It’s never a dull moment at Save a Horse Australia, that’s for sure. Of course the big news in April was the flood, and no sooner had it dried up than the Easter break was on us, followed by ANZAC Day, and last weekend’s long weekend (at least for Queenslanders!).
Most of you will know that we’ve had various horse stories unfold – beautiful Gabby, who was adopted by Annette and Georgia, had to have surgery on a sesamoid bone and is recovering very well at EEVS. Danina, who lost her two mini-ponies in the flood, has finally got her TB Archie – who was injured in the flood – back from the vets, and new flesh is growing over his wound which was right to the bone. (Excuse the somewhat graphic image, but in a few weeks we will run a photo-essay of the spectacular mending that is taking place at the moment.)
As for us, well, we are not supposed to be taking new horses at the moment but when Helen Hayes, our Manager, was alerted to the plight of little Charming, a 9hh Shetland, with the sweetest nature, and hooves so long he could hardly walk, we couldn’t resist. We tried to tell Amanda Arnell-Smith, our Admin Officer, that he is VERY small, and wouldn’t take up much space – in fact, we thought that she might not notice him at all, but unfortunately she is absolutely insisting on counting him in the numbers! I asked if perhaps he and Milo could make a whole horse, but no, I was told sternly, Charming is apparently one horse, however small.
So in terms of numbers at the moment, we adopted out two in April, Zephyr and Puzzle, and we currently have 115 horses in care. We do have more adoptions pending, and we are currently very happy with how all the SAHA horses are travelling.
We are also thrilled to bring you the news that we have two exciting raffles in the works. First up is our fantastic prize package from Horseland Underwood consisting of:
A beautiful Wintec saddle of your choice in the Wintec range with a value of up to $2,000 – including a WINTEC ISABELL SADDLE WITH ADJUSTABLE BAR & CAIR Iii or a WINTEC STOCK, DRESSAGE or ALL PURPOSE. Any colour, any size. Amazing choice!
From the new ‘Roma’ range:
Roma saddle pad, float boots, head collar and lead rope.
Your choice of colour and size.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Vanessa, Manager of Horseland Underwood for such a generous prize. The raffle will be drawn by live video on the SAHA page at Horseland Underwood on Sunday the 4th June at 2pm. Only $5.00 a ticket, with 2570 tickets available. Note tickets are available for purchase by residents of Qld, NSW and ACT only. Click here for all the details and to buy tickets: https://saveahorse.org.au/event/horseland-raffle/
Watch our raffle space because quite soon we will also be launching our fabulous Olympic Royal horsefloat raffle, thanks to the amazingly generous Candice Loughhead at Olympic Trailers.
In terms of SAHA business news, our AGM was held on Wednesday, April 26. Ordinarily after our AGM, we would put a link to our audited financial statements from the previous year, but the police are still holding some of our paperwork (although the police investigation into SAHA is concluded) so our auditors will not be able to finalise the audit until the end of May. However, as required and advised by Queensland Fair Trading, we have held our AGM within the legal timeframe and dealt with the business that could be dealt with and adjourned that which couldn’t. We will revisit those matters at a second meeting in late May. Elections did go ahead, as required, and for the Committee, Rachel Daniels was reappointed, a new committee member, accountant (and horse lover) Suzanne Young was appointed Treasurer, and I was appointed President. In other business, Helen Hayes stepped down from the Committee to concentrate on her work as Operations Manager of SAHA. We will advise you all as soon as the link to last year’s audited financial statements is available.
Until next time, may The Horse be with you…
Candida Baker, President