WHW celebrates Rehome A Horse Month

Dedicated horse-woman Tasha from Fife rehomed World Horse Welfare Alicia from Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre last October and is now encouraging others to do the same as her shy little rescue pony has become a showing super cob!

As World Horse Welfare celebrates Rehome A Horse Month this October, to highlight the benefits of rehoming and encouraging the public to consider rehoming a horse instead of buying or breeding, local rehomer Tasha is keen to share Alicia’s rags to riches story.

Alicia and Tasha pictured above

Alicia was resued by the charity as a frightened, unhandled youngster. The dedicated team at Belwade Farm nursed her back to health and slowly helped her to trust humans again. When the time came for her to be rehomed it would take someone very special to see the potential of this brave little pony. Step forward Tasha.

Tasha was looking for a project to bring on in showing and instantly saw Alicia’s potential. She said: “I saw this little hairy cob in the field, with tonnes of feather and tonnes of hair and thought she would do well in the show ring. We clicked pretty quickly. She was a bit nervous when she first arrived…now everyone loves her. She’s got a lovely temperament. She’s definitely cheeky but she’s well into work.”

Alicia was backed to ride last October and then spent the winter resting, but 2019 has seen the hard-working pair achieve great things. Having competed in a number of disciplines, including dressage, showing in-hand and showing under saddle, they have qualified for the Traditional of The Year 2020 in two categories: Quest for a Star and In-hand Showing, as well as qualifying for the Caledonian Showing Championships later this month.

One of the largest equine events in the showing calendar, Equifest, is next on Tasha and Alicia’s hit list and given their incredible success in their first season, their prospects are looking good.

Tasha said: “Whatever she wants to do, we’ll do. If she just wants to be a hacking pony then that’s all we’ll do, but it will be really nice to get her out…showing off what rescue ponies can do.”

Tasha described her experience rehoming through World Horse Welfare as ‘lovely and supportive’ and said it was good to know that if her circumstances change Alicia can always return to the charity, which will make sure she is looked after for the rest of her life.

World Horse Welfare is asking the horse community to take two simple actions to show their support for horse welfare and help World Horse Welfare to make 2019 a record-breaking rehoming year:

  1. Spread the rehoming message by visiting worldhorsewelfare.org/rehoming and sharing the profile of at least one horse or pony across your social media network.
  2. Display one of its Rehoming Rocks window stickers in your car, lorry, caravan, at home, in your office, at your yard, local veterinary surgery or riding school.
  3. Help it encourage more people to consider rehoming a horse which has had a difficult start in life.
  4. You can get your sticker for FREE at any World Horse Welfare Rescue and Rehoming Centre. Anyone who can carry a small stock of the stickers at till points or reception desks can email RHOTY@worldhorsewelfare.org putting window stickers in the subject line.

There are currently around 80 horses available for rehoming from World Horse Welfare.

Rehomed Horse of the Year Competition 2019

As part of Rehome a Horse Month, World Horse Welfare is launching its annual Rehomed Horse of the Year Competition, which is open to its community of 1,700 rehomers who care for more than 1,800 rehomed horses from the charity.

Rehomed Horse of the Year 2019 will invite rehomers from across the UK to share images that capture a moment in their horse’s life, celebrate the special connection they have with their rehomed horse and reveal hilarious anecdotes that caused jaws to drop.

The three new 2019 categories are supported by three wonderful judges:

  1. In the picture (photography): Judge, The Horse Photographer, Matthew Seed
    Rehomers are asked to share an image that tells a story about their rehomed horse or captures a poignant moment in their life, along with a 100 word picture caption.
  2. An unbreakable bond: Judge, BBC Radio 2 DJ and charity Patron, Sara Cox
    We love hearing about the unique connections our rehomers have with their rehomed horse. This category asks them to share a story that sums about why their horse human bond is so special – whether they had an instant connection or whether their horse was the trusted friend they needed during a difficult time in their life.
  3. I wasn’t expecting THAT!: Judge, internet sensation, This Esme
    We know horses have a wonderful talent for surprising us! We are asking for hilarious anecdotes or red-faced moments that left everyone astounded.

The winner of the overall Supreme Champion will be judged by Showjumper Joe Stockdale.

The winner of the Unbreakable Bond category will be invited to receive their award at the British Breeders’ Awards Dinner in London on 11 January 2020.  World Horse Welfare’s Deputy Chief Executive Tony Tyler explained:

“We are forthright advocates of responsible breeding and so were absolutely delighted to be invited to make our Rehomed Horse of the Year competition part of this event. We strongly encourage accountability, good welfare and responsible ownership in all areas of breeding. Our Unbreakable Bond category underlines the fact that horses are not simply a commodity and they should be given a lifetime of care where their welfare is always of paramount importance.”

Rehomed Horse of the Year 2019 entries close on Thursday 31 October 2019. Full details of the competition, including terms and conditions, can be found at www.worldhorsewelfare.org/RHOTY2019

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