Hundreds of people turned out to our Silver Anniversary Open Day on Sunday to see the charity’s amazing horses and ponies in action.
Our talented staff have been rehearsing for months to put on demonstrations and displays in the indoor arena, highlighting the training and patience needed to turn round often wild and mistreated animals.
Giant Shire horse Kavaner and tiny Shetland Sir Didymus stole the show and won the hearts of children from all over the country.
The Cooper family travelled all the way from Birmingham after their four year old daughter Verity fell in love with Kavaner on a family holiday to Devon two years ago.
Mum Laura said: “Ever since we visited the Sanctuary, Verity has been obsessed with horses. She’s now taking riding lessons and she was desperate to come and say hello to Kavaner.
“She has been looking forward to the Open Day for ages. We love coming here. The staff are lovely and we’ve had a great time. Verity likes to meet as many horses and ponies as she can.”
The Higgins family were on holiday from their home in Galashiels in Scotland with children Mia and Jessica.
Mum Collette said: “We’ve had some real fun today. Horses are definitely the children’s favourite animals and it’s great they can get so close to them.”
The event attracted more than 500 people and included stalls, bouncy castles, llamas and face painting for the little ones.
The staff also put on a fancy-dress quadrille and agility events in the Sanctuary’s giant arena – showcasing how far the horses and ponies have come since being rescued and rehabilitated.