HorseWorld celebrate 70 years of caring

Petra and Amos (1).JPGHorseWorld Trust, a charity which is based in Whitchurch and cares for over 100 rescued horses and donkeys turns 70 years old on 11 November 2022.

To help celebrate, we have been counting down some of our achievements and milestones in the build-up to the anniversary day.

The charity was established in 1952 by Mabel Cocksedge, a young woman who worked for the railway at Bristol Temple Meads. The charity began life as "The Friends of Bristol Horses Society" in a campaign to save the lives of working horses who were rapidly being replaced by motorised vehicles in industry. Under the banner of “Retirement Not Slaughter” - as many were destined for the abattoir - the charity offered a safe haven in Bristol for the big-hearted horses, ponies and donkeys that had worked all their lives on the railways, in the dockyards, the coal mines, the roads and for the armed forces.

Rescue and rehabilitation is at the heart of HorseWorld and horses like Twiglet who was found abandoned on the side of the road in an industrial estate in Avonmouth, are given a second chance for a happy life. Twiglet went on to join HorseWorld Discovery, an innovative programme which has been running for 14 years, where rescued and rehabilitated horses help disadvantaged, vulnerable young people gain confidence and life skills.

The Charity relies solely on donations from supporters and during The 70th Anniversary year there are a number of fundraising events taking place including an Open Day at HorseWorld on 30 July 2022 (ticketed event, see website for details). The Charity are also appealing for supporters to take part in the Bristol Half Marathon on 25th September 2022.

Amy Williams, HorseWorld Fundraising and Engagement Coordinator, said: “We are really proud of the Charity’s achievements this year, but we couldn’t have done it without our fantastic supporters who have helped us to raise funds in order that we can continue to provide care for the neglected and abandoned equines we home here at HorseWorld.

Thank you to everybody who has supported us this year. You have made a real difference to our HorseWorld herd and also enabled us to give newly rescued equines in need a second chance for a happy life”.

HorseWorld has a history of being led by passionate women and CEO Petra Ingram, who joined HorseWorld in May 2020 from International Equine Charity, Brooke, Action for Working Horses and Donkeys, continues this HorseWorld trend.

Petra said: “Although this year has been a time of reflection, HorseWorld continues to be ambitious about the future. Developing our welfare work to make a difference to the many horses who have suffered neglect and abuse and expand our innovative life changing Discovery Programme to help more young people and their families. I look forward to continuing that journey and as we look back at our history over the past 70 years, we also look forward to many more achievements in the next 70 years of HorseWorld.”

Article by: Sara Rutherford

Posted on: 17th June 2022