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Redwings Top Story
18 August 2014 by Redwings Press Office
We’re delighted to report that Redwings Noel, a grey Welsh X Arab, and his Guardian Hayley Ward recently took part in the 70th anniversary Kimpton Horse Show in Hertfordshire and were crowned Supreme Champions!
This title was the most recent in a string of successes since Noel was rehomed by Redwings Ada Cole in 2003. Noel was partnered with Hayley through the Redwings’ Guardian scheme, which sees suitable horses and ponies rehomed but remaining in the charity’s ownership and responsibility – and this duo definitely make a perfect pairing!
Noel’s show success is remarkable as his start in life was very troubled. In 1998, he was rescued by Ada Cole Memorial Stables (as it was known before merging with Redwings in 2005) as a two-year-old, along with his companion Mistletoe. Both horses were found abandoned and in very poor condition having been left to fend for themselves while their owner was in prison. When signed over into the care of the Sanctuary, it was identified that loveable Noel would be happiest as part of a nurturing and active family.
Hayley became Noel’s Guardian when he was five years old, and soon after they were jumping and competing together, with their first success at a show Ada Cole Memorial Stables then ran. And this was just the beginning of a succession of competition wins.
“He is one in a million”, said Hayley. “I can’t describe the pleasure I have loaning this cheeky little lad. We know each other inside out and have an unbreakable bond”.
Redwings in Action
08 August 2014 by Redwings Press Office
A man has been sent to prison for eight weeks and disqualified from keeping horses for ten years after pleading guilty to cruelty to two of his horses rescued by Redwings and the RSPCA.
Mandro Jones of Ensign Way, Diss, Norfolk was sentenced on Thursday 7th August at Norwich Magistrates’ Court in connection with offences under the Animal Welfare Act relating to two bay cob mares named ‘Marilyn’ and ‘Baby’, both of them pregnant. He had pleaded guilty to the offences on 16 July.
A team from Redwings including our Field Officer Julie and Welfare Vet Roxane, as well as the RSPCA and officers from Norfolk Police, were called to an address in Lower Rose Lane in Diss in February 2014 where the two horses were found in an appalling condition.
04 August 2014 by Redwings Press Office
“Black Beauty” Maya and Rock ’n’ Roll Elvis are looking forward to being your friend.
We’re delighted to announce two new additions to our Redwings Adoption Club – Maya, the beautiful black Friesian mare and Elvis, the stunning dun Welsh pony.
Maya arrived at Redwings in 2010 as part of a group of seven equines rescued from a farm in Essex. The RSPCA had been called to investigate reports of a dead horse in a field at the site and, as well as the deceased horse, found Maya and her friends Nala, Bea, Paddy, Inca, Sunshine and Oscar kept in squalid conditions.
31 July 2014 by Redwings Press Office
Tiny foal sparks excitement at Redwings.
Born on Saturday 26th July, Tucker has already brought great joy to staff at our headquarters in Norfolk.
Tucker the spotted Miniature Shetland is a titchy 43cm tall – that’s less than 17 inches – and weighs just 10kg. He was so named on behalf of a Redwings supporter who had sadly lost her husband and asked for a foal to be named in his memory.
We are delighted (and so proud!) to announce that we have won the Judges' Choice for Best use of Social Media in the UK and Ireland at the Equestrian Social Media Awards!!
Thank you to everyone who contributes photos, videos and stories of our residents which we can share through social media.
See our Winners Video on YouTube!
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