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10th - 12th Nov 2023
NAEC Stoneleigh Park

Rescue Village

We are proud to welcome back and support these great charities who are working so hard to care for and support so many animals. Please make sure you visit to see their cheeky faces, grab a cuddle, learn more about them and donate if you can.  

Please be aware the we close the Rescue Village between 1-1.30pm each day so they can have a little rest.  


Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings is the UK’s largest horse sanctuary, responsible for over 2,000 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, and funded solely by donations from kind supporters.

They strive to provide and promote the care and protection of all horses and donkeys by offering a place of safety to those in need, rehoming those with the potential for a fulfilling life outside the Sanctuary, and educating owners and future generations about the value of horse welfare.

Rehome a rescued horse


Clementina has undergone her handling training at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, and we hope that she will soon be available to rehome as an unbacked project. This means that she will be looking for a home with an experienced Guardian, who is prepared to take on her training to be a ridden pony.


Luella has undergone her handling training at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, and we hope that she will soon be available to rehome as an unbacked project. This means that she will be looking for a home with an experienced Guardian, who is prepared to take on her training to be a ridden pony.


Pearl will soon be looking for a new home on the Redwings Guardianship Scheme. She was rehomed as a youngster, but through no fault of her own has returned to Redwings. She is now looking for her forever home as an unbacked project, suitable for a knowledgeable Guardian with previous experienceof backing ponies to be ridden. 

Pearl has a very sweet nature, and with further training we hope she could make a lovely children’s pony in the future. She is happy to live out or come in the stable overnight and gets on well with mares and geldings.


World Horse Welfare 

World Horse Welfare believes in improving equine welfare by strengthening the horse-human relationship using care, research, education and influence.  We help horses in need, sport and leisure horses and horses used in work and production.

In Britain, we rescue around 300 horses each year and bring them back to health before we find them new homes.  World Horse Welfare runs the largest equine rehoming scheme in the UK, rehoming more than 300 horses each year. If you choose to rehome you'll receive an honest assessment of the horse and their capabilities, ongoing support and the reassurance that if your circumstances change you can return him/her - plus the reward of knowing you're creating space for another horse to come into our care.

Find out more here


Trojan is a 13HH Skewbald Cob who is 5 years old. He has been with World Horse Welfare for 1 year 2months  after his owner became ill and could no longer care for him.


Barry is a 12.1HH Cob who is 2 years old. Barry came into World Horse Welfare after he was beaten, driven to exhaustion and eventually crashed into a wall at Appleby Horse Fair. He has been with World Horse Welfare for 5 months now.

Donkey Breed Society

UK Charity registered in 1967

The Society is not a Sanctuary and does not own any donkeys. It is made up of donkey lovers who may or may not own donkeys.

The aim of the Society is to promote donkey welfare through education.  We help people to understand the physical and mental welfare needs of donkeys, ideally prior to getting donkeys but also during their time of donkey owning of guardianship.

Donkeys have very different needs when compared to ponies and many people are unaware of these. We also believe that a happy donkey is an active donkey. They are extremely intelligent and thrive when mentally stimulated. We encourage people to ‘do things’ such as agility, going for walks, carrying packs, being ridden, long-reining, working or being driven.

Find out more here


Frosty 11hh, 28 year old Skewbald Gelding

Owned by Clare Humphries

Frosty was also bought from Devizes as a 2 year old and has been with Clare for 27 years.

Frosty is here with his baby brother Dandy (Frosty is the oldest by smallest). Both donkeys are great ambassadors for the breed and demonstrates how good they can look if all welfare needs are met and also what they can be trained to do if someone ‘thinks donkey’ instead of expecting them to behave like ponies. 

So many donkeys are just left in fields yet they can do very well at agility, carrying packs, being ridden or driven.


Mandarin 10.2hh, 23 year old Chestnut Stallion

Owned by Carole Travell

He was bought from a dealer as a 4 year old and is chunky and very cuddly. Stallions are potentially dangerous and should not be kept as a pet, however, Mandarin has a very experienced owner and an exceptional temperament.

He drives as well as taking part in Nativity and Palm Sunday services. He was very nervous when Carole first hand him and believed he should race everytime he was put in harness. It has taken several years to make him relax and enjoy more leisurely driving. 


Dandy 12hh, 19 year old Skewbald Gelding

Owned by Clare Humphries

Dandy was bought as a 2 year old from near Devizes in Wiltshire, he has been with Clare for 17 years. He is here with his ‘big brother’ Frosty. They are both big strong skewbald geldings with Frosty being the older (28) and Dandy the bigger. Both are good examples of donkeys that do a wide variety of things, agility, long-reining, ridden and driven.

Trinitas Tintinnabula (Tin Tin)

Tin Tin 11hh, 28 year old Grey Stallion

Owned by Carole Travell

Tin has a long pedigree going back to the 60’s – yes Donkey’s do have pedigrees!

He was homebred and was Carole’s, 1st baby! 

Stallions can be unpredictable and potentially dangerous, however, his owner is very experienced and Tin is a great ambassador. He is almost unflappable and is trained to be a wide variety of jobs so is used to demonstrate just how flexible a well-trained and well cared for donkey can be.

Tin is ridden, long-reined, driven, pulls harrows & lawnmowers, carries packs, does agility, Palm Sunday and Nativity services.