Thanks to everyone for coming to join us at our stand at the Devon County Show this year
It was lovely to catch up with some of our carers and to spread the word about the wonderful ponies and horses we currently have up for adoption and rehoming.
The level of interest was high and it was great to have the opportunity to describe the work we do and the effort we all make to find our rescued animals the homes they deserve.
We were also delighted to be able to take part in this year’s Farriers Competition.
One of our success stories – the lovely, placid Cob Princess – was hand-picked by the organiser of the competition to be shod in an against-the-clock challenge.
Her carer Rebecca Newman, from Tiverton, said it was an honour to take part and Princess was ideal because she could cope with the frantic pace, heat, loud noise and large crowds.
She said: “Our farrier, who was organising the event, asked if we would take part because Princess is so well behaved.
“We’ve had her on loan from the Mare & Foal Sanctuary for about 18 months and she has been wonderful. She has done everything we have asked of her. She’s fine hacking out on her own and nothing seems to phase her.
“Princess is now a big part of our family and we are so proud of the way she’s taken the competition in her stride.”
Farrier Andrew Bowyer added: “It was an against-the-clock challenge so the pace was pretty frantic. I knew Princess would be ideal because of her great temperament. It can be hard finding horses that can cope in a show environment.”
The Sanctuary attends the county’s largest agricultural show, at Westpoint near Exeter, every year.
Thanks again to everyone who helped make this year so special – and to everyone who expressed an interest in the work we do. Let’s hope the show leads to some of our wonderful animals finding the loving homes they need.