“We can make the difference for a lot more horses in the future” says Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm


World Horse Welfare’s President, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal arrived by helicopter to the charity’s Glenda Spooner Farm in Somerset just before 11am on June 7th.

HRH The Princess Royal

Her Royal Highness came not just to view the plans for the new and desperately needed expanded facilities for World Horse Welfare’s Somerset centre, but to speak about the growing number of horses that the charity is seeing left abandoned and neglected in the South West region.

Amongst the local guests who live in the area was David Heath MP for Somerton and Frome, councillors and even Lords who all gathered to hear Her Royal Highness explain just how vital it is to expand the charity’s centre.

World Horse Welfare continues to see a stark increase in the number of horses that need rescuing in the South West region, contributing to an overall 7,000 that are at risk of neglect throughout the UK.

World Horse Welfare Centre Manager for Glenda Spooner Farm, Claire Phillips was proud to have The Princess at Glenda Spooner Farm:

“We were delighted to have HRH The Princess Royal visit our farm to help us promote the work we do here in the South West.

“We are looking to develop our site at Glenda Spooner Farm, including developing a new isolation unit, crew yards, indoor riding arena and a visitor centre.

“Over the last 12 months we have seen a dramatic increase in the need for horses coming into our centres across the UK, so it’s really important that we develop our facilities to better enable us to care for those animals and rehabilitate and rehome more effectively, freeing up more space in our farm to help more horses.”

HRH The Princess Royal gave an inspiring speech on the day saying:

“I am delighted to be here today, it’s really nice to come and see what a good job the charity is doing now and also the plans for the future - and just what a difference that could make.

“There’s been enormous pressure over the last few years on horse owners, the cost of keeping horses has gone up and the pressure on places like this and a charity like World Horse Welfare has continued to grow.

“We have taken in nearly 100 horses so far this year; Glenda Spooner Farm alone has already taken in 31 horses, that’s almost twice as many as this time last year.

“This expanding centre will serve the community in many ways and for decades to come.

“We hope that many of you and others who can spread the word will understand now, just what a difference this plan will make and how much of an impact it can have on those horses who have, through no fault of their own, fallen on really bad times.

“We hope that with your help, in whatever way that suits you, we can make the difference for a lot more horses in the future.”

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers says:

“The day was an outstanding success and we thank those who joined us in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal. I sincerely hope our guests left with an appreciation for our charity and an understanding of the need to expand our facilities.

“With the help of our supporters, we can rescue and rehabilitate even more of the growing number of horses that need our help in the South West.”

HRH The Princess Royal demonstrated the charity’s good work by handing over Yogie, a horse that came from a bad start like so many others out there, to her new rehomer, Yvonne after World Horse Welfare rehabilitation.

Yvonne was delighted to finally have her pony home with her and thoroughly enjoyed meeting The Princess, Yvonne says:

“I am so very pleased to finally have Yogie home with me. When I first let her out, she wandered around to see what the place was like. She was so calm and so well behaved from the minute I got her out of the horse box. She quickly settled into her stable. I let her out with her new friends, two other World Horse Welfare horses that I have rehomed called Sapphire and Vienna, and they got on straight away, she is already part of the herd.

“She seems so relaxed here; she’s fine to catch and walks into her stable in the mornings to eat her breakfast with the others and comes back to eat her hay in the afternoons. All of my horses are youngsters, except for one older mare, so Yogie will always have other horses to play with.”

“I want to say thank you for giving Yogie and I the chance to meet The Princess Royal. The best part of the day was when Yogie gave Her Royal Highness a gentle kiss!”

Glenda Spooner Farm, purchased in 2007, is one of World Horse Welfare’s four UK Rescue and Rehoming Centres, and is able to care for and rehabilitate around 65 horses at any one time, many of which have come from backgrounds of terrible suffering.

The number of UK horses urgently needing World Horse Welfare’s help has risen from 6,000 to 7,000 in just six months and with all four centres worryingly near to capacity, it is vital that the charity is able to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome as many horses as it possibly can.

The new developments at Glenda Spooner Farm will allow the charity to continue its good work to the utmost of its abilities with the potential to accommodate up to 100 horses once developments are complete.

Every little helps when it comes to rescuing horses, and the new centre is just one of the things that World Horse Welfare is doing to help more horses to lead safe and happy lives.

Please, if you can, REHOME one of our rehabilitated horses.