A YOUNG AND UNBREAKABLE SPIRIT - A SUCCESS STORY
We are delighted to share this success story with you, proving that there is always hope. Jade, one of the young horses rescued from Onderstepoort Biological Products proved that she has a bright future and despite the hardships endured, she has proved that she has the potential to achieve great heights. Jade competed in the third SANESA school league show this year with 12 year old AJ van Vuuren. Although they didn't take any trophies home this time, everyone agreed that Jade has gone from strength to strength and is a true inspiration, breathing fresh talent into the competitive air.
Jade has proven how far a rescue animal can get with some love and care.
To read more about AJ and Jade's performance at the show and the Mooikloof Equestrian Club click here
Update on horse Project:
On 20 June 2009, after much hustle and bustle preparing stables with super-sized horsey beds and checking and re-checking the contents of the feed room, we finally sat down with a cup of coffee, giving each other silly grins, as we waited in eager anticipation for the arrival of the horse carrier with the new babies – 4 of the OBP horses - that were on their way to their new home at Rustfontein.
We passed the time thinking of names for the new arrivals – 2 colts, a filly and a mare – and ultimately decided on Jasper, Topaz, Jade and Amber. Finally the carrier arrived and we rushed round to meet it as it rumbled up the road to a stop in front of the stables. As the doors opened and the first, obviously nervous, horse was led out, tears of relief flowed at the thought of where these beautiful animals' lives could have ended, if it wasn't for the care and generosity of individuals and organizations, like African Blessings, who are prepared to provide a home for them.
And what a home they have! With first-rate care and an abundance of love and kindness, these 4 –once hurt, discarded, frightened and mistrusting creatures - have found their rightful place in the world and have learned to recognise human beings as what they should be – care givers, friends, human companions who have their best interests at heart. Their amazing grooms, Benneth and Fitsi and all of the residents at Rustfontein who have poured so much loving, patient energy into these horses are responsible for what are now, just over 6 months later, healthy, happy, playful, loving horses.
They are slowly being introduced to "bit training" and as you can see, are 100% comfortable with and happy to have the Fitsi and Benneth "mount up"! The pictures speak volumes about their Rustfontein journey so far...
Remember that horses are released from OBP ongoing and the Trust Fund has been established to ensure that the rescue of these horses is ongoing and sustainable.
Please join us in helping to provide a safe, certain future for them.
After a long, hard struggle and a great deal of commitment and cooperation from all the parties concerned, agreement has been reached that the horses used for veterinary research by Onderstepoort Biological Products, will no longer automatically be sent to slaughter, but will be made available for adoption.
Historically, the fate of these noble creatures, having literally sacrificed their lives for the health and well-being of other horses, was slaughter. Now, as long as there are caring and generous souls willing and able to offer them a home and willing to help financially, these beautiful creatures will have a chance at a real life, once released from OBP.
African Blessings has established an Equine Rescue Centre at Rustfontein and some of the OBP horses will be starting a new life on this beautiful farm.
A Trust Fund has been established and all proceeds will go to assisting with the process of homing and caring for these horses, as they are released from OBP, whether it be to offer assistance to the foster homes caring for them, or relocation costs in getting them to their new permanent homes.
We want to ensure that the rescuing of these majestic animals is an ongoing and sustainable solution, which ensures that none of the horses at OBP face slaughter in the future.
If you would like to donate to this project:
Once off payments can be made to:
Account number: 62065437355
Branch code 250655
Reference number Horse Rescue Centre