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Registered Charity No. 275428

Founder Member of the National Equine Welfare Council


SUNDAY 8 th August 2021

TO BE HELD AT: Lodge Farm, Beccles Road, Raveningham, NR34 0HB



Enquiries: Woodstock Farm – Tel. 01502 679191

Or: Mrs. J. Crook (Chairman) Tel. 07793582360

Or: Email

No enquiries to Lodge Farm direct please

Paramedic will be in attendance (£3.00 per competitor)


Entries close Friday 6 th August 2021

All Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.

In keeping with Covid Safety Requirements, all classes must be pre-booked and paid for by Friday 6 th August. Those with pre-booked entries will be allowed to enter extra classes on the day if classes are not full, at an additional fee of £2.00. See entry form for payment details.

Location: Take the A143 from Gillingham (McDonalds) Roundabout. Take the 1st turning on the left to Raveningham and follow the road for 1 mile. Show ground entrance on the left.

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To download the Schedule and Entry Form please click here: Download Button


Photographs from the Charity Trail ride, Sotterley Estate 31st July are now available from Kerry Tarrant photography:

2021 Calendar

2021 Calendar.

To celebrate 20 years since the official opening of our HQ here at Woodstock Farm, we ran a photo competition for our loanees, staff, friends and supporters, we were inundated with photos of our horses from their time at Woodstock farm and out in loan homes. This lovely A4 size hanging calendar features twelve of these photos chosen by our committee, we hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we did! Price of this limited-edition calendar including postage and packing:

  • 1 calendar £5.99
  • 2 calendars £11.50

Please enquire for price of more than two.

To download an order form please click here: Download Button

Christmas Cracker Challenge

Due to us being unable to hold any fundraising events this winter due to Covid restrictions, we decided to hold a ‘socially distanced’ sponsored ride- the idea was for the rider (or walker) to dress up and get sponsored to ride or walk any distance (that was a challenge to them) – what a great way to do something chrismassy (when so many things had to be cancelled)! We only had a small number of people take part, but between them they raised a whopping £800!!!! Wow- we would like to thank all involved and hope you all had a great time! Here are some photos of the amazing costumes!”

Christmas Cracker Challenge.
Christmas Cracker Challenge.
Christmas Cracker Challenge.
Christmas Cracker Challenge.
Christmas Cracker Challenge.
Christmas Cracker Challenge.
Christmas Cracker Challenge.
Christmas Cracker Challenge.
Christmas Cracker Challenge.

Chocolates for Rescue Ponies

The family who loan our fab pony ‘Diva’ have set up a great fundraising idea for us! The venture is called ‘Chocolates for Rescue Ponies’ please do visit their facebook shop or drop them an email and make your order! These children are doing something really positive in these difficult times and supporting a good cause too! their advice is “Stay Home and Eat Chocolate!” we like the sound of that!

Chocolates 4 rescue ponies | Facebook

Or contact us by email at:

Chocolates for Rescue Ponies.
Chocolates for Rescue Ponies.
Chocolates for Rescue Ponies.
Chocolates for Rescue Ponies.

Early morning at the farm

The Horse Rescue Fund gets awarded a grant for the new roof!

It has been a tough winter for the Horse Rescue Fund after flooding to the stables and wind damage to the roof. During the repairs to patch the damaged roof the Trustees were told that unless action was taken soon to completely replace the ageing roofing material that has far outlived its life expectancy, they would risk damage to the fabric of the buildings. This could possibly result in a need to completely replace the stabling that is so intrinsic to the work that is carried out to rescue ill-treated, neglected and unwanted horses and ponies.

Re-roofing looked like a pipe dream due to funds dwindling for some years and with falling membership numbers and a lack of volunteers able to give their time to help fundraise for the charity. However we are in the midst of a welfare crisis in the UK and our dedicated yet small team of staff and trustees are determined to continue our work. In March a decision was made to apply to the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust for a grant to enable us to re-roof and carry on with our work. We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the grant and we will be able to re-roof the stables before the winter weather sets in.

Applying for this grant has been one of the most prudent decisions the Trustees of HRF have made in many years. When the application was sent off, who could have imagined the position we would all be in when it was granted just a few weeks later. COVID-19 lockdown has put a stop to all our planned fundraising events for the foreseeable future. No shows, no supermarket collections, no events; all in the year when, to help fill the deficit in funds we have been experiencing, we had many extra events planned to celebrate our twentieth anniversary of moving into our current headquarters at Woodstock Farm. It was a relief to know that, thanks to the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust, re-roofing was one thing off the long list of costs for which we will have to find new ways of fundraising.

We are predicting that, with the economic climate in turmoil, we will experience a surge in cases of horses and ponies needing our help. We work alongside several other larger organisations and we are all collected under the National Equine Welfare Council umbrella. To adhere to this affiliation, we have to comply with certain practices and protocol to ensure best practice is always maintained and we have high standards of care of our horses. This is costly to us and as a small organisation we are often overlooked for funding. However, we are very proud of our standards and we pride ourselves in knowing that every horse we rescue and rehabilitate will be rehomed into the best possible environment and live the best life. This is something that here at the Horse Rescue Fund we are determined never to compromise on.

If you would like to know more about HRF and the work that we do why not support us by joining as a member and receive our twice-yearly newsletter with news and information about the yard and charity.

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You can contact us by telephone, 01502 679191 or by email at


We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of you who donated to our winter appeal this year. After a terrible winter of flooding and problems with Trooper’s lameness we were astounded by your generosity. In all you raised nearly £3000 for us! This money has already gone towards our winter hay, bedding and feed bills, keeping the HRF residents new and old happy healthy and well enough to be rehomed!

We also had an amazing response to our plea for help with Trooper’s vet bills. As some of you may be aware Trooper is our unusual five footed horse. He has recently been struggling with soundness issues as a result of his unusual condition. We were at the point that we needed to be able to pay for extensive investigations and invasive treatments or we would have to put this lovely boy out of his misery. Due to Troopers on going veterinary requirements we had made the decision to not rehome him but to keep him at Woodstock farm to lead a happy life under our care and to monitor his quality of life carefully. Until recently Trooper was living a happy and mostly sound life with careful trimming from our farrier and anti -inflammatory medication when required.

When Troopers condition began to deteriorate we felt that it was time for further investigations. Along with our vets we felt that x-rays were necessary to identify problem areas within the leg. Trooper had x-rays when he first came to us to see if the extra digit could be removed, however it was felt that there were too many complicated attachments to the main leg structure for safe removal. This second set of x-rays would determine any bony changes that may have gone on over time and hopefully lead us to the cause of Troopers recent lameness and hopefully a solution to alleviate it.

Thankfully our ‘Trooper plea’ was met with such generosity that the vets fees were paid and Trooper has now had his investigations, he now wears special shoes with gel insoles and has had his knee joint injected with steroid. These measures have meant that Trooper has now been taken off his anti-inflammatory medication, a chance for his system to take a break. Although all this treatment will mean on-going costs we feel that, for now at least, Trooper is enjoying life and we will endeavour to raise the funds needed for his special care.

Trooper with a friend

Trooper is enjoying making new friends and feeling comfortable again.

Volunteer Appeal!

Calling all volunteers, we need you!

We are looking for enthusiastic people who would like to volunteer for us! We are not just looking for hands on horse people. We also need people who would like to do some fundraising, hand out leaflets, have a stall at a local event, contribute to the organisation of our show, paint or repair our showjumps, the list goes on! Please contact us for more information!

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New Microchipping Guidelines

Please note all horse owners: As you may be aware the microchipping law has changed

The Equine Identification (England) Regulations 2018 requires all horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids in England to be microchipped by 1st October 2020.

Horses that are not currently microchipped will now need to be microchipped before this date to comply with the law.

It is also good practice to contact the organisation which issued your horse's passport to ensure all details are fully up to date.

Find out more: Making Additional Changes to a BHS Passport

For those of you with Horse Rescue Fund horses please contact the office for our policy and more information.

Gift Aid

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Gift Aid is a fantastic help to charities like Horse Rescue Fund. If you pay UK tax, we can reclaim 25p of Gift Aid for every pound you give at no extra cost to you! So next time you pay your membership or kindly donate to us don't forget to tick that Gift Aid box!!

Volunteers Needed!

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If you were thinking of a way to help the Horse rescue Fund and you are able to give up a small amount of time each month to a good cause, if you care about our horses but are not able to volunteer physically on the yard or cannot afford to donate but would like a chance to make a difference why not come and chat to us about becoming a trustee of the Horse Rescue Fund?

We are also looking for some fundraising volunteers. Do you have a background in fundraising or just perhaps lots of enthusiasm and some good ideas? We have lots of events in the pipe line, but we need volunteers to help make things happen! Fundraising is critical to running the charity so even just a few hours of your time would be really appreciated and could make a big difference!

Open Charity Horse Show


This was a great success! Many thanks to all those who helped out and took part and made it such a great day as well as raising much needed funds. The weather was perfect, the sun shone but it was not too hot to be wearing a show jacket! There were some lovely horses competing, many familiar faces who it was great to see, thank you all for your continued support! as well as many new faces, we hope you all enjoyed the day, we certainly did! Congratulations to all those who took home one of our lovely rosettes or trophies! And thank you to all the judges, volunteers, competitors and sponsors who made it all possible!

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Amazon Wish List


We have an Amazon wish list! Please visit and click on 'your lists', type in Horse Rescue Fund into the search box and our list will come up. It's a great way to donate!

Tack for Sale

We have a large collection of donated tack for sale, including saddles, if you are in need of anything specific or are interested in a list please email the office at

Equine Car Boots

Look out for our stand at the local equine car boot sales! We will be selling lots of donated tack to raise vital funds for HRF!

Data Protection Act

The General Data Protection regulation comes into force on the 25th May 2018 and impacts on every organisation including Charities such as ourselves that hold or process personal data.

As a valued supporter we respect your personal contact details and store only the minimum amount of accurate data required to enable us to update you regularly with the work that we do.

We never share, sell or pass on any of your details to any other organisation.

If you wish to change the way that you hear from us or have any concerns then please email or write to us.