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Equine flu update 

Equine influenza

The science behind the industry's flu vaccination policies  - Dr Richard Newton,

Head of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance for the Animal Health Trust (AHT) and widely regarded as a world-leading expert on disease control.

"Equine influenza is a highly contagious viral disease with typical clinical signs of a deep, hacking cough and nasal discharge with fever. It is occasionally fatal, though in many cases clinical signs usually resolve within 2 to 3 weeks. However, it has the potential to be highly disruptive to training and racing schedules. As a result, vaccination is used as the main means of protecting against the disease and is mandatory in racing Thoroughbreds. The aim of vaccination is two-fold; to protect the vaccinated individual from becoming ill and also to limit the spread of infection.

"How then should we use vaccination in response to an outbreak of infection? To help answer this question, we build mathematical models of infectious disease outbreaks. These can be an extremely useful tool in the development and evaluation of disease prevention and control measures. Modelling disease outbreaks on computers essentially allows the artificial recreation of outbreaks many thousands of times and looks at the most likely outcomes, with no animals coming to any harm.

"We designed a model as part of a piece of research in 2002, to take into account the effects of vaccination. It showed, as expected, a dramatic reduction in the occurrence of outbreaks among groups of vaccinated horses. It also somewhat surprisingly predicted that, in vaccinated populations, over 80% of outbreaks fizzle out with less than 5% of the population being infected.

"However, it is likely that most of these small outbreaks are currently not being detected as flu viruses, as the causes of respiratory disease are seemingly not now widely investigated. The consequence of this is that, when flu does occur and is detected, it is more likely that this is part of a larger outbreak and we need to plan our response accordingly.

"Part of that response involves a decision about how frequently a vaccine should be given. We have modelled this in further research in 2003. This work illustrated that reducing the interval between vaccinations for horses 2 years of age and older from 1 year to 6 months significantly reduces the risk that introducing an infected horse into a training yard will result in an outbreak. This is especially important when there is heightened virus activity evident in the population, as is currently the case in Great Britain.

"What then is the impact of dealing with a strain of flu that's not fully covered by the current vaccine? We know from research that using outdated strains in vaccines has relatively small effects at the level of the individual animal, so they still get partial protection. However, our models reveal that when scaled-up to the population level – such as the British thoroughbred herd- they result in a significantly increased risk of an epidemic occurring. Hence the advice to use vaccines containing the most relevant strains to those causing the outbreak.

"The studies described thus far were restricted to examining what happens in a small, closed population, such as a racehorse training yard of up to 100 animals. A model incorporating spread between multiple yards was informed by data from the 2003 outbreak of equine influenza in Newmarket, which involved spread of infection between multiple yards. This model confirmed previous anecdotal belief that vaccination in the face of an outbreak can be an effective control measure.

"Modelling of a hypothetical outbreak also suggested that 'poor responders' – where vaccination advice or rules are not followed – have a significant impact on the effectiveness of vaccination policies, particularly if these are clustered within a few racing yards in which there is active non-compliance with mandatory vaccination policies. So an effective response is more likely if the requirement is not just mandatory but enforced through appropriate checks.

"In closing, it is important to stress that mathematical modelling studies do not replace experimental and epidemiological studies, which test the spread with a live virus under controlled conditions or look at actual outbreaks. Models add to our understanding but do not provide a complete picture. In many instances, modelling may simply seem to provide confirmation of the obvious, but it is nonetheless important that decisions about vaccination protocols are based on evidence rather than supposition, opinion and extra inconvenience for a few."

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Says Steve YandallThis sign is illegal

Equestrians are entitled to use this route - legally.
There are thousands of other illegal signs all over the country banning equestrians.

THEY MUST BE REMOVED

Yately Common, Hampshire

Says Tony Barnett Says Tony Barnett

"Still nothing to show any rights by the applicants. Definitely needs a strong attendance " Tony Barnett

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC INQUIRY

YATELEY COMMON, BLACKBUSHE AIRPORT, HAMPSHIRE Commons Act 2006 –Schedule 2 (6)

APPLICATION TO DEREGISTER PART OF YATELEY COMMON (LAND ENTRY NO. CL 24) BEING A BUILDING OR LAND WITHIN THE CURTILAGE OF A BUILDING

An Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will hold an inquiry at The Elvetham, Fleet Road, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8AS on 2 April 2019 into an application by Blackbushe Airport Limited, under Schedule 2(6) of the Commons Act 2006.

The application was duly made to Hampshire County Council and has been referred to The Planning Inspectorate for determination under regulation 26 of the Commons Registration (England) (Regulations) 2014.

The inquiry will begin at 10.00 am on 2 April 2019 and will continue on subsequent days as necessary. Anyone can attend the inquiry. Anyone who wants to be heard on the subject matter of the application may, at the discretion of the inspector, give evidence at the inquiry or arrange for someone to do so on his/her behalf.

Copies of the application documents, representations and inquiry evidence can be inspected by appointment, giving at least 2 days' notice (please telephone 01962 847354 or email: countryside@hants.gov.uk) at The Commons Registration Authority, Hampshire County Council, Room 0.01, Castle Avenue, High Street, Winchester, Hampshire S023 8UL.

Richard Holland Common Land Branch The Planning Inspectorate Temple Quay House 2 The Square Bristol BS1 6PN

On behalf of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural

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Steve McCarronWhat is the point of the OPEN SPACES SOCIETY if it does not act to preserve open spaces ..............
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THE BEST BRITISH HORSE RACINGS

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Horse racing is one of the most ancient sports of all time.

As it was very popular with the royalty of British society, it soon earned the title of "Sport of Kings". With racing taking place in Britain all year, there is always some interesting top-notch events not to be missed.

No matter whether you just want to keep yourself updated or bet on races, by registering at betway.com, you will find everything you need to know about horse racings and many other kinds of sport betting.

This prestigious bookmaker also rewards its players from the first time they start wagering.

Temporary. What does it mean?

Temporary. What does it mean?Different inspectors have different meanings
For Chailey, it was 20-years.
For Chobham, it was six-months.
For Odiham, it was five-years x twice ......... read more

Police plea to horse riders and road users in new safety campaign

Police plea to horse riders and road users in new safety campaign

Cambridgeshire Police are urging road users to look out for horses on the roads as part of a fresh safety appeal.

Officers are asking those using the roads to approach horses with care using the same consideration as they would when driving past pedestrians or cyclists. Cyclists are being asked to slow down and pass wide.

The appeal, asking all road users to share the roads safely and look out for one another, comes under the same framework as Op Velo - an operation aimed at reducing the number of collisions involving cyclists on the county's roads.

Between April 2016 and December 2018, there were four collisions involving vehicles and horses in Cambridgeshire.

On 23 September 2016, a collision between a motorcyclist and a horse on Gamlingay Road, Sandy, resulted in the motorcyclist being airlifted to hospital with serious injuries. The horse had to be put down due to his injuries.

On 3 March 2017 two riders fell from their horses after a car failed to reduce its speed and collided head on with them on Mepal Road. One rider was taken to hospital but suffered no serious injuries.

On 12 May 2017, a rider fell from their horse after a van passed them driving at 35mph on the A1101 near Wisbech. The horse rider suffered serious injuries.

On 13 July 2017 a horse rider was left with minor injuries after a collision with two cars on the B1093.

During the same two year timeframe, there were also two collisions involving vehicles and horses in Bedfordshire – one resulting in a horse rider suffering fatal injuries.

In Hertfordshire there were eight collisions, two resulting in serious injuries and the other six resulting in minor injuries.

Police plea to horse riders and road users in new safety campaign

PC Jon Morris, casualty reduction officer at Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said: "Horses can be startled by many things, noise, flapping objects, dogs barking, a bike speeding up behind them, a vehicle splashing through a puddle etc.

"These things can make a horse more difficult to control and cause it to 'shy' suddenly, possibly into the path of traffic. Look out for the rider's signals and always take notice of a request to slow down or stop.

"We'd also encourage horse riders to use hand signals wherever possible.

"We're encouraging all road users to make the roads safer for everyone - please share the roads safely and look out for one another."

The force's new safety plea has been devised with the support of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Road Safety Partnership.

Police plea to horse riders and road users in new safety campaign

Further road safety advice is also available, as well as our latest news, campaigns and appeals.

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A Happy Ending For Rescued Shetland Pony, PearlEllie Ingram

A Happy Ending For Rescued Shetland Pony, Pearl

In 2013, Essex-based horse lover, Ellie Ingram, was contacted by a friend who told her she had heard about 25 Shetland ponies on their way to slaughter as they were deemed as 'wastage'. The friend agreed to take two of the ponies and Ellie agreed to be responsible for their day-to-day care. They named the pair Pearl and Peaches.

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Pony owner is shocked to discover her pet is being secretly ridden at night... by a DOG

- Callie Schenker left in hysterics after finding one-eyed pony being ridden by dog

- Pony Cricket trotted off into darkness while Corgi balanced on top of her

- Hilarious footage captured in Bolivar, Missouri, has amassed over 5m view

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Keeping our country side safe for walkers

MP Kerry McCarthy  reveals she had more emails about horses than about Brexit

MP Kerry McCarthy  reveals she had more emails about horses than about Brexit

Kerry McCarthy visited HorseWorld recently to hear about their  #BreakTheChain campaign and meet some of their rescued horses. Kerry has received more emails than any other MP in the country about tethered horses and at one point she had more emails about horses than about Brexit!

On her visit Kerry spoke with HorseWorld's Managing Director, Mark Owen, about the campaign aims. These are; to limit the amount of time a horse can be tethered for to 24 hours, to enforce a complete ban on tethering in dangerous locations and to make it so that if a tether is your only method of keeping a horse then you should not be permitted to keep that animal. Kerry also heard how the campaign has reached 94% of MP's and gained over 11,000 sign-ups so far.

Kerry has a history of supporting animal rights, so she and Mark also discussed the shortcomings of local councils who fail to employ Animal Welfare Inspectors leaving the police as the only people with the power to rescue a suffering animal. HorseWorld would like to see it become a mandatory duty for councils to employ an inspector which would mean the police would not have to attend animal rescues saving them time and money.

Kerry met Salisbury and Twiglet, two rescue horses. Salisbury was rescued after being born while his mother, Catena, was tethered. This meant she couldn't protect him and Catena was in serious distress at not being able to get to her baby. Luckily, in this case HorseWorld could step-in and rescue both mare and foal.

However, a study published in 2014 found that 10% of tethered horses in South Wales were mares with young foals this show us that many horses have suffered as Catena did and will continue to suffer unless action is taken[i]. Kerry then met Twiglet who was rescued with a broken spine but is now in full health and exceptionally cheeky. He decided to nibble Kerry as she gave a moving speech on camera about her support for the campaign!

Kerry said: "I fully support HorseWorld's #BreaktheChain campaign, and so many of my constituents have written to me about it, it's clear they do too. It's so sad to see horses tethered by the roadside, often without adequate water or shelter, for days on end. We need the current law to be properly enforced, and for the Government to look at whether the law can be strengthened."

Having a record of supporting improvements to mental health services in the UK, Kerry also had a tour of HorseWorld's Discovery department which helps struggling and at-risk children by pairing them with a rescued horse and teaching the children how to care for horses.

Kerry said: "It was also great to hear about the work HorseWorld is doing with young people with social, emotional, mental health and learning needs, through its Discovery programme, and the difference contact with the horses can make to troubled young people's lives".

The HorseWorld team couldn't be more grateful to Kerry for her support and are hoping that with her voice added to the campaign they are one step closer to improving the lives of horses all over the UK.

"The man at the council offices in the Isle of Wight said that if they stopped adopting/resurfacing bridle paths, the council would need to close down that department" - Tony Barnett

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Says Sandra Smith

Says Sandra SmithThe speed required to ensure that a gate closes is greater than the velocity required to amputate a finger, crush a child or the head of a dog, trap a push or wheelchair, or – literally - tear a hole in the side of a horse ......... read more

Equine flu update

Equine flu update

As a result of the current Equine Flu situation, a number of BE event venues have made the decision to put in extra precautionary measures and protocols with regards to flu vaccinations. British Eventing members will therefore need to ensure that they are abiding with these extra protocols if they are planning on competing at these venues. 

Where a venue has enhanced the conditions of vaccinations above those required under rule 10.2 of the BE Rules and Members' Handbook, any horse competing at a BE fixture will need to abide by the vaccination requirements of that venue.

British Eventing is in the process of gathering information from individual events and will release this as soon as possible. This information will be kept as up to date as possible, but competitors should also check communications from the venue directly as they are subject to change.

British Eventing also requires that horses are not travelled if they are showing any signs of being unwell, and to seek immediate advice from a veterinary surgeon.

The BHS and Maureen Comber

How the BHS treats somebody who has been a loyal, dedicated and hard-working member for over 50 years.

February 17 .............DAY 1,692

It is now 16892 days since the BHS shamefully dismissed Maureen Comber after more than 50-years of dedicated and hard-working service.

Maureen ComberStill no regret.

Still no sympathy.

Still no apology.

What is more they have still not paid her back the outstanding money they owe her.

How long can the BHS continue to behave in this disgraceful manner?

Other hard-working BHS members and volunteers beware. This is obviously the way you are going to be treated one day.

"We're backing Maureen"

Click here to read in full the shocking way
Maureen Comber was treated by the BHS

"Well. We all think BHS should apologise to Maureen Comber so there. You're outvoted."

"Well. We all think BHS should apologise to Maureen Comber so there. You're outvoted."

Says Adrienne Yentis

Says Adrienne YentisA friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
and she came across a group of cattle strung out across the bridlepath with no way through – the only way off was to turn round. Fortunately her horse
remained calm throughout. But you can imagine how a nervous horse might react ........... read more

Equine flu update 

Equine flu update

British Showjumping appeals to Academy Coordinators, Coaches and Area Representatives

Given the recent Equine Influenza outbreak please can passport checks be carried out at all training to ensure vaccinations comply with our ruling (below). We also strongly advise members that if their horses last vaccination exceeds 6 months that they have an additional booster vaccination. Any equine not complying with the vaccination rules should not be unloaded nor any horses travelling with it and they will not be allowed to participate in the session.

Please can we also remind coaches who are travelling to different yards that they should be implementing their own bio-security measures.

British Showjumping Flu Vaccination Rule 42.5 Flu vaccinations are mandatory for all registered horses and ponies and they must be in possession of a valid flu vaccination certificate. It is the owner's responsibility to ensure that the horse's vaccinations are up to date and correctly recorded on the diagrammatic vaccination record. Spot checks will be regularly carried out at shows. The horse/pony must have received two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza given no less than 21 days and no more than 92 days apart. Only these two injections need to have been given before a horse/pony can compete in competitions. In addition, a first booster injection must be given no less than 150 days and no more than 215 days after the second injection of the primary vaccination. Subsequently, booster injections must be given at intervals of not more than one year apart.

For more information and latest updates regarding Equine Influenza please see https://www.bef.co.uk/News.aspx

Says Linda Wright

Says Linda WrightWe moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more

Horse Gets Sold For $9.5 Million!

World Horse Sculpture Trail Launched

World Horse Sculpture Trail Launched

40 unique horse sculptures to be showcased around the country

World Horse Welfare is set to launch three World Horse Trails in 2019 which will see 40 horse sculptures on display at a number of locations including the Royal Windsor Horse Show and across the charity's four Rescue and Rehoming Centres.

World Horse Sculpture Trail Launched

Sculpted by acclaimed sculptor, Judy Boyt, the 40 horses will be a combination of 11hh sculptures and miniature maquettes standing at around 35cm high, with each one designed and painted by a leading artist, equestrian personality or celebrity.

There's even an opportunity to submit your own design for one of the large sculptures in a competition that will be judged by World Horse Welfare Patron and former Olympic gymnast, Suzanne Dando-Reynolds. Entrants will be challenged to tell the story of youngster World Horse Welfare Hope through their design with the winning submission painted by a studio artist and going on display as part of the Borough Trail.

World Horse Sculpture Trail Launched

The muse for the sculptures is rehomed competition horse, World Horse Welfare Lucas, who was rescued as a yearling from a frozen field with his mother, both of whom were fighting to survive the harsh winter weather. Lucas is now transformed and regularly competes at British Eventing with his rehomer Colleen in Fife, Scotland. Judy travelled to meet Lucas and live-sculpt him late last year before creating an 11hh sculpture back home in her Wiltshire studio which was then used to create the mould for production of the fibreglass sculptures.

World Horse Sculpture Trail Launched

Ten of the 11hh sculptures will form the 'Show Trail' which will be displayed at the Royal Windsor Horse Show 8-12th May and will then travel to a number of other events through the summer. Ten 11hh horses will also make up the Borough Trail (locations to be announced) and then 20 miniature horse sculptures will feature across World Horse Welfare's four Rescue and Rehoming Centres in Norfolk, Somerset, Lancashire and Aberdeenshire.

World Horse Welfare Director of Fundraising, Emma Williams, said:

"Following the success of our 2016 Invisible Horse Trail, we wanted to create something even bigger this year as part of our Charity of the Year partnership with the Royal Windsor Horse Show but also as a way of sharing our work with a much wider audience. The horse sculptures are a fantastic visual way to show all the different aspects of how we help horses both in the UK and around the world, as well as celebrating some of the inspiring stories of rescued and rehomed equines.

"We're delighted to be working with Judy Boyt again and so grateful to her and all the artists, celebrities and sponsors who are helping us with the sculpture trail this year – watch this space for more exciting announcements very soon!"

World Horse Sculpture Trail LaunchedRenowned sculptor, Judy Boyt, said:

"Sculpting Lucas for the 2019 Trail has introduced me to another amazing horse that was rescued along with his mother by World Horse Welfare. I spent three days up in a rather cold but sunny Fife with Lucas and his rehomer, Colleen.  I did a small maquette of him in wax,  to use later for scaling up to the larger version, 1.20 m tall, made in clay ready for the moulders and casters to replicate the numbers for the new trail.

"He did inspect the sculpture while I went along, checking out his rather large ears!  He was brilliant to work with, if rather laid back and asleep in his stable until he went out into the field and then it was gauntlets off and full steam ahead!"

Entries for the competition to design a sculpture to tell the story of World Horse Welfare Hope are now open and close on 18th March. To enter you must be over 16 years of age. 

Under-16's will also be able to enter a competition to design one of the miniature horse sculptures which will be judged by YouTube star ThisEsme.

Says Maureen ComberI have been given an ASBO by the Hampshire County Council for standing up for riders rights.

How many other people have been silenced by Hampshire County Council? ........... read more

Horse Health  
Encysted Small Redworm

Vet Warns Of The Risks Of Not Treating
For Encysted Small Redworm
 

Horse Health 4  Encysted Small Redworm

Zoetis Inc. announced that recent cases of serious disease caused by severe encysted small redworm infections have prompted Zoetis vet Wendy Talbot to remind horse owners of the risks posed by not treating for this potentially fatal parasite.

In the spring the small redworm larvae can erupt from their hibernation inside the horse's gut in large numbers, breaking and damaging the lining of the intestinal wall. Symptoms include diarrhoea, weight loss and colic. This condition (known as larval cyathostominosis) can be fatal.  Young horses (<6years old) have the highest risk although all ages may be affected.1,2,3

"Over the past few weeks I have heard of a number of cases of larval cyathostominosis," says Wendy. "Unfortunately people think their horses are safe from this parasite if they have had a recent, negative faecal worm egg count (FWEC) but this absolutely is not the case. Because encysted small redworm are hibernating, they won't show in faecal worm egg counts. A horse could actually have a burden of several million encysted small redworm larvae yet show a negative or low FWEC." 2 

Currently there is no effective test for encysted stages of small redworm. All horses of more than six months of age should be dosed for it ideally during the late autumn/early winter and certainly before the spring arrives.

There are only two active ingredients licensed to treat encysted small redworm: a single dose of moxidectin or a five-day course of fenbendazole. However, there is widespread evidence of resistance in small redworm to fenbendazole, including the five-day dose so a resistance test is recommended before using it.2 

Moxidectin has high efficacy against adult small redworm including encysted mucosal larvae. 4 

"It's imperative to use the right worming product," says Wendy. "Treating with a wormer that does not specifically target the encysted stages (ivermectin, pyrantel or single dose fenbendazole) during late autumn and winter can actually increase the risk of a horse with a high ESRW burden developing larval cyathostominosis." 3

Horse Health 4  Encysted Small Redworm

Always make sure you choose the right worming methods and products for your horse's circumstances by discussing your worming programme with your prescriber. 

Learn more about why encysted small redworm are a serious health risk to horses by watching the video below.  You can also visit www.horsedialog.co.uk to read some helpful articles on equine health and wellbeing.

References

  1. Dowdall SMJ, et al. Antigen-specific IgG(T) responses in natural and experimental cyathostominae infection in horses. Vet Parasitol 2002; 106: 225–242.
  2. Matthews JB (2008) Equine Vet Educ. Oct. 552-559
  3. Reinmeyer and Neilsen (2013) Handbook of Equine Parasite Control
  4. Bairden (2006) Vet record, 158, 766-768

Says Sally Edwards and Jo WareFrensham Common, rrey

Official. The National Trust does not own or have any other interest on the common land apart from the burial mounds .............. read more

Sea Horse sculpture bought for £15,000

Sea Horse sculpture bought for £15,000

A horse sculpture in the sea is due to become a permanent attraction after a town raised £15,000 to buy it.

Last month, a campaign to keep the Lifeboat Horse by artist Rachael Long in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, was started by the harbour commissioners.

Residents have been so keen to see the 10ft (3m) sculpture remain that local children have even been donating their pocket money to the cause.

Harbour master Robert Smith said he was "thrilled" to hit the target.

Sea Horse sculpture bought for £15,000

The Lifeboat Horse - made from steel bars and old whisky barrels - was created by artist Rachael Long for the 2018 Wells Heritage Art Trail and it remained her property.

It was located on the harbour sand so that it was fully visible at low tide, and then becomes submerged as the tide comes in.

Sea Horse sculpture bought for £15,000Image Copyright @hmwellsnextsea@HMWELLSNEXTSEA

It has been in storage since October for protection from the harsher winter seas.

Mr Smith hopes it will be back in its original setting by the spring once the purchase goes through.

Sea Horse sculpture bought for £15,000

Mr Smith said he was "grateful" for every one of the 130 donations received, which ranged in value from £1 to £1,500.

Seven local businesses chipped in, but most of the money came from the local community.

He said people were "desperate" to see the sculpture stay in Wells.

"One local child donated their last £1 while a group of children, whose grandmother really liked the sculpture, donated their pocket money instead of buying her a present," he said.

"I can't believe people's generosity. It's been quite humbling."

Sea Horse sculpture bought for £15,000

The harbour commissioners have pledged to cover all ongoing insurance, maintenance and winter storage costs for the sculpture, Mr Smith added.

It was created as a tribute to the horses that once pulled the town's 33ft (10m) lifeboat more than two miles from the quay to Holkham Gap.

Sea Horse sculpture bought for £15,000

Says Tony BarnettGATES OR STILE’S WILL ONLY BE LAWFUL AS LONG AS THE REASONS FOR THE INSTALLATIONS ARE SERVING THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH THEY WERE INTENDED.

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Horse charities unite in historic merger

Horse charities unite in historic merger

Redwings has announced a major development in its operations following the completion of a merger with Welsh charity SWHP (Society for the Welfare of Horses and Ponies) and the establishment of a new centre in Monmouthshire.

The merger became official on 1st February 2019 and will see the new centre taking the name Redwings SWHP. The SWHP charity, which was previously based at a site in St Maughans, Wales, has been carrying out vital welfare work for over 40 years and housed more than 60 rescued horses and ponies with about 250 more out on loan.

The former site of SWHP was not sustainable as it was the home of the founder and former chairman Jenny MacGregor MBE who very sadly passed away in November 2017. 

Mrs MacGregor and her late husband Alasdair ran the charity from their home for many years and were a real driving force in the animal welfare world. Mrs MacGregor originally began negotiations to merge with Redwings Horse Sanctuary back in 2012 and was fully supportive of the two organisations coming together.

Redwings has now purchased a new site close to Offa's Dyke near Chepstow and plans have been submitted to the local authority to develop horse care facilities and a visitor centre. The 86-acre site is now home to the previous SWHP equine residents and will offer additional new jobs, as well as the seven existing staff who have transferred there.

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Redwings already cares for 1,500 rescued horses and donkeys across England and Scotland, with five visitor centres and several more closed sanctuary farms. The charity conducts rescues right across the United Kingdom, including Wales and Scotland, and also offers support to smaller horse charities in Ireland. Over the last 15 years, Redwings has been working particularly to improve the lives of hundreds of horses across Wales, including leading on a significant project to reduce the numbers grazing illegally on the Welsh commons, and in October 2013 the charity helped rescue over 300 horses and ponies from a site in the Vale of Glamorgan. The merger with SWHP means that Redwings is now responsible for over 2,000 rescued horses across the UK, including 700 living out in Guardian homes.

Chief Executive Lynn Cutress said: "SWHP is a charity we have admired and worked with closely for many years and a merger has been in the pipeline for a while so I am delighted that it has finally concluded successfully after a great deal of hard work. We have extremely strong links with Wales already and to be able to have a base so close by will really benefit the horses that need our help there.

"The merger process has been extremely time-consuming and we would like to thank the staff from both Redwings and SWHP for their hard work and cooperation throughout the process. It's a privilege to be able to build on the amazing legacy of the MacGregors and the fantastic team they developed; and of course this merger will enable us to help even more horses in desperate need."

SWHP Trustee Sian Lloyd said: "In line with the MacGregor's ethos, 'the horses come first', many hundreds have found wonderful homes and lead fulfilling and very happy lives, bringing a huge amount of joy to their keepers. We are enormously grateful to all our very dedicated supporters for offering homes to our equines which will continue under the stewardship of Redwings.

"Our charity would not have been able to flourish into the much respected charity it is today without our generous supporters, dedicated staff and teams of volunteers. Jenny and Alasdair wanted the charity to be secure and continue to flourish.  In merging with Redwings we hope their wonderful legacy will continue in protecting those abused and neglected equines."

Horse charities unite in historic merger

Job vacancies at the new site will be advertised at www.redwings.org.uk/work-for-us and they would also welcome applications from anyone interested in volunteering or continuing to volunteer for Redwings in Wales. Existing Guardians of SWHP will be contacted separately as Guardianship agreements will continue as before but any questions about this or any element of the merger can be directed to info@redwings.co.uk.

The new Redwings SWHP site, near Chepstow, is not currently open to visitors. 

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Congratulations

SMS National Saddlery Competition Winners

Society of Master Saddlers' National Saddlery Competition

While watching her many students past and present receiving awards at the Society of Master Saddlers' National Saddlery Competition, Capel Manor lecturer, Line Hansen was also a worthy winner thanks to her entry in the Presidents' Choice class.

Held at the Saddlers' Hall in London and supported by The Worshipful Company of Saddlers, the event continues to be hugely popular with the very best in the saddlery business.

Line took the honours with her red leather Clarinet Case thanks to the theme of 'any leather item incorporating traditional hand stitched Box Work techniques' chosen by the Society of Master Saddlers' President, Chris Taylor.

Line took home the Ken Lyndon Dykes Perpetual Trophy for winning the class.

Society of Master Saddlers' National Saddlery Competition

Said Line: "I started working on the piece in July and it is wonderful to win.  I play the clarinet and it is impossible to find a case that will take a B and a C clarinet, they don't exist so I decided to make my own.

"I have played for five years and thoroughly enjoy it.  It was fantastic to see so many current and former students win awards throughout the evening."

Line's colleague lecturer, Christer Dahlberg also captured a top award at this year's event.

Christer won the Special Open Class, making a Pair of Dressage Stirrup Leathers and claiming his first win at the prestigious awards.

Said Christer: "I don't normally enter the competition as I don't want to compete against my students but they really wanted me to take part and I am really pleased I did, it is wonderful to win a class."

Society of Master Saddlers' National Saddlery Competition

Young saddlery student Grace Willsmer was in superlative form and was overcome with emotion when winning the Special Open Bridle Class which required entrants to make a Western Bridle.

Said Grace: "I am so thrilled, to win an award at the national competition is fantastic.  The evening has just been superb and I really enjoyed making the bridle.

"It has been my major focus over the last few months and has taken many hours to get it to the finish I wanted to achieve."

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