Open Day attracts 1,500 people

Horse rescue charity, HorseWorld held a special Charity Open Day on Saturday 29th April, inviting supporters to see behind the scenes of the busy working rescue centre and meet some of the rescued horses. The farm was bustling as people came to look around HorseWorld’s rehabilitation and training facilities in Whitchurch, Bristol.

“Many people were surprised to see how big the farm is and how many horses we care for,” said HorseWorld’s Yard Manager, Sarah Hollister. “It was lovely to have the opportunity to show people the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming work which takes place here. Over 1,500 people came to see the horses, ponies and donkeys over the course of the day. Entry and parking were free but people gave generously in the donation buckets once they had seen the charity’s work for themselves. HorseWorld relies entirely on the support of the public to be able to continue rescuing horses in need so fundraising events like this are essential. We raised over £8,100 in total.

“We were very grateful to supporters who baked cakes for us to sell and donated items for the tombola and raffle. It was great that the community all pulled together to support a local charity. Patty, our painting donkey (who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent) also painted a picture live in front of visitors which was then given as a raffle prize.  We also held a second-hand Tack Sale on the day selling donated tack, rugs and horse equipment which raised over £1,200.

“Tractor tours took supporters out across the fields to see the horses in their natural environment and feed carrots to them.  Pictures of recent rescues were displayed and horses were brought into the stables for people to see now that they have been nursed back to health. Many of these animals are now ready to be rehomed so we hope this will have generated some interest in them.

“Visitors were also able to meet the animals who are on our Adoption Scheme where people can sponsor an animal for just £15 a year, receive an adoption certificate and a cuddly toy of their chosen animal. People who already adopt an animal were able to come and see them and over 40 people adopted an animal on the day. There are three more Open Days planned for this year and these, and other events are all listed on the HorseWorld website.

“The horses all live out in the fields on this 180 acre farm in as natural environment as possible. It is only on Open Days like this that visitors are able to see them all in one place at the same time. We hope to welcome just as many, if not more people to our next Open Day on Saturday 24th June.”

For future Open Days at HorseWorld, please visit www.horseworld.org.uk/events or call 01275 832425

(Images by Tony Bundy)

Article By: Amy Williams

Date Published: 05/05/2017

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