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Amersham rescue pony off to Pony Club Champs

August 10, 2010

A severely neglected pony saved during the biggest equine rescue operation in British history is off to the pony club champs.


Tabitha during the rescue operation at Spindles Farm in 2008. © RSPCA


Tabitha is a favourite at The Blue Cross, though many riders are a little too tall for her.

Tabitha was one of 97 horses and ponies rescued by the RSPCA from Spindles Farm in 2008.

The 12.2-hand pony was thin, wormy, dehydrated and hungry. She was found standing up to her fetlocks in faeces. Around her were many recently deceased companions. She was lucky to survive.

Now, an a dramatic change of fortune, Tabitha will head to The Pony Club Championships in Britain next week to take part in a charity challenge.

Tabitha, who is now being cared for by The Blue Cross, will join a team of ponies representing the charity in a mounted games competition against the Pony Club.

Little Tabitha and fellow Amersham rescue pony Fudge have recently been transferred from the RSPCA to The Blue Cross equine welfare centre at Burford, Oxfordshire, where they are undergoing training in preparation for being rehomed on the charity's long-term loan scheme.

Tabitha has blossomed into a beautiful riding pony and is a firm favourite with centre staff, especially those small enough to ride her.

"It's amazing to think how far Tabitha's come since that awful day when she was rescued from Spindles Farm," said Vicki Alford, Blue Cross equine manager at Burford.

"She's now happy and healthy, with perfect manners and an endearing cheeky streak. Going to The Pony Club Championships will be a great experience for her and we hope that soon after she'll be ready to find a loving new home."

Tabitha will join three other rescue ponies from The Blue Cross in a brand new charity challenge at the championships on August 17, competing against the creme de la creme of mounted games talent in a series of games.

 

 

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