Country Smallholding - - A Smallholder’s World -

DAISY Sadler, 73, and her Bel­gian draft horses Olive and Arthur are now safely home af­ter com­plet­ing an epic 1,000-mile jour­ney from Ban­bury in Ox­ford­shire to Falkirk in Scot­land and back in aid of The Brain Tu­mour Char­ity.

In­spired by the tragic story of Imo­gen Whitby, a two-year- old who died of a brain tu­mour in Jan­uary 2017, Daisy orig­i­nally hoped to raise £5,000, but her to­tal now ex­ceeds £20,000.

Daisy, along with horses Olive and Arthur and dog Tad, left Ban­bury in April. Olive, 13, and half-brother Arthur, 11, weigh nearly two tonnes be­tween them and have lived with Daisy since they were im­ported from Ger­many in 2013.

The Bel­gium draft horse, also known as a Bra­bant, is one of the strong­est of the heavy horse breeds and is able to pull tremen­dous weights.

Daisy said: “While the jour­ney it­self wasn’t with­out its fair share of chal­lenges, I am so proud of Olive and Arthur.” You can do­nate to the Imo­gen Whitby Fund via www.just­giv­­ing/syd­splods­goes­north.

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