A draw was also held offering prizes from Clifton Photography, A.S Goldings, Elaine Tyley and many others. Donations are still coming in from this but the total amount will be donated to HorseWorld’s buttercup eradication programme and the special plough needed for this.

“We are trying to raise the funds for a special Shakaerator plough to treat our 180 acres of land which has become overrun with buttercups” said HorseWorld’s Rescue Manager, Jerry Watkins. “In large quantities, buttercups can be poisonous to horses. This piece of equipment costs £6,500 but will enable us to improve our grazing year after year. The plough loosens the compacted soil which buttercups thrive in and with around 140 horses on site, the ground can become compacted very easily. The money raised from this draw will go towards the purchase of the Shakaerator plough so will benefit the charity for many years to come.”

Article by: Amy Williams

Posted on: 15th August 2014