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19 May 2015 by Redwings Press Office

A ‘superstar’ performance at the 2015 Redwings Show!

We’d like to say a huge “Thank You!” to everyone who came along and took part in this year’s show. It was a truly amazing day!

On Sunday 17th May, we welcomed over 125 competitors for a wonderful day out at Topthorn Equestrian Centre in Suffolk. From experienced to novice horses and riders, participants competed in more than 50 classes including TARRA, DBS affiliated and the highly anticipated heavy horse classes – a first for the Redwings Show!

The 2015 Supreme Championship went to Amelia Short and her impressive nine-year-old hunter Cairnside Houdini. “He’s a superstar!” commented Amelia, “I’m so happy” – and amazingly the pair have only been partnered for four months. As well as being Working Hunter Champions, they also took the Open Working Hunter over 15hh class under judge Fiona Hirst.

Hallie Booty with her Highland Macallumdene were Reserve Champions overall; they took the Mountain and Moorland Large Breeds class and were Ring One champions as judged by Adam Pike. Ring One reserve champions Anna Chaplin and Primitive Poirot also had a great show this year having placed first in all four of their classes – Riding Horses and Coloured/Palomino/Spots in Ring One, and Coloured Working Hunter Horse/Pony and Working Show Horse in Ring Five.

The Best Condition Championship went to Leanne Shadbolt and her beautiful nineteen-year-old mare Knavesgreen Honey Pippin. The pair had a fantastic show having placed first in the Veteran Ridden class, the Ridden Part Breeds class and Veteran In-Hand class.

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Redwings in Action

14 May 2015 by Redwings Press Office

Speak out on strangles: Fifth update

Quarantine lifted at Redwings Hapton

We’re delighted to announce that quarantine has now been lifted at our Hapton HQ in Norfolk. This means all the horses on site have been given the all-clear, we can resume horse movements and our rehoming team are now able to resume rehoming operations from the centre. Thank you for your patience everyone.

Quarantine now only remains in operation on one site, our Piggots centre in Norfolk, where we are still treating a number of cases and testing is ongoing.

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13 April 2015 by Redwings Press Office

‘Poldark ponies’ of Bodmin Moor are safe at last

We extend our praise to local vets, farmers and the Bodmin Moor Shadow Commons Council for their amazing team effort following an operation to rescue a group of ponies over the weekend. Redwings offered financial support to the operation, which has resulted in the safe rescue of three ponies from the Moor including a tiny foal. They have since been named after characters from the series Poldark.

A stallion and a mare and foal were rescued over the weekend from the very spot where parts of the hit BBC television series Poldark was filmed. They had been running loose on Bodmin Moor and all were starving and in urgent need of veterinary intervention, feed and proper care. No owner has come forward for any of them.

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14 May 2015 by Redwings Press Office

We go donkey mad for half-term!

It's nearly half-term and we have all kinds of donkey-related activities going on during the week at our quality assured visitor centres in Norfolk, Essex and Warwickshire, find out more here.

Entry to all our centres is free of charge and our rescued horses, ponies and donkeys just can't wait to meet you!

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