The Mare and Foal Sanctuary has paid tribute to its founder, Rosemary Kind, who has died at the age of 83. Thanks to Rosemary, the charity has rescued more than 1,000 horses, ponies and foals, with 631 in its care today.

“The loss of Rosemary is felt deeply by our staff and Mare and Foal Sanctuary supporters all over the UK,” said Chief Executive, Sarah Jane Williamson. “Our heartfelt condolences are with her family at this sad time.

“Her vision, passion and determination to create the Mare and Foal Sanctuary is now her legacy that will live on in all that we do. Together with our supporters, we are working hard to provide a safe sanctuary for horses, ponies and foals, expand our welfare outreach and advice to the equine owning community and deliver Equine Assisted Services to people in our communities.”

Rosemary formed the Mare and Foal Sanctuary in 1988 and registered it as a fully-fledged charity in 1992.

“Her vision was to ensure that the smallest, weakest, injured or most unwanted horses and ponies had care and a home for life,” said a charity spokesman. “She instilled these ethics in her children, Syra and Simon, both of whom joined her later to work in the Mare and Foal Sanctuary. She dedicated her life to rescuing and looking after equines, only retiring in 2013.”

Rosemary died peacefully on 6 June with her family at her bedside. She is survived by her children, Syra Bowden and Simon Avery, her husband, Brian Kind, having passed away some years earlier.

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary is planning a Celebration of Life event later in the year for staff and supporters to honour Rosemary and the difference she’s made to the lives of horses, ponies and foals.

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