A HUGE thank you to each and every one of you around the world who generously donated to our December crowdfunding appeal to raise £3500 to buy 600 bales of hay. YOU are what allows the project to continue! Together we managed to raise an incredible £3770 which is over and above our target! These funds bought a large 11 ton lorry of hay, a small lorry of oaten hay and a small delivery of trifili (alfalfa), which saw the Skyrian horses safely through the winter. The extra donations over our target amount meant we were able to put these into a fund for wormers and essential veterinary supplies.
We ran this appeal on behalf of Stathis and Amanda as we know that they find it difficult to ask for help with the project. Despite rigorous budgeting and foreplanning and thus the project being in a better position financially this year than it has been in the past, we knew they were still struggling to afford the last lorry of hay to get their Skyrian horses through the winter.
So we reached out to you, and we cannot thank you all enough for your enduring support of the project and the care and kindness you have shown us through your comments and well-wishes. We wish all of you the same love, light, peace and hope that you give us.
Love, Katie and Emma (project volunteers)
With heartfelt gratitude from Amanda and Stathis
August 2019 – Ponies in the Press!
We’d like to share with you a recent article written about our project in the Christian Science Monitor. It is part of a series of articles which aims to recognise the efforts of people all over the world who work hard everyday to make a difference. We are very grateful to have been chosen as one of their difference makers. Please follow the link below to read:
“It’s been two years since Ms. Simpson and Mr. Katsarelias have had the time or the money to leave the island. Caring for the horses consumes them, as does feeling that nothing is ever enough. When Mr. Katsarelias needs strength, he only needs to look at the horses. “When I see them here, and I understand that they feel safe, and that they feel secure, and that they are relaxed, this gives me the strength to go on,” he says. “We have given them a life that they did not know before. I know for sure that [these horses] would not exist if we did not help them, so this gives me the strength to continue.””
Saving the Skyrian Horse
Featured on National Geographic
One of the oldest, rarest breeds of horse on the planet.
Find out more about the Skyrian Horse here.
We are working towards a high quality of life for every horse in Skyros.
Find out more about our welfare work here.
There are believed to be about 200 Skyrian Horses on the planet.
Skyros Island Horse Trust is home to nearly 40 of these animals.
Find out more about our conservation work here.
We ran the first Skyros Horse Festival in 2014 and hope to run
many similar events in future.
We believe in encouraging a respectful approach to horsemanship.
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How You Can Help
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