Welcome to HRH
Welcome To Hopton Rehab Homing and Thank you for visiting our website. This is the start of a new era for Hopton Rehab & Homing Centre. We’re so thrilled that you’ve chosen to follow our journey. Many of you have chosen to help us fundraise for the care of these and many more horses & ponies!
Our mission started as a small private concern. We have a continuous stream of horses & ponies coming to us. We applied for and received UK charity status in July 2017 and we haven’t stopped since.
Your New Friend
It’s hoped you like and enjoy our website and that you might even find your new BFF! If you don’t see what you’re looking for now, please keep checking. We have a steady influx of gorgeous horses & ponies.
Everything we do for horses & ponies in our care comes at a cost! We don’t take salaries, but everything else requires £££s. PLEASE DONATE if you can. It can be a small one off amount, a monthly direct debit. You can find other ways to donate in our ”Get Involved” section of the website.
Don’t forget to share our social media pages – we need all the support we can get!
Thank you so much for your continued support, we welcome any feedback!
On the morning of Tuesday 18th August 2020, our website will be down for essential maintenance. Unfortunately this is something we cannot do during quiet hours. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused by this and hope that all will be back to normal as soon as is possible on that day.
If you should have any questions about this please feel free to contact us at email@example.com
Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Update
It’s a while since we have updated you all on our approach to this current situation.
How it’s affecting us at this time:
40 horses are still awaiting rehoming. Of these 6 are taking advantage of the very kind offers of free local grazing. 5 are still out on foster at their winter homes.
This has been a tremendous help and we are so grateful to these people for helping us out.
The remaining 29 are cared for across our 3 sites by our two amazing staff members working alternate days.
With the continuing support of our landowners doing all they can to help. We have reduced our outgoings to an absolute minimum. Shoes are off and all are turned away to enjoy this lovely sunny spring sunshine. The rain this morning is very welcome to assist our fields to grow some much needed grass. Our fields were completely hammered through the most ridiculously wet winter. Whilst it grows, all, except the one laminitic, are having ad lib hay. Despite these reductions the costs still remain for basic care. Hooves still grow, worms still multiply, ailments still need attention.
Lotions and potions for the sweet itch ponies, we still need insurance and need to keep the lorry running. We still need to supply the hay, pay the staff wages and live in fear of vet visit needs.
The Charity is so, so grateful for your ongoing support and donations. This has enabled us to plod through these last couple months. As a group of trustees we will get our little precious charity through these difficult times. With the help you are all bestowing upon us, we are extremely grateful. We are trying to think up exciting and fun ways to fundraise. Our next event will be a virtual quiz coming very soon on May 7th. We are also looking to register to be a named charity for dontsendmeacard.com in the next day or two.
Obviously grants are earmarked for human charities and rightly so. We are in a tricky situation as the horses are with us. They can’t go anywhere, and still need their basic needs met. We are looking to start enabling rehoming of companions and beginning raising interest in potential homes for the riding horses.
This part of our role, and indeed the main focus of what we do, will take a good while longer. We will get them back into work and be able to access local facilities before they can be trialed. We will bring into work first those that have the most expression of interest in them. Obviously we can’t do them all at once. We will also make a start on finally bringing those backed last year back into work. A decision will be made on this resumption when we get the guidance at the next lockdown review. This will be In a couple of weeks a discussion between the trustees and staff together.
We appreciate there are different thoughts on this as to whether people should be riding / not riding. Our decision will be based on the safety requirements of our staff, as to a start date. We will need to have them both at work together again. We have always tried to steer away from continually asking our supporters for money. It’s appreciated at this time people are having their own financial considerations in these changing times. As I say you have all been amazing. On behalf of the charity we want to send you a great big THANK YOU.
We also have to send a huge thank you to the Peter O’Sullevan Trust. They provided a follow up donation of £2k to further assist us with our ongoing costs. This was a lifeline we couldn’t have done without. #Staysafe.
Our Mission Statement
Welcome To Hopton Rehab Homing.
“To give horses & ponies in the UK the correct loving and secure home which they deserve”.
We help individuals who for one reason or another can no longer look after their horses & ponies.
To take and assess those horses & ponies using fully trained equine specialists and eventually place them in secure & loving homes on long-term loan agreements.
To raise enough monies from corporate and public donations so that horses & ponies in our care have a secure & loving future.
Welcome To Hopton Rehab Homing.
Hopton Rehab & Homing Centre (HRH) was established in July 2017.
The trustees, Tracy, Lin, Ruth, & Bob are extremely experienced in the equestrian industry with a shared passion for horse welfare and rehabilitation.
Over the past 4 years, whilst running a separate training organisation in work-based horsecare, Tracy and Lin accumulated a variety of equines that needed extensive rehabilitation; both physically and mentally; for a multitude of reasons.
The volume arriving at the centre increased significantly and it became no longer possible to continue to privately fund the scheme; hence the creation of HRH.
We have built a great reputation for our sympathetic approach which allows the horses to adjust and develop before moving on to their new homes.
Once a horse is ready to move on it is carefully matched with a prospective new home to ensure a happy outcome.
Meet the team
Tracy Cooper – Hopton Rehab and Homing Trustee
After leaving school, Tracy had a long career as a legal executive lawyer specialising in family and criminal law and general litigation.
Tracy competed in eventing, dressage and show jumping, and have always had a keen interest in horses, and gained British Horse Society qualifications to further her knowledge and enable her to teach.
Having recognised a gap in the provision of training in the local area she set about providing education in horse care, management and riding. Tracy met her colleague, Lin, who had extensive experience in work based training, and in 2011 they formed their own training organisation as a limited company. They have worked with local colleges to train learners and apprentices at levels 1, 2 and 3 and the new tech-bac qualifications.
Over the years they picked up one or two horses which required extensive physical and/or mental rehabilitation to enable them to continue to have a useful working life. This developed and they were approached by many other people who could no longer provide the care and support those horses required.
It was decided in 2016 that due to the volume, they would set up a charity to enable this much needed provision to continue and develop. Hence the charity was incorporated on 18 July 2017.
Lin Marriott-Lodge – Hopton Rehab and Homing Trustee
Lin has had a long career in the equine world. Starting life as an active pony club member before training for and achieving her BHSAI at the age of 19. She then went on to be a groom for a British Junior and Young Rider team member.
Having a family required her to change her career but the link to horses remained by taking over as District Commissioner of the Ludlow Pony Club Branch. For the past 10 yrs Lin has been Co-Director of an training organisation working with students on equestrian apprenticeship courses and work-based training.
During these years Lin has had the opportunity to develop her passion for rehabilitating horses and along with her training colleague Tracy, has had some noticeable success in this area.
As a result of this success Tracy & Lin were asked more regularly to assist owners with their horses for many different reasons. This then formed the basis of the charity which is now going from strength to strength.
Lin & Tracy now oversee the day to day management of the charity and horses within it’s care.
They also organise many events such as carboot sales to raise funds for the charity.
Ruth Holt – Hopton Rehab and Homing Trustee
Ruth has a lifetime of experience in business accounting and administration, from multi-national corporates to small family businesses. She now focuses on small businesses, and in recent years has numbered The People’s Orchestra and Age UK Birmingham among her clients.
A lifelong love of horses and yearning to work with them was fulfilled when she took a break from commerce for ten years to assist with the running of a midlands equestrian centre. However, for the last few years Ruth has been back behind a desk, so saw the invitation to join the board of HRH Trustees as an antidote to the computer screen! At one time the owner of four horses, two cats, a dog and a barn owl, she now has one dog and one cat.
Ruth has vast experience in managing business especially from the accounts side and puts her experience to very good use for the charity.
Bob Woolnough – Hopton Rehab and Homing Trustee
Bob has had a varied career in the equine world. He began his riding experiences when he volunteered for the Mounted Section of the Royal Military Police, having never ridden before. After training and qualifying as a mounted police officer, he then spent 4 years with the mounted branch, often working 7 days a week with anything up to 16 hours a day in the saddle, gaining a wealth of experience and knowledge in the training of horses from the start of their careers into fully fledged police horses that are used every day on our streets.
After leaving the mounted section Bob was more involved in the security and intelligence fields but never lost his passion for horses and has continued to ride and assist others at every chance since.
Bob has also worked as a volunteer for the Riding For The Disabled charity.
In 2018 Bob became a volunteer and was in 2019 asked to become a trustee.
The larger horses at HRH get the majority of Bob’s time and attention, along with those requiring special training needs.
Kim Rawlings - HRH Yard Manager
Kim is also responsible for managing the daily work routines for the volunteers who support the charity
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