Redwings Horse Sanctuary

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Redwings is the UK's largest horse sanctuary, caring for over 1,300 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules every day. Our work is funded solely by donations and with your help we can give these animals the best possible care so they can eventually be rehomed or enjoy a home for life at the Sanctuary.

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14 April 2014 by Redwings Press Office

Cathedral tribute for Redwings

We are delighted to announce that we will be be celebrating our 30th anniversary with a very special service at Norwich Cathedral on Saturday 10th May.

Redwings was formed in Norfolk in 1984. We have grown to become a national operation and the largest horse sanctuary in the UK, but we still have our headquarters and two of our visitor centres based in Norfolk, including a brand new centre that opened in Aylsham in 2012. We wanted to celebrate this special Norfolk connection and so we will be holding a Thanksgiving Service on 10th May at 2pm at Norwich Cathedral, followed by afternoon tea in the cathedral’s stunning refectory.

Content will include hymns and readings that celebrate animals and in particular horses and ponies – including the thousands who have been rescued and rehabilitated during Redwings’ history – and a tribute to horses and other equines who were involved in the Great War to mark 100 years since the start of that tragic conflict. There will even be an appearance from some of our resident donkeys, including Esther, a very special adoption star who was rescued as part of a high profile case in 2008 and now resides at our Caldecott Visitor Centre near Great Yarmouth.

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Redwings in Action

7 April by Redwings Press Office

Ban for Norfolk women after repeated cruelty

A mother and daughter have been banned for 15 years from keeping all animals after being found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to three horses taken in by Redwings.

Sally-Anne Rix and Louise Carla Rix, both of Furze Lane, Felthorpe, Norfolk, were also each given eight weeks' suspended prison sentence, 80 hours community service and made to pay £180 costs at Norwich Magistrates Court on Friday (4 April). They were each previously found guilty (on 13 February) of 13 different offences under the Animal Welfare Act – all relating to neglect of horse welfare and a breach of a ban on keeping animals.

The RSPCA and Redwings visited two sites in North Walsham, Norfolk last year and found a number of horses in serious state of neglect.

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9 April 2014 by Redwings Press Office

Fond farewell to adoption star

We are very sad to announce that adoption star Rhadlon the Welsh pony from Redwings Ada Cole in Essex has passed away at the aged of 24.

Early on Sunday 16th March Rhadlon went down with an attack of colic (horsey stomach ache) and was taken to the local vet practice. It was clear he was in a lot of pain and his heart rate was very elevated. He was put on a drip and given pain relief but he showed no improvement and his only option would have been surgery. At his age the likelihood of success was minimal and it would have been carried out at huge risk to his health and wellbeing.

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26 February 2014 by Redwings Press Office

Redwings Show 2014: Diary date!

The Redwings Show this year is set to be held on Sunday 18th May at Topthorn Equestrian Centre in Suffolk. Despite a hugely successful show last year, this year’s looks to be even bigger and better still, with fantastic prizes to be won.

Last year’s show had record number of entrants with horseboxes queuing to get in and ponies of all shapes and sizes packing out the classes. This year’s show will include; extended parking facilities and a large grass arena for the working hunters as well as brand new qualifiers. For the first time the show will host Equifest qualifiers, as well as the usual TARRA and Donkey Breed Society affiliated classes, classes for veterans, as well as novice and fun classes for those who just want a fun day out with their horse, pony or donkey.

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Award Winners!

Equestrian Social Media Awards 2014 Winner

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.

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