Archive | February 2013

Woolly Winston

Woolly Winston

Hi Everyone

Well, it looks like the weather has changed again with freezing temperatures and snowflake showers, however, all the horses and ponies are well this week and we are pleased to report that Little Jerry and Christina Scarlet have settled into their new home and have made friends with the ponies in their new field.

It’s nearly time for the next quarterly newsletter!  So all those who generously give a monthly gift, or those on the standing order scheme should start looking out for the postman next week for their newsletter.  If anyone would like to help by giving a monthly gift of £2 or £3 per month, it would be really appreciated.  All these amounts do make a hugh difference to help to keep the sanctuary running. Just download for the form on “How you can help” tab.

Savannah

Savannah

The volunteer fundraisers are planning to hold several stalls at local events this year and would like to hold raffles to win luxury food hampers. We are looking at luxury/quality items to make the hampers, such as  chocolates, preserves, pickles, cakes and non-perishable items,  as well as wine and small bottles of brandy/whisky champagne etc, we would also need wicker hamper baskets.  If anyone can help by donating any suitable quality items, please email volunteer John on johnbrown440@hotmail.com.

Coco and Moley warm in the barn.

Coco and Moley warm in the barn

A big thank you this week to Jane from Hose, who sold hand-made Christmas cards to friends and family and raised an amazing £100, which Jane donated to Pablos.  Don’t forget that volunteer John will be holding a fundraising stall on the Melton Mowbray market next Saturday 2nd March – and he’ll be selling his delicious home-made cakes!

Have a good week.

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New start

Christina Scarlet

Christina Scarlet

Hi Everyone

All the horses and ponies are well this week, and have been enjoying this lovely sunny weekend weather.  Hard to image that only a few days ago we were all under a few inches of snow for a day!

We are very pleased to report that two of our ponies, Little Gerry and Christina Scarlet went to their new foster home this weekend.  Little Gerry and Christina Scarlet came to the Sanctuary approximately 2 years ago.  Not much was known about Little Gerry and Christina’s backgrounds only that their previous owners had purchased them 2 years ago in a bid against the meat-man at the Melton Mowbray Horse Sales.  Both were then transported to a field in Melton Mowbray until their owners were given notice to remove both ponies from their rented fields.  As both these ponies were undomesticated their options for a new home were very limited and were due to go back to the Melton Mowbray Horse Sales.  Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary was contacted and offered them both a home and had a deadline of one week to remove them from their rented field. As both ponies were untamed it took two

Little Gerry

Little Gerry

attempts and hours of dedicated volunteer work to be able to load them into the horse-lorry to get them safely to the Sanctuary.

Six months later, in August 2011 Adam Shereston, the internationally renowned Horse Whisperer worked with them both over 2 days, and our volunteers have continued to work with Little Gerry and Christina Scarlet since.  Click-training was used in their rehabilitation and both responded very well and trust was established.  Little Gerry developed in to a very smart and sweet pony, and Christina in to a very kind, gentle and pretty mare.  For those of you who attended the Open Day last August you’ll probably remember Little Jerry showed off his clicker training skills for everyone!

The long-term plan for their future was always to find a wonderful caring new owner to foster them and to live a fulfilling life, and we are pleased to report that a wonderful and experienced home has been found with Dawn, near Barrow Upon Soar.  On Saturday,  both ponies were calmly and successfully loaded into the trailer and had a safe journey to their new home.  Dawn reports that they have settled in well and are making new friends already.  We would like to thank Jay from Jays Transport for her help in ensuring the loading and delivery went stress-free and to our volunteers for all their time spent to help these two ponies over the past 2 years.  We wish Dawn, Little Gerry and Christina Scarlet a wonderful live together.

One of the chickens relaxing in the sun

One of the chickens relaxing in the sun

Volunteer Wendy held the New and Nearly New Stall at Rearsby Lodge Dressage competition in Brooksby on Sunday and raised an super £80.  A big thank you to Liz Atkins, the Committee and all of the attendees for their continued support.  Also this week, Wendy has raised £140 from people contacting her directly.  A hugh thank you to all those for their support, for both purchase and donations.

Thank you this week to Angela for her kind donation of equine items and horse feed, and also to the customers of the village shop at Long Clawson for raising £22.20 in their collection tin and to the On The Sands Deli, in Long Clawson for raising £13.23 in their collection tin.

A fundraising event is to be held at The Saddle Club at Brooksby Melton College, The Hives Farm on Thursday 2nd May. The starting time is 10.00am and fun events such as dressage, in-hand and ridden showing, obstacle course, on foot games and a raffle will be held.  Carole will be judging the “Pony the judge would like to take home with her” class!  The fundraising show is open to all Brooksby students and entry forms are now available.

Have a good week.

 

 

Winter’s back

General, Jive and Winston braving the rain

General, Jive and Winston braving the rain

Hi Everyone

Well, it looks like the Winter weather has come back again and might be with us for a little while yet!   All the horses and ponies are well this week, with the older one’s in the barn all doing well in their warm deep beds, whilst the “younger” ones are kept warm in their out-door rugs on the yard.

We would like to give a big welcome back to volunteer Alex, who has made an excellent recovery and is now able to volunteer back at the yard – although strictly on light duties only!

On Wednesday 6th February, Carole was the guest speaker at the Scalford Women’s Institute, at the Scalford Village Hall on Sandy Lane in Scalford, to talk about the Sanctuary.  An enjoyable evening was had by all and the Scalford Women’s Institute have been invited to hold one of their meetings at the yard, during the Summer time with a picnic.  If there are any local groups who would like Carole to give a talk about Pablo’s at one of their meetings, please just get in touch.

Bea enjoying the haylage

Bea enjoying the haylage

A huge thank you this week to volunteers, John  and Gayle for raising £170 by holding a market stall in Melton on Saturday, and to Jade and her Gran for the delicious homemade cakes (they sold in an hour!)

A big thank to all everyone who has  donations of equine items, and to those who have bought from the New and Nearly New Stall over the past week.   It is planned for the next New and Nearly New Stall to be at Rearsby Lodge Dressage competition in Brooksby on 17th February.   However, in the meantime if you would like to know what items are available from the tack stall please contact Wendy at whcarter @onetel.com or 07831 453504.

A huge thank you to a very kind gentleman who has generously donated 24 bales of haylage, and to the lovely couple who made the delivery and helped to unload all the bales.

Don’t forget, if you are in John Lewis, at Highcross -please pop into their cafe, make a purchase to get your charity token and place the token in Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary box!

Have a good week

A very co-operative store collection

Little Jerry and Christina

Little Jerry and Christina

Hi Everyone

All the horses and ponies are well this week.  With the snow and ice now gone, it’s made the yard a little easier to work on and when the Winter sun comes out, it is really quite pleasant.

On Saturday 2nd February, Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary was kindly offered a supermarket collection at the Co-operative Superstore, on Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray and a fantastic £180.60 was raised!  A super thank you to all of the super customers who supported Pablo’s, and also to volunteers, John, Mandy, Gayle and Wendy for giving their time on the day.

On Sunday 3rd February, volunteer Wendy took the Pablo’s New and Nearly New Equine stall to Orchard Equestrian Centre in Plungar, where the East Midlands sport Endurance Riding team held their charity ride to raise funds for Ovarian Cancer.  A smashing £103 was raised from the stall .  A huge thank your to  Sue, Richard and Liz for kindly letting us bring our stall along and thank-you to everyone for supporting the stall, and also to those who have supported Pablo’s on Preloved. If you would like the New and Nearly New stall to visit your show or yardl please contact Wendy at whcarter @onetel.com or 07831 453504.

On Wednesday 6th February, Carole will be speaking about Pablo’s at the Scalford Women’s Institute, at the Scalford Village Hall on Sandy Lane in Scalford.  The Scalford Women’s Institute meet every 1st Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm, and we would like to thank them for their kind invitation.

This week would like to give a hugh thank you to Diane Leake from Ruggles Equestrian Ltd for donating such fantastic equine items, for use with the horses and ponies on the yard, and for the New and Nearly New Equine Stall.  Diane has also offered to send Pablo’s information with every order to her customers.

Don’t forget, if you are in John Lewis, at Highcross -please pop into their cafe, make a purchase to get your charity token and place the token in Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary box!

Have a good week