Urgent search to find home for rescue horses

Karen Blamire with her niece Kimberley Pitman (six)  and three of the rescue horses
Karen Blamire with her niece Kimberley Pitman (six) and three of the rescue horses
James Taylor at his desk in his office at 116 High Street, Old Portsmouth.

Those halcyon days when pen and paper just worked!

  • Karen Blamire took out lease on field in 2014
  • Has stabled three rescue horses on it ever since
  • Council has ended tenancy and she is desperate to find a new field by March
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A WOMAN has been told she can no longer use a field that is home to rescue horses.

The field, close to Durrants Road, in Rowlands Castle, has been leased by Karen Blamire from Portsmouth City Council for the past two years.

How on earth are we to find stables for three horses? We are so desperate in our plight to save our boys

Malcolm Jamieson

It is home to three horses which their owners say would have been put down were it not for the stables.

In October the council told leaseholder Karen Blamire the tenancy would come to an end in December – although it has now granted her a three- month extension.

But Ms Blamire said even that was not long enough to find a new home for the horses and a move could kill them.

She was told the tenancy had been broken because the horses had escaped and bonfires had been lit.

But Ms Blamire said she only lit the bonfire to get rid of overhanging branches cut down by a council contractor.

‘It was the contractor who set the first bonfire’ she said.

‘We have had problems with people breaking into the field at night and leaving the gate open. They walk over from the woods and get up to all sorts and there is nothing we can do about that.

‘After the horses escaped we fixed the gate and it has not happened since.’

She added: ‘The horses have thrived since they’ve been here. My horse Duke is 31. A move would kill him.

‘The others would not survive either as they are all rescue horses and very sensitive.

‘This is a desperate situation. I have spent a lot of money on the field and stables. When I arrived the field was virtually ungrazeable.’

Malcolm Jamieson’s horse Raff is also at the stables.

Mr Jamieson, from Leigh Park, said: ‘How on earth are we to find stables for three horses? We are so desperate in our plight to save our boys.’

A council spokesperson said: ‘In January 2014 we agreed a 12-month grazing licence agreement with Mrs Blamire, which was extended.

‘At the end of October 2015 she was given the agreed two months’ notice. We have offered her an extension of three months to help her find an alternative site, which would take her up to the end of March. As yet she hasn’t taken up this offer.’

If you know of a field suitable for the horses, e-mail Mr Jamieson on malcolm.jamie65@hotmail.com.