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Temporary. What does it mean?Different inspectors have different meanings
For Chailey, it was 20-years.
For Chobham, it was six-months.
For Odiham, it was five-years x twice ......... read more

The Forestry Commission
speaks with forked tongue.

Tony Barnett advises Annabel Grech to refuse to pay, ignore approaches and demands for payment, ask for evidence that gives them rights to demand, to erect signs, to give consent to cyclist, and most of all demand access to the public liability certificate, itemizing the routes for one to travel along, as I suspect, this is common land, there will not be any insurance, access is not through invitation, access is by one's own choice, hence no insurance cover.

Says Tony Barnett

Says Tony BarnettThe only impediment on common land is when there has been a new plantation of whips, then it is allowed for that area to be fenced in.

Most if not all forestry land is requisitioned common land for the producing of timber, but this does not remove lawful access or commoners rights where the land is common land, but did not become registered and remains land capable of rights of common, whether used by the commoners or not, it will not become extinguished and will remain open access, other lands not being common land, but could be open access lands, or the requisition of private land,and all rights of access that have been gained through ancestral use and on the definitive plan and statement, cannot be denied you by the commission, and certainly cannot demand a tol.

The requisition is similar to the requsition the war department may do, that requisition gives the government power to suspend all activities, but gives no power to agist, this is the same for the commission, to refuse to pay, is not unlawful, any action will be civil, there application for full disclosure to the courts as is shown in article 6, human rights act is your footpath to travel.

Refuse to pay, ignore approaches and demands for payment, ask for evidence that gives them rights to demand, to erect signs, to give consent to cyclist, and most of all demand access to the public liability certificate, itemizing the routes for one to travel along, as I suspect, this is common land, there will not be any insurance, access is not through invitation, access is by one's own choice, hence no insurance cover.

Most people that ride Alice Holt common land forestry, since contacting Horseytalk do not pay and tell the BHS member acting as the access person to go away.

I have today spoken to an officer at Wareham concerning the toll.

He has been left in no doubt that the actions of regulations are unlawful and consist of false representation (2006 fraud act), I have also informed that person and the head office that horse riders are allowed on the ancient access points and that mechanically and motor propelled vehicles are banned from common land.

There is a belief at FC, that as the land is subject to acquisition by the Crown/SOT for the purpose of producing timber, allows the commission/officers to agist, it cannot, a commoner or Lord of the Manor is not allowed to agist.

There is the rights held by horse riders to allege harassment under section 5 of the public order act, when payment/tol is demanded, there is also section 41 of the 2006 act, my advice is that no tol should be paid and challenge the impostors to take you to the civil courts.

Annabel Grech replies

"I will continue to ride through Wareham Forest and will not purchase the £50 permit as requested by the officer."

Says Annabel Grech

Says Annabel Grech

Thank you for your help in this matter. I will continue to ride through Wareham Forest and will not purchase the £50 permit as requested by the officer. If I am approached again I will show them our correspondence and hope for he best.

Tell us your experiences riding on Forestry Commission land ...........

Says Steve YandallThis sign is illegal

Equestrians are entitled to use this route - legally.
There are thousands of other illegal signs all over the country banning equestrians.

THEY MUST BE REMOVED

EQUINE INFLUENZA UPDATE

So far we are unaware of any further influenza cases in Sussex. We are hoping the disease has been contained and stopped before it can spread further, but we will keep you updated as we know more. 

Don't forget

- Isolate any horse you suspect of showing symptoms.

- Try not to have direct contact with any other horses.

- Wash your hands before you contact the suspect horse and again after contact with it.

Equestrian Centre orders riders to stop using roads because of dangers from speeding cars

The BHS and Maureen Comber

How the BHS treats somebody who has been a loyal, dedicated and hard-working member for over 50 years.

DAY 80

It is now 80 days since the BHS shamefully dismissed Maureen Comber after more than 50-years of dedicated and hard-working service.

Maureen ComberStill no regret.

Still no sympathy.

Still no apology.

What is more they have still not paid her back the outstanding money they owe her.

How long can the BHS continue to behave in this disgraceful manner?

Other hard-working BHS members and volunteers beware. This is obviously the way you are going to be treated one day.

"We're backing Maureen"

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Maureen Comber was treated by the BHS

There's bridleway here somewhere

There's bridleway here somewhere

Steve McCarronSays Steve McCarron

What is the point of the OPEN SPACES SOCIETY if it does not act to preserve open spaces ..............
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TRAINER ATTACKS NEWSPAPER FOR PUBLISHING PHOTO OF HIS STABLE STAR BEING EUTHANISED

TRAINER ATTACKS NEWSPAPER FOR PUBLISHING PHOTO OF HIS STABLE STAR BEING EUTHANISED

Trainer Michael Bell has spoken of his "distress" at the images on the front page of the Daily Mirror which show his stable star Wigmore Hall being euthanized.

The seven-year-old broke a leg at Doncaster and the newspaper obtained images of the gelding being put down.

Bell was full of praise for the treatment Wigmore Hall received on Town Moor and was upset by what he described as an "insensitive" piece.

"It's a very insensitive thing to publish," said Newmarket-based Bell.

"The first thing I picked up on was that the journalist referred to Wigmore Hall as 'it' and that sums up his lack of understanding of the situation.

"The love we have for horses, people who work with them day in and day out, no one ever calls a horse 'it'.

"Those of us who work in the industry love them the most, you only need to go into any yard to see that, they are loved and adored.

"The vets did an astounding job, they were on the scene in 30 seconds and they have to make an instant decision, sometimes it is better for them to deal with it quickly than let the horse suffer. The most important thing is the welfare of the horse.

"Everyone has a mobile phone with a camera on it these days and that appears to be where the photos have come from.

"I just don't see the plus side of printing them, it is very distressing for us. After losing one of our favourites we then have to go through this.

"From my point of view the journalist just shows his lack of understanding of horses throughout the piece."

The British Horseracing Authority defended racing's welfare record after seeing the images.

Jenny Hall, chief veterinary officer for the British Horseracing Authority, said: "The first priority in British racing is always the welfare of its competitors, both human and equine.

"The team of veterinary surgeons were at Wigmore Hall's side in moments after the injury. The vets were able to make an immediate assessment of Wigmore Hall's condition and in this case the diagnosis was made that the injury was untreatable and so the correct course of action for Wigmore Hall's welfare was for him to be humanely put down.

"The highest standards of horse welfare are demanded of all jockeys, trainers and racecourses and none of the 1,450 fixtures held annually in Britain can take place unless key equine welfare criteria have been satisfied. British racing's welfare standards far exceed existing animal welfare legislation.

"Over the last 15 years, the equine fatality rate in British Racing has fallen by one-third, from just over 0.3 per cent to just over 0.2 per cent of runners."

Dr. Peter Webbon, former chief executive of the Animal Health Trust, said: "When it comes to horse welfare, British racing has a track record to be proud of and British racing is among the world's best regulated animal activities.

"The BHA is the Government recognised body responsible for the regulation of horseracing and together with the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare, it is a leading signatory of the National Equine Welfare Protocol.

"Racehorses in Britain are among the healthiest and best looked after two per cent of horses in the country. The sport employs over 6,000 people to provide first-class care and attention for the 14,000 horses in training, providing them with a level of care and a quality of life that is virtually unsurpassed by any other domesticated animal."

Robin Mounsey, media manager for the BHA, said: "We are appalled by the Daily Mirror's decision to publish these photos, and also to contextualise the images in the manner that they have. All that the images show is a veterinary surgeon doing his job and carrying out an act of humanity to prevent an animal from suffering.

"They show the same actions as would be taken by a vet whether the incident was occurring on a racecourse or at home in a field and we do not understand where the public interest lays in publishing these images or why they should be used to open a debate about horse racing.

"We will be seeking a meeting with the editor of the Daily Mirror in regards to this issue and the use of these photos in such a manner. It is typical of Animal Aid to use images such as this to drive their own publicity and agenda, which is not the welfare of thoroughbred horses.

"Animal Aid are not a welfare organisation, nor are they a charity. They campaign for the banning of horse racing, despite the disastrous effect that this would have on the thoroughbred horse as a breed, and the rural economy."

Says Naomi Smith

Says Naomi SmithIt is all too possible to round a corner on horseback and come upon a group of cattle with no prior warning -this WILL result in a horse being badly spooked at best, bolting at worst -it is only a matter of time ........... read more

Hillsborough disaster

Crowd 'downed' police horse

Hillsborough disaster

A police horse fell to its knees because of the force of the crowd outside the Hillsborough stadium, the inquests into the 1989 tragedy heard.

Steven Thomas, the first mounted officer to give evidence, said supporters outside the Leppings Lane turnstiles were "packed like sardines".

They "swarmed" around his horse Sandhurst and his colleagues.

Ninety-six fans died following a crush during the Liverpool v Nottingham Forest FA Cup Semi-Final in Sheffield.

Mr Thomas, a retired sergeant, added: "The people were just coming around the horse.

"They were disregarding the horse - trying to get to the back in the throng of people."

He added: "If you asked them to stop pushing, they totally ignored you as though they disregarded your presence."

He estimated that police lost control outside the stadium between 14:15 and 14:30 when fans who were on a special train from Liverpool arrived in Leppings Lane.

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Mr Thomas said he cried out "emergency, emergency"' into his radio to try to raise someone in the control room.

He said he was trying to get through for five minutes, or "probably longer".

He and other mounted officers tried to form a cordon across a set of gates between Leppings Lane and the turnstiles.

"At one stage there was that much pressure from the left hand side that the horse got pushed to its right and the blue gates just sprang open.

"The horse fell down or went down on to its knees," he said.

The inquests, in Warrington, continue.

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Anne Howard

A team of World Horse Welfare rescue horses made it into the main ring at Burghley Horse Trials much to a dedicated rehomer's delight.

Anne Howard has been the rehomer of World Horse Welfare Lanesfield Lyrical (Lyric), on behalf of her 14-year-old daughter, Olivia Howard, for eight years and wanted to show others just how much potential rescue horses have.

...... read more

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Says Sally Edwards and Jo WareFrensham Common, rrey

Official. The National Trust does not own or have any other interest on the common land apart from the burial mounds .............. read more

The Animal Thanksgiving and Blessing Service back by popular demand

Actress saves 10 horses from being slaughtered after donating to equestrian centre

On Sunday 5th October, World Horse Welfare will be holding its annual Animal Thanksgiving and Blessing Service at the charity's Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Snetterton, at 1pm.

The service gives long-term – and new – supporters the chance to come along and remember their cherished pets as well as celebrating the joy that our pets, still here with us today, bring to our lives.

Last year, the charity was joined by not just human guests but also their horses and dogs and World Horse Welfare hopes to see yet more animals of all shapes and sizes this year.

During the service, candles will be lit in appreciation of the unconditional love that pets show to their owners every day. Even if you are unable to join the charity at the service you can still dedicate one or more candles which will be lit on your behalf at the service.

When you arrive at Hall Farm there'll be plenty of sign posts directing you to the central courtyard where the service will be held.

Organiser and legacy fundraiser at World Horse Welfare, Dawn Witney, says: "This is the second time we are running our Animal Welfare Service – it proved so popular last year that we decided to make it an annual event. Our expectations for this year are to see lots more people, with their furry friends, joining us in celebrating the unconditional love that our animals so willingly give to us every day. We would love to see you at the service but if you are unable to join us then please consider dedicating a candle: your donation for a dedicated candle will help support the work of World Horse Welfare to improve the lives of horses in need across the UK and overseas." To dedicate your candle, which will be lit on your behalf during the service, please visit the charity's online shop and look for 'Animal Welfare Candle' under the Essential Gifts menu. Sponsor a candle here.

For more details please call Dawn Witney on 01953 497 225 or email her at dawnwitney@worldhorsewelfare.org

"The man at the council offices in the Isle of Wight said that if they stopped adopting/resurfacing bridle paths, the council would need to close down that department" - Tony Barnett

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Says Sandra Smith

Says Sandra SmithThe speed required to ensure that a gate closes is greater than the velocity required to amputate a finger, crush a child or the head of a dog, trap a push or wheelchair, or – literally - tear a hole in the side of a horse ......... read more

Horse box carrying highly explosive gas cylinders closes motorway after tyre burst

Horse box carrying highly explosive gas cylinders closes motorway after tyre burst
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The M4 was completely closed between Junctions 12 and 13 after horse box carrying propane gas cylinders burst a tyre

Fire fighters and police rushed to the westbound carriageway where they had to wait for a second horse box escorted by police to arrive from Junction 12 to remove the horse.

The gas cylinders, held underneath the horse box, were believed to contain the highly explosive propane gas and could not be dealt with until the horse had been taken away.

The motorway was completely shut with traffic tailing back in both directions for miles.

Just one horse was involved in the incident and no-one was injured.

Thames Valley Roads Policing tweeted later to motorists they were "sorry to anyone who was stuck in the jam".

Horse box carrying highly explosive gas cylinders closes motorway after tyre burst
Picture: Katie Lamb

Crew manager Jon Murby of Dee Road Fire Station said once the horse was safe the firefighters used an air bag to raise the horse box to remove the gas cylinders.

Says Steve YandallSays Steve Yandall

Grazing is always used as an excuse for fencing And fencing creates problems for riders read more

Mare and foal hit by lorry on motorway

Mare and foal hit by lorry on motorway

Drivers came to a standstill after two horses were hit by a lorry in Essex.

Essex Police and Highways Agency were called to the M25 motorway near junction 31 about two horses on the edge of the carriageway.

Minutes later a HGV collided with the horses, which smashed the windscreen of the lorry.

A vet was called out to the scene to tend to one of the horses that was badly injured and they were later removed in a horse box.

Says Adrienne Yentis

Says Adrienne YentisA friend of mine recently was riding on the heath
and she came across a group of cattle strung out across the bridlepath with no way through – the only way off was to turn round. Fortunately her horse
remained calm throughout. But you can imagine how a nervous horse might react ........... read more

How to keep warm on an early morning hack

How to keep warm on an early morning hack

Says Linda Wright

Says Linda WrightWe moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more

Over 500 horses saved from starvation

Over 500 horses saved from starvation

Global equine welfare charity the Brooke has successfully helped to save hundreds of horses from starvation, following a two stage emergency feeding programme in Nicaragua.

The feeding was prompted by a severe drought that saw food stocks plummet and prices increase.

In June 2014 the Brooke took evasive action to stop horses in Managua, Masaya and Rivas from starving by distributing 7,500 bales of pressed hay to owners of 421 horses. A horse is the sole income source for many poor families in deprived urban parts of Nicaragua, on average supporting six family members. If a horse is sick or dies, the impact can be devastating.

The aim was to stop these animals losing weight and, at the start of the programme, many horses were desperately thin. The feeding was completed at the end of August with 65% of the horses having either maintained or increased their body condition. Brooke teams also reached more than originally intended, feeding almost 500 horses.

Over 500 horses saved from starvation

Trinidad Garcia from La Ceibita, Masaya, uses her horse to plough the field, transport vegetable harvests, and carry water from a well to her house. She said:

"Chinga is an important part of our family, and I was so scared of losing her. She helps us with everything and I don't know how we could survive without her. Thanks to the Brooke, I feel happier about my family's future."

The Brooke has been working In Nicaraguan communities since 2013, training equine owners, and improving the quality of animal welfare. Dr Maria Elena Solorzano, a Brooke vet working in Nicaragua, said:

"It's been a real struggle for people coping with the drought. More and more owners started coming to us saying that they couldn't feed them without help, so we decided to take action.

Over 500 horses saved from starvation

"It hasn't been easy, but we're so glad that this feeding has made a difference. We're looking forward to working with the communities here to come up with long term solutions, and stop this from happening again."

The Brooke works in 11 countries and this year celebrates 80 years helping to improve the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules.

Says Maureen ComberI have been given an ASBO by the Hampshire County Council for standing up for riders rights.

How many other people have been silenced by Hampshire County Council? ........... read more

The King's Troop heads for the beaches

The King's Troop heads for the beaches

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery has left the noise and confines of London for equestrian and military training in the rural West Country. It's the first time they have visited the area with its scenic beaches and combes (wooded valleys) for three years. 32 horses from Left Section, The King's Troop, will be staying in the area. The horses have been exercising on Woolacombe Beach; an amazing spectacle far removed from the units day to day activities in the capital. The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery is Her Majesty The Queen's ceremonial Saluting Battery. Stationed in King George VI Lines, Woolwich Barracks in London, it is a mounted unit and all of its soldiers are superb equestrians who are trained to drive teams of six horses that pull the six First World War 'thirteen pounder' state saluting guns.

The King's Troop heads for the beaches

The visit is a vital military and equestrian training exercise which is impossible to deliver in the confines of a London-based barracks. Beach work may look like fun but it is an essential part of the never-ending work to build trust and confidence between horse and rider. Not all horses have the confidence to go into the churning surf, especially when the ground beneath their hooves shifts and sinks. But by trusting their rider and overcoming their fears, the bond between the two is made stronger; essential for dealing with the unpredictable during high-profile ceremonial duties back in London.

The King's Troop heads for the beaches

"This camp is an excellent opportunity for both the horses and soldiers to take a well-earned break from their ceremonial duties in London", says Captain Jack Stamp Left Section Commander, King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery. The Troop is holding a public open day at their temporary stables in the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe Park to thank the local community for hosting them during their stay. The open day will include horsemanship performances and informal mounted displays by Right Section, The King's Troop RHA between 12:00 and 14:00.

The King's Troop is an integral part of the Household Division and recently have taken part in a series of high-profile events including: The Diamond Jubilee, The London 2012 Olympic Games, numerous State Visits, the funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, Trooping the Colour, The Opening of The Invictus Games, and Left Section have also taken part in this year's First World War Remembrance Parades in France.

The Princess Royal at Gatcombe Horse Trials

The Princess Royal at Gatcombe Horse Trials

Gatcombe Horse Trials is now in its 19th year, hosted by The Princess Royal on her farm in Gloucestershire and organised by her friend and riding companion Pattie Biden.

The Princess, an accomplished event rider herself and former European champion, introduces Charlotte Smith (a complete newcomer) to the world of dressage, showjumping and cross country.

The Princess also discusses the challenges of balancing a major equine event with the needs of a working farm.

More than 800 competitors arrive over the three days, and that's an awful lot of hooves pounding Gatcombe's valuable pasture - not to mention the horse boxes. Charlotte asks farm manager Matthew Aspinall how he, and the sheep, cope with the equestrian activities.

And we look back at a week of reports looking at the challenges facing the equine world, with the Princess sharing her views on fly-grazing and selling unwanted or abandoned horses into the meat trade.

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HorseHage Feed Knowledge Award – How Much Do You Know?

These days we have so much information at our finger tips but how much do you actually know about feeding your horse or pony correctly?

HorseHage has developed a 'Feed Knowledge Award' to help consumers learn more about basic equine nutrition and also the different products in the HorseHage and Mollichaff ranges and how they can benefit different types of horses and ponies.

Click this link to visit the HorseHage website at www.horsehage.co.uk to access the questionnaire. It can be printed off to fill in and once completed, should be sent to:

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All questionnaires will be marked and returned and those that achieve a pass mark of 90% or more will also receive a free certificate.

For more information on feeding your horse or pony or to book a talk for your group, please call the HorseHage Helpline on 01803 527257 or visit www.horsehage.co.uk

Says Tony Barnett

Says Tony BarnettGATES OR STILE’S WILL ONLY BE LAWFUL AS LONG AS THE REASONS FOR THE INSTALLATIONS ARE SERVING THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH THEY WERE INTENDED.

ANY STOPPING UP OR CLOSING OFF OF RIGHTS OF WAY SHOULD BE CHALLENGED FOR APPROVAL/CONSENT FROM THE APPROPRIATE MINISTER OF THE CROWN ........... read more

Society of Master Saddlers
Goes from Strength to Strength

Society of Master Saddlers Goes from Strength to Strength

An increase in membership, a host of new initiatives, a busy 12 months for the President and a fascinating tour of The King's Troop RHA in Woolwich, London were on the agenda at this year's Society of Master Saddlers' annual general meeting.

The day started with AGM matters including a report from President Helen Dart who described her 'amazing' year as full of variety with a trip to Scotland for the Saddlery Refresher Course and the brilliant entries at the National Competition being particular highlights.

With the aim of reaching new highs when it comes to awareness of the work carried out by the SMS, a busy calendar of events has been organised to benefit both members and horse owners over the last year.

Society of Master Saddlers Goes from Strength to Strength

Chief Executive Hazel Morley said: "The new Centaur Biomechanics course has proven very popular as have initiatives such as the CPD scheme.

"The bridle fitting course was once again full and our links with the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) have developed further with a jointly run course now established.

"This year we have progressed a new system to improve communication with members by issuing regular E-newsletters which are proving popular and well-read.

"After many months of hard work the Society of Master Saddlers film is now nearing completion and we are very much looking forward to the launch.

"Over the last 12 months 21 new Qualified Saddle Fitters have successfully passed the examination process and are now on the road successfully developing their new careers."

Society of Master Saddlers Goes from Strength to Strength

With AGM work in hand, members were very fortunate to watch a display by The King's Troop who had performed at the Opening Ceremony of the Invictus Games the night before.

Watching the two teams of horses working together in the indoor arena followed by the opportunity to get 'close-up' to the horses was met with great approval from everyone attending.

A tour of the facilities rounded off the day, with everyone very impressed with the set-up, attention to detail and wonderful support provided.

The AGM saw the appointment of Peter Wilkes of Vale Brothers as new President of the SMS with Master Saddler Laura Dempsey stepping into the Vice President's role.

To find out more information on The Society of Master Saddlers visit www.mastersaddlers.co.uk

Says Linda WrightWe moved to a Shropshire location a year ago having surveyed the local OS map and noted the significant number of bridleways around the property. Sadly the map appears a total fiction. Scarce any of the bridleways are usable ........... read more

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Frost-Resistant Arena Surfaces for Winter Riding

Frost-Resistant Arena Surfaces for Winter Riding

As the winter months approach don't let the weather hamper your riding and training at home.

However, riding aside, the continuous cold does raise questions for surfacing your arena and will mean you'll be searching for an arena surface that can stand up against adverse conditions.

Equestrian Direct supply arena surfaces for all weather conditions, and being experts in both riding and setting the best foundations for it, fully understand that even if your arena is covered, frost can still take hold of the surface and make it unable to be ridden on due to the risk of injury to your horse.

If you're looking for a surface that rides well and deals with all weather conditions, then the Flexiride™ is for you. Being great all year round whatever the weather, the Flexiride is the surface of choice for event rider Izzy Taylor. It is frost-resistant and does not easily freeze or blow and is guaranteed 100% wire free.

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For more information or a free quote contact Equestrian Direct Equine Surfaces on 01564 794020 or visit www.equestriandirectltd.co.uk

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Says Naomi Smith

Says Naomi SmithIt is all too possible to round a corner on horseback and come upon a group of cattle with no prior warning -this WILL result in a horse being badly spooked at best, bolting at worst -it is only a matter of time ........... read more

Congratulations

CHRISTINE PURDY,
SUSAN GRIFFIN AND NATALIE COOK


They have been appointed to the board of international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary as volunteer trustee directors.

Christine Purdy, Susan Griffin and Natalie Cook joined the charity this week. They bring their invaluable skills, knowledge and experience in the fields of animal welfare and behaviour, humanitarian aid, business, communications and charity work. Together with the other trustees they will help the charity to achieve its aspiration to double the number of donkeys within its reach over the next five years.CHRISTINE PURDY, 
SUSAN GRIFFIN AND NATALIE COOK

Christine Purdy brings a wealth of experience, first from her time with the World Bank in Washington DC and later from working with the UN and NGOs and living in North Yemen, Nepal and Sri Lanka. She has been a CEO of two international charities including The Brooke Hospital for Animals. An animal lover with wide experience in animal welfare and humanitarian relief she is well placed to advise the charity.

Sue Griffin is Director of Communications with The Pensions Regulator, where she is accountable for all marketing, communications and online services. She has extensive marketing, customer service and communications experience across telecommunications, financial services and the public sector. She has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Chartered Marketer. She is a staunch animal lover and a horse-owner. Becoming a trustee of The Donkey Sanctuary fulfils her long-held desire to become involved in animal welfare.

Natalie Cook is an animal behaviourist with The Ministry of Defence. She previously worked for an international animal welfare charity in Singapore advocating animal welfare and behavioural research. Her specialism is animal learning theory and assessing animals' welfare and stress indicators. Natalie will sit on the donkey care and welfare committee and is also interested in animal assisted therapy. She will be the youngest of our trustees and will be well placed to bring a different perspective to the role.

The Donkey Sanctuary is delighted to have three such eminent individuals joining the board of trustees at this exciting time and is looking forward to working with them to achieve the charity's vision of a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering and where their contribution to humanity is fully valued.

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