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Redwings Top Story
20th May 2013 by Redwings Press Office
Wow! We had an incredible turnout for this year's Show at Topthorn in Suffolk - thank you so much to everyone who came along to support us! It was fantastic to see such a range of classes being supported so strongly and we were thrilled to see seasoned competitors and showing novices alike all getting spruced up and stuck in!
All the competitors were at such a high standard but our Supreme Champion this year was the stunning gelding Dark Sky ridden by Charlotte Morrall. This incredible combination took the Ridden Hunter, In-Hand Hunter, Working Hunter and both the Ring One and Ring Four Championships in their first ever Show! Dark Sky is only six years old and was bred and raised by Charlotte herself - what a story. Watch this space as they are certainly destined for greatness!
Meanwhile there was an incredible showing from the much loved Redwings Pongo, better known as Redwings Master Blaster and his guardian Rosie Wilson. They basically swept the board with wins in the Ridden Coloured, Ridden Best Rescue and the In Hand Coloured before taking both the Ring Two and Ring Three Championships! Great to see you Rosie!
Despite an incredible day, however, Rosie and Pongo were pipped to the post for the overall Reserve spot by Diana Dunstan and her gorgeous donkey Avoncroft Comanche who had won the Donkey Youngstock class and the Donkey Championship. It was quite a sight to see this stunning donkey lining up next to Dark Sky, Redwings Master Blaster and Ellie Metcalfe's Herbalicious in the ring at the end and we were all delighted for Diana when she took the Reserve spot.
Redwings in Action
24 April 2013 by Redwings Press Office
A tiny foal rescued from a river in East London has arrived at Redwings HQ in Norfolk. The foal was found by a member of the public on Friday (19th April) in a stretch of the River Lea in Essex. They alerted the RSPCA who attended immediately along with three appliances and 14 firefighters and officers from the London Fire Brigade who carried out a delicate operation to rescue him from the river. They named him Steve, but he was shivering so much that he has since become known as ‘Shaking Stephen’. The fire officers wrapped him in blankets to warm him up and he was then taken to the Galley Hill Equine Surgery in Waltham Abbey where the vets treated him for hypothermia and gave him the vital colostrum (early stage milk) that he may not have received from his mother.
14 May 2013 by Redwings Press Office
Did anyone see Redwings on TV last week? We appeared on an episode of BBC Watchdog on Wednesday 8th May - but don't worry we weren't being investigated! We helped out their Rogue Traders team with an investigation into a horse trader.
The programme involved an undercover team going in and buying two horses, neither of whom turned out to be what they were advertised as. Loppy is a lovely elderly mare who was being sold as a 16 year old, while Queenie was being sold as capable of jumping and suitable for a novice rider, despite having some serious behavioural problems and major injuries to her back legs.
16 Oct 2012 by Redwings Press Office
Redwings is working alongside other welfare charities to call for government and public help in a landmark report that warns of an impending crisis in England and Wales which could leave the welfare of many thousands of horses at risk. The report, ‘On the Verge: the approaching Equine Crisis in England and Wales’, predicts that another harsh winter will leave animal charities physically unable to cope and asks what will happen to the increasing numbers of horses being abandoned or suffering from welfare concerns.
Look out for Sampson, Oliver, Rusty, Icky, Prince, Muffin, Denise, Esther and friends!
A bird's eye view of the horses in vet care stables
Stunning Major is the newest adoption at Redwings Oxhill