Sad­dle up for fundraiser to help horses

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Lisa Thomas

A FASH­ION pa­rade will be held in Dalkeith to­day to raise money for more than 50 ne­glected horses that were seized by the RSPCA in April.

The Save the Horses fash­ion pa­rade, which will show­case lo­cal de­signer Natalie Dono­van’s fash­ion la­bel, Wild Horses, and clothes from Three Bears, hopes to raise up to $5000 to­wards the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­hom­ing of the horses.

Event or­gan­iser Felic­ity Ker­mode said she felt com­pelled to do some­thing af­ter hear­ing about the horses that had been res­cued.

“I’m a monthly donor to the RSPCA and I got an email say­ing how des­per­ate they were for funds to help these horses and af­ter hear­ing the story, I thought there must be more I can do,” she said.

“There were so many horses and such a large scale of ne­glect.”

The event will be hosted by Pip O’Con­nell from Post­cards, and will in­clude a silent auc­tion, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the RSPCA.

RSPCA WA cor­po­rate re­la­tions co-or­di­na­tor Deida Ni­cholls said the res­cue oper­a­tion was one of the largest ever seen by the RSPCA in the State, with a num­ber of horses found dead and many too weak to stand.

She said the horses were found with­out any feed, wa­ter or shade.

“So far, this res­cue has cost up­wards of $50,000 and will con­tinue climb­ing,” she said. To adopt one of the res­cued horses or to donate to the cause, visit www.rsp­

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d455647

Alex Stroud atop Wally the Welsh moun­tain pony from the Clare­mont Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing Cen­tre.

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