Monday, 31 December 2012

Goodbye 2012

It's the last day of the year - and what a year it has been; dominated by the twin spectres of recession and weather.

As the country has tightened its belt, donations to the Trust have taken a tumble. Apart from our August open day, which was dry but bitterly cold, fund-raising events at the Centre have been hit by the seemingly never-ending rain and visitor numbers have suffered as a result.

So, with the Centre operating on a shoe-string, we were worried we would be unable to take all this year's unwanted foals. But, ironically, it was the the weather that came to our rescue.

With sodden fields, stranded livestock and water-logged crops, farmers had more immediate worries than rounding up ponies so many of the gatherings did not take place and foals were left to run with their herds on the moor for another year. Which meant that we have been able to accept all the foals from those herds that have been gathered.

Foal sponsorship day was another victim of the rains. Diana, along with the delicious lunch she had prepared for us, was cut off by floods and unable to get to us so Linzi was despatched to the local Co-op for emergency rations of soup and quiche. However, most of the sponsors did arrive safely and the day was a success despite the weather and the somewhat ad hoc catering arrangements.

For Linzi, the year ended in adventurous fashion. While checking on some of our fostered ponies at Challacombe, she became stranded by the floods and had to be rescued by the fire service!

On that note, on behalf of everyone here at the Pony Centre, I wish all our readers and supporters a very happy (and hopefully dryer!) New Year.


  1. These are hard times for charities aren't they. I hadn't even considered the impact of the weather on fund raising events and it's been particularly bad for you this year.
    I hope 2013 is a better year for the ponies x

    1. Hi Teresa. Lovely to see you here. Our local forecast is for some dry weather for a while so maybe we'll all get a chance to dry out. Fingers crossed!

  2. Oh Gail!! What an end to the year! The weather has been just beyond crazy and I am so sorry the Trust is suffering. I do hope and pray that this new year will allow everyone to start afresh! I wish you all a peaceful and calm 2013!! You are all wonderful amazing shiny stars and these gorgeous ponies are so lucky to have such dedicated souls to look out for them! Take care

    1. Aah, thanks Kitty. The ponies give us so much in return, it makes it all worth while.

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