A horse found emaciated and almost too weak to stand has beaten the odds to be awarded Supreme Champion in World Horse Welfare’s Rehomed Horse of the Year 2016.
Pinto horse Cappuccino was found with more than 100 other horses near Exeter in 2010 by World Horse Welfare Field Officer Jeff Herrington, who has been called to a welfare concern. The horses found at the site were struggling to survive on very little food and water.
All were examined by a vet and because of his very weak state, three-year-old Cappuccino was immediately removed to the safety of World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre.
Cappuccino’s fighting spirit and the dedication of World Horse Welfare’s experienced team helped him to make a full recovery and he was soon ready to begin work. Peebles-resident, Susan Ridley wanted to rehome a horse and originally made the long journey from Tweeddale to Glenda Spooner Farm with her daughters, Ruby, Amy and Ruth to see another pony, Windscott Wendy. Cappuccino was ready for rehoming and the family instantly fell in love with him so once all the home checks had been completed, Cappuccino and Wendy set off for their new life in the Scottish Borders.
“Cappy (Cappuccino) was quite early in his education when we took him on but he has progressed amazingly well since we got him and only ever seeks to do his best for us,” Susan said.
“At the same time as learning himself, he has taught both of my children Ruth aged 13 years and Ruby aged 9 years to ride. He loves the attention they give him and has always been absolutely faultless with both of them, never putting a foot wrong and taking care of them. Ruth has grown in confidence to ride him unaided and has even begun jumping him now whilst Ruby, who looks like a pea on a mountain on him, rides unaided with me walking alongside.
“Although the last year has been traumatic for us all, Cappy has helped me rediscover my love of riding and given us all so much joy that it is hard to imagine life without him. He is such a character and we love watching him play with his field mate, Wendy. He is a real treasure.”
Ruby Ridley, aged 9 years old, also wrote part of Cappuccino’s award entry. She said: “Cappuccino is a fun and loving horse. After his horrific past, he is still a strong and incredibly gifted horse in every way. Cappuccino always behaves himself when I am riding and is a true gentleman. He loves cantering and bucking in the field when he is very happy and loves to play tug of war with Wendy using tree branches. We have a very bright future for Cappy and we’re so lucky to have him.”
Rehomed Horse of the Year is an annual competition which invites World Horse Welfare’s 1700 rehomers to enter their rehomed horses and ponies into one of three categories. It recognises not only the achievements of the horses and their rehomers but also showcases just how rewarding rehoming can be.
Rehome a Horse Month 2016, supported by Dodson & Horrell, highlights the horses and ponies who are looking for homes but also celebrates the amazing stories of the 1700 World Horse Welfare horses and ponies currently out in homes around the country from those competing at eventing, dressage, vaulting and showjumping to pleasure driving, hacking, side-saddle and those who provide faithful friendship to their rehomers and equine companions.
World Horse Welfare marked another record-breaking year for rehoming in 2015, with 320 horses and ponies finding loving new homes across the country.