Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex recently visited Remus Horse Sanctuary in Ingatestone, Essex, to help raise awareness of the ongoing horse welfare crisis in the UK and, to commemorate the charity’s 35th anniversary.
Remus Horse Sanctuary
On Tuesday, June 26, the Countess visited the sanctuary and unveiled a bespoke plaque to mark the occasion.
Sue Burton, Founder of Remus Horse Sanctuary said: “It was an amazing day and we are so grateful for The Countess to take time out of her busy schedule to spend time with us.”
There are a wide variety of rescued animals at the Sanctuary, big and small, and during the visit, The Countess met many of the old and blind horses at the Sanctuary including Holly and Grace who are both blind, Tosca who is now in his mid-40’s and Pippa who has undergone major eye surgery.
The Countess also met Blax a mare left in the most appalling condition, lame and emaciated in a field to fend for herself for more than three months.
When The Countess last met Blax in July 2017, she hadn’t long been in the Sanctuary’s care and could barely move, now The Countess has seen her running and playing in the field.
Lord John Petre of Ingatestone, Mayor of Chelmsford Yvonne Spence, Mayor of Brentwood Sheila Murphy, and Deputy Mayor of Basildon Danny Lawrence were also in attendance, along with the Chief Executive of Chelmsford City Council Nick Eveleigh, charity staff, volunteers, members and supporters.
The Countess, who joined the charity as a Patron in 2013, and is committed to supporting horse welfare said in her speech: “Essex is lucky to have such a resource in the county” and encouraged people to get behind the Sanctuary and support its work.
Sue Burton founded the Sanctuary in 1983 following the plight of the horses on Rainham Marshes in Rainham, Essex, where over 100 horses were left on the bleak marshland.
Remus Memorial Horse Sanctuary provides rehabilitation and lifetime care for over 200 horses, ponies, donkeys, cows, sheep, goats and cats.