Quiz night to raise money for horse and pony protection

CARE Two of the rescue ponies helped by the charity
CARE Two of the rescue ponies helped by the charity
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OUR group has been running for around 30 years and we take in unwanted and unloved horses and ponies and care for them.

Some of them are rehomed, but those that are too ill or have problems stay with us to live out their last days.

The charity was formed in Portsmouth after the community became concerned about the welfare of the horses left unattended and tethered in chains on Portsdown Hill.

The horses were left with no food or water so people took it upon themselves to care for the animals.

The community approached Portsmouth City Council about the welfare of the horses, and, subsequently, the council became the first in the country to ban the tethering of horses to chains. Sadly, some of the horse owners then abandoned them completely and, seeing as the local residents had approached the council to stop the tethering, they felt responsible for their welfare and the charity was formed.

Portsmouth council gave the charity a small piece of land for free to look after the horses, but it soon outgrew that.

We are now based at Oaklands, Lake Road in Curdridge.

We are holding a quiz night on Friday, October 4 at the Wickham Community Centre in Mill Lane, Wickham, to raise money for the charity. It starts at 7.30.

The quiz night is for teams of eight which can be made up on the night with others taking part if necessary.

Tickets are £4 which includes nibbles. Soft drinks are available but feel free to bring your own non-alcoholic beverages.

For details and tickets call me on 01489 790982 or e-mail the club at email us@southhantspony.org.uk