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From the Horse's Mouth Issue 34 of the E-newsletter of The Racehorse Sanctuary.


From the Horse’s    Mouth

August/September 2019

Issue 34 of the E-newsletter of

The Racehorse Sanctuary



WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER sees our charity raceday at Sandown Park Racecourse.  


Just three weeks until one of the most important fundraising events of the year for The Racehorse Sanctuary: our annual raceday at Sandown Park Racecourse, one of the most iconic racing venues in the country. This is not just a fantastic sporting day out for you and your friends, but the funds raised are essential for maintaining the essential work of the ex-racehorse charity, which sets the welfare standards for the sport of kings.

If you have not responded to your invitation yet, please ACT NOW! If perchance our struggles with GDPR adminstration mean you have not received your invitation, it does not mean you are not important to us.  To secure your tickets please follow the instructions on this LINK  

 The price of £99 per ticket includes: hospitality parking, Champagne reception starting at 11:00 am, three course silver service lunch with wine, live auction, an afternoon’s racing and tea in a private suite with tipping service and panoramic views over the racecourse.



OUR JUSTGIVING summer appeal focussed on raising funds to enable the Sanctuary team to make best use of our paddocks with new timber fencing.  

Graham and Sue were so keen to make better use of the Mulsey Frm paddocks that they persuaded the trustees that this should be the focus of our summer fundraising apeal on JustGiving.

The standout feature of this campaign was the fantastic contribution made by Nicola and Joanne, who linked their memorial to a beloved Jane to our summer appeal.


Nicola and Joanne undertook the challenge of training for and competing in the Colour Obstacle Rush in Milton Keynes at the beginning of June with Katie and Lara to raise awareness amongst Jane’s friends and family in the UK and Italy – an absolutely sterling effort, for which the charity is very thankful.



Lots of encouraging news of our horses this Summer.  


Amazing story: our beautiful Paco Boy filly out of Azeema with wonky legs was never registered with Weatherbys; her breeder cared for her too much to risk putting her into training and sent her to the Sanctuary to secure her a safe future.  Here MissNoName, as we first called her, celebrates, with an exuberant response, the fact that at last she was to have a name after we were launching a competition to find her one.

Patron Richard Hoiles chose the winning name from the trustees’ short-list: “My pick would be Amaze the Boys as it largely uses the letter from the dam and matches is with part of the sire – it is just a good name”.  Winner Derek is now Amaze the Boy’s sponsor for a year.

Derek is a gifted amateur with an interest in equine photography and these are the pictures he took of the filly in her stable and parading recently for visitors.


The first cheerful story as we put winter behind us was from Donna, one of our intrepid fosterers.  This is what she had to say: “It’s a year today that I have been fostering this lovely gentle giant and handsome chap, Trent aka Dakota Rain, from The Racehorse Sanctuary.  He's a lovely companion to my very old boy Taffy, such a characterful chap and never fails to make me smile.  I'm trying to do my little bit for a couple of retired ex-racers and I love them both.”
Graham well remembers Opus Two arriving at the Sanctuary on a dark November evening back in 2017, so was delighted to report that this charming fellow now has a super new home with Livette in Surrey.  Opus will want for nothing with Livette, who already loves him to bits.  This is exactly what this chap needed: being one with his special person.


The next story from one of our fosterers was from long-suffering Sarah in North Yorkshire.  This is what she posted on Facebook: “The calm before the storm....After a hectic day I decided to go for a stroll with Blossom up into the forestry...All was going well (aside from the fact that I was downwind of some pretty impressive farting coming from my 'delicate' little mare!) until we got back to the road and two dogs appeared, bounding through the hedge....followed by their blissfully unaware owner a few minutes later...Bloss took exception to this and proceeded to leap up the verge and jump the small fence into the wheat field, dragging me behind....needless to say my jumping skills aren't as good as hers, so I ended up in a heap of nettles..ouch, ouch and still ouch! (Can anyone recommend anything for stings...!?)...On the plus side she has a pretty impressive jump for a little horse with a wonky leg, so who knows, I may make a showjumper out of her yet!!!”

Sarah subsequently relented on the jumping idea for the time being, as she explained to David and Barbara, who went to see them representing Blossom’s former breeding syndicate, The Blakeney Breezes.  The whole idea of the long-reigning and gentle hacking is to enable her wonky leg to strengthen to the point where she only tackles what is safe for her welfare.  Meanwhile, she has a very happy existence, shared with Sarah’s other ex-racehorse Rupert; the two are inseparable.


Hurrah!  Another good home: here is Maygo’s Joy aka Mango, a former top hurdler, as he surveys his new surroundings in his Surrey yard.  This is what Graham had to say: “ Mango’s new guardian Louise very sadly lost her 21-y-o mare Whisper recently having had her for 19 years.  Whilst Mango will never take her place, he certainly will put a smile back on Louise's face with his ‘life is fun’ attitude.  I do believe that we have found a really good partnership with Louise and Mango, with exciting times ahead for the pair of them.”

And it was not long before Graham could report: “So pleasing and rewarding to see. This is Mango with his new guardian Louise at their first competition as a pair. It is great to see this lovely chap looking so happy and pleased with himself and so he should do as he came away with a rosette on his first attempt; Louise looks pretty chuffed as well.”


Oscars Well has been a popular denizen of The Stable Yard at Mulsey Farm.

Here he is feeling as fresh as a daisy having just finished his bath time - what a handsome horse he is.

So, it was with mixed emotions that Graham reported: “Thrilled and excited for Oscars as he sets off to start a new chapter in his life with Claudia in Hertfordshire, but sad that we will no longer have our daily chats with this handsome, wise horse.

Oscars really did make his mark on us all at the centre, I'm the lucky one as I will still see on regular welfare visits, not so lucky for the staff who had built an ongoing relationship with him. Seen here in his new stable having just arrived and getting stuck into his hay net. Good luck Oscars.”


Just recently Graham was able to report on another good home found. Here is what he had to say about this gelding by War Command out of the mare Chantry and formerly trained by James: “Sterling Price, or Malcolm as he is known, is shown here arriving at his new home with Nicola and Evelyne in Essex. This super little 3-year old is going to have so much fun in his new home, but will take time to settle into the new surroundings. Life is one big adventure: enjoy yourself Malcolm.” 


SATURDAY 10 AUGUST saw the first Support Group event at The Stable yard at Mulsey Farm.  


Making friends locally, we were invited to set up a stall at the the open day held by our neighbours Brinsbury College in May. Thank you to Debbie and team for manning the stall and interacting with so many visitors: catching up with old acquantances and making new friends, inluding local Conservative MP Nick Herbert CBE, who posed for pictures to post on his Facebook page!


Our main social event this summer was the Sanctuary Support Group Member’s Open Day earlier in August. Graham, Sue and the team were on tenterhooks worrying about the forecast storms, but though the weather was blustery, the horses paraded and behaved impeccably. Everyone concerned had put a great deal of work into making the day a success and their efforts were rewarded by the enthusiastic support of visitors.

The charmingly unusual stables were looking their best, set off by the sponsorship of the yard by horse feed specialists Dodson & Horrell; we are very grateful to them for their encouragement and support. 

Although retiring trustees Colin and Ping did not want a fuss made, their colleagues could not let this opportunity pass without marking the wonderful contribution they have made to the work of the charity. In a small ceremony the stable yard was officially named The Passmore Yard.

Setting a standard of efficiency and quality to which we must all aspire, new trustee Sue marshalled a team of volunteers and refreshments, which put the icing on the cake for Support Group Members, as far as their open day was concerned.  Thank you to everyone: horses, team, volunteers, helpers and members.

On the day and despite the weather keen photographer Derek took these fabulous pictures of The Heirophant aka Aero.



Thank you so much to those of you who chosen to mark wedding celebrations with donations to The Racehorse Sanctuary.  


This summer has been marked by an unexpected but welcome development.  We have received a significant number of donations to celebrate the weddings of couples, who like us are passionate about the lifetime welfare of racehorses.  What a wonderful idea?  Included in our congratulations are:

Irena & Brian

Rosie & Brian

The Sanctuary horses have arranged a special CARD for them.