Special guests announced for horse charity's open day

Two very special guests will be making an appearance at Redwings Horse Sanctuary's free open day on Sunday 15 July. 

Look at Esther now! Come and meet her on 15 July. Pic: Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Look at Esther now! Come and meet her on 15 July. Pic: Redwings Horse Sanctuary

First off, there's adoption star donkey Esther, who will be welcoming visitors to the Hapton Headquarters just south of Norwich, where they can enjoy tours, demonstrations, food and fun. 

Esther was just two-months old when she was rescued from the horrors of Spindle Farm, Amersham in 2008. She was so weak from the neglect she had suffered, that when she arrived at Redwings she had to be carried off the horsebox. 

Now happy and healthy, Esther lives at Redwings' Caldecott visitor centre near Great Yarmouth but is making the special trip to the open day in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of her rescue.

Also back by popular demand is the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service who will be giving a fascinating and dramatic demonstration of how they rescue animals in tricky situations using one of its training model horses. 

The open day, which will run from 10am to 4pm, will include tours of the hospital by the Redwings veterinary team, including a special tour designed for young children. During the tour, everyone has the chance to meet rescued horses and donkeys and find out how the charity cares for its 1,500 residents - of which 350 live at it's 350-acre Hapton site. 

They'll also be plenty of opportunities to get hands-on with the horses with pony grooming and self-guided walks around the centre's paddocks.

Redwing's Chief Executive Lynn Cutress says: "We're delighted to be welcoming Esther to our Hapton open day. Ten years ago, the image of this little donkey being carried off the horsebox became a global symbol of the neglect that took place at Spindle Farm. 

"Today she remains an inspirational symbol of the recoveries made by so many of the Amersham survivors and the happy lives they now enjoy. We can't wait for people to meet her and find out more about her story in this special anniversary year - and we know she will adore all the fuss and cuddles too."

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