A group of ponies rehomed by British equine charity Redwings have come up trumps at a recent county-level show.
Leading the way was Redwings Patchwork, who triumphed in the Ridden Rescue class at the Royal Norfolk Show.
Patchwork, at 13.2h, 13-year-old cob mare, was attending the show with her Guardians Yvette and Victoria. She arrived at Redwings in 2009 as one of 11 horses rescued from a site in Rickmansworth.
The horses had been abandoned and were in poor condition, with suspected heavy worm burdens.
As the group had not received even the most basic care, they were all underweight and suffering from lice. Patchwork’s blood tests also showed she had problems with both her intestines and liver.
Yvette said: “Patchwork, or Millie as she is known to us, has done us proud today. We don’t show regularly, and she spends most of the time as a happy hacker with my mum, but we love to bring her to the Norfolk Show to represent Redwings and show how great rehomed Redwings horses can be!”
The Rescue classes are judged on their rescue story and transformation, and their showing on the day.
Another who did well was Redwings Edward, who came second in the In-hand Rescue class at the Royal Norfolk Show. It was his first ever show from him, after being rehomed in June 2020 to his Guardians Claire and Ann.
The Cob gelding in the ring was a far cry from the horse who arrived at Redwings in 2013, severely underweight and with blood tests revealing he was suffering from a high worm burden that had caused damage to his intestines, and with liver damage caused by ragwort toxicity.
After the class, Claire said: “I am beyond proud of Edward. Before this, he had never really left our yard before, and now here he is competing at county show level. He behaved impeccably in the ring and I could not be happier with him!”
Joining Edward in the In-hand class were Redwings Matty who took 5th place, Redwings Stardust, 6th place, and Redwings Rocket, in 7th place.
Before their appearance in the Rescue class, Stardust and Rocket had a busy day as they were stars of the Royal Norfolk Show Rescue Village, meeting members of the public and helping promote the Redwings rehoming scheme. Rocket, a 12.3hh Cob gelding, and Stardust, a 13hh Cob mare, will soon both be available to rehome as unbacked projects – looking for experienced Guardians to continue their training to be ridden horses.
Rachel Angell, Head of Norfolk Equine Operations, who heads up the charity’s rehoming scheme said: “What fabulous results for team Redwings at the Norfolk Show. To see our rescued horses doing so well, and their Guardians supporting Redwings by showing them at such a prestigious event, is wonderful! It is such a great opportunity to show what our ponies can do in their new homes and will hopefully inspire others to rehome a horse from Redwings.”
There are currently 500 horses living out in homes through the Redwings Guardianship scheme. Horses are rehomed on a long-term loan, with Redwings retaining ownership in case of any changes in their Guardian’s circumstances.