We are situated in one of the most beautiful areas in South Africa, Chintsa on the Wild Coast. It is not uncommon to see a pod of dolphins surfing the waves down the beach or spray from whales passing by. Or even giraffe, zebra, and elephant on the way to market!
We started in 1998 just as a beach and bush horse trail destination, three women with two hundred pounds (birthday present from family) who bought one horse, an Anglo Arab called Scotia, paid for two more with a post dated cheque, missed a monthly installment on the car to buy another, and borrowed a horse from a friend.
We moved to Newhampshire Farm in March 2001, and at last had a permanent base for our horses.
We had, up until now, never been in a position to accommodate more than eight horses, as we had previously rented a small area of land.
We were contacted in January 2002 by the SPCA in Mthatha, to adopt and help with rehabilitating 11 horses and ponies.
Since then we have been contacted by members of the SPCA, or gone of our own accord, to either buy, or just rescue horses. Newhampshire Farm gives us greater scope, as we have 236 acres, and smaller paddocks to accommodate social groupings of horses.
The beach trails were our only form of income until 4 years ago when a volunteer project was set up. We are a service provider for Buccaneers Backpackers also an international destination for tourism. We have no government funding or sponsorship so the centre is kept going by the trails and volunteers who pay to join us, their financial support covers their board and food and anything left over goes into the 'kitty' for the horses. This helps with the cost of rescueing and very often the purchase of the rescued horses,their medication, work by the farrier and dentist, veterenary cost and all the other expenses that come with caring for horses and other animals.