Upcott Open Day breaks all records

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Upcott Open Day breaks all records

A huge thank you to everyone who came to our Upcott Park Open Day at the weekend – helping to raise a record breaking £700 for the Sanctuary.

More than 200 people popped along to the event at our Holsworthy farm to meet our rescued ponies and find out more about the Sanctuary’s rehoming work.

They were offered a tour of the yard and fields, agility and training demonstrations, a treasure hunt for the children and delicious homemade cakes – raising more than ever before at the yearly event.

Mum Helen Wheeler, who brought her one-year-old son Thomas who has Down Syndrome, said she was now considering equine therapy after the baby bonded with young pony Juniper.

She said: “We loved seeing the animals in such a welcoming and familiar environment. Juniper was intrigued by Thomas and they appeared to have an unspoken connection.

“It would be interesting to research equine therapy as a result. We even learnt a couple of equine appropriate Makaton signs from a volunteer.”

Upcott Park Yard Manager Tracey Dixon, who helped organise the event, said it was the best Open Day yet with people arriving before the official opening and still coming after it was due to end.

She added: “It was such a wonderful day but one of the highlights was watching Juniper and Thomas. He absolutely adored him. They spent ages together and Thomas’s face lit up.

“A lot of people also stopped us to say what a great job we were doing and how amazing all the horses and ponies looked. That really made my day and we’re all really looking forward to next year’s Open Day.”