It’s been a good week, with all the horses and ponies being well. The foals are now out of isolation and, although they are still in the barn, all the volunteers are now able to handle the foals each day which is not only a pleasure for the volunteers, but also good for the foals to get used to humans and being handled.
On Saturday (29th October), the big fundraising event of the 5km Sponsored Walk / Dog Walk took place at RandR Country Superstore on Waltham Road, Thorpe Arnold, in Melton Mowbray. A great fun afternoon was had by all. At the start the weather looked promising and participants started to arrive at the store at 1.00pm. After signing in at the registration table and receiving their doggy goody bag and certificate, participants could have their dog(s) professionally photographed with the The Dog Portrait Company, or have a look around the wonderful RandR Superstore. At 1.30pm the photographer from The Melton Times arrived and some action photographs of walkers and their dogs were taken which will be featured in this week’s Melton Times. Just before 2.00pm every participant had arrived and everyone was gathered together for a group photograph. Carole Fielding started the speeches and thanks you, followed by Wendy Beale (RandR Store Manager), and after a short safety brief, the walk was underway!
The group moved as one and headed towards Melton Country Park, the route being guided by Martin Hall with Isaac. After about 15 minutes into the walk a light shower started, so on went dog coats on some the dogs. More photos were taken around the half-way mark (the shower had stopped at this point), and after a short rest the group then continued on the walk. Everyone arrived safely back at RandR Country Superstore, and a magnificent total of £1847 was raised for Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary. We would like to give a HUGE thank you to the following who participated in the Sponsored Walk / Dog Walk (dog names are in italics):
Clare Whitmore and Sandy; Amanda Bailey and Lulu; Sharon Dadd; Richard Knox and Roxy; Melanie Knox and Sasha; the Knox family; Steph Shepherd and Lucy; Alison and Michelle Greenwell and Gizmo; Susan Grogan and Dizzy; Beverley Adams and Barney; Dawn Webb and Rosie; Rachel Hall and Heidi; Martin Hall and Isaac; Samantha Hawker and Cinnamon; Rosie Paine and Sam; Gayle Wells and Marco; Sue Ruscillo; Laura Meadows and Pip; the Meadows’ family; Farren Baldwin and Sky; Jenny Mellor and Gizmo; Jodie Barlow and Mikey.
An extra HUGE thank you to Susan Grogan and Dizzy, who raised the most in sponsorship of an incredible £343, and of course to Wendy Beale and her great team at RandR Country Superstore for supporting the event. The money raised is to be spent on this quarter’s rent of the main yard and fields at Long Clawson, with the remainder being spent on hay for the horses and ponies. More photos are now under the “Events Held” tab.
The next fundraiser is a music night on Friday 18th November at the Rugby Club, Burton Road in Melton Mowbray with the fantastic local group “Revolver”. The night starts at 8.00pm til late, with disco and raffle and at only £5 entrance on the door, this will be a great family night out.
Funds are needed for the coming Winter feed bills, and if anyone has any spare hay that they are able to donate, this would be really appreciated. Also, this year, at the Victoria Christmas Fair in Melton Mowbray on 4th December, Pablo’s is holding a tombola stall which has always been a good fundraising event. If you have any unwanted gifts, that would make ideal tombola prizes please get in touch with Carole.
Have a good week.