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Happy New Year to you all.

Thank you so much for your continuing support.

Blaikiewell has had a difficult year in spite of increased fund raising activities, including the sterling achievement of Nicola McNabb and her mother, Brenda, at the Illuminator asault coourse, as well as our fun dog show and the Christmas Ceilidh.

We have lost a large part of support from our founder, Redwing Riding School, due to the sharp downturn in business caused in part by the upheaval around the premises from the AWPR work. The livery is down from 22 clients two years ago to only eight as I write, and the Riding School has lost more than three quarters of its income as people, understandably, lost patience with the ever-changing road closures and the mud and dust right next to our land. We have always depended on Redwing’s support and although we knew the AWPR would impact the business we did not envisage such a big loss. With fifty horses, and feed and vet bills and overheads escalating to over £95,000 a year it is increasingly hard to raise enough funds.

Any help with fund raising would be greatly appreciated or perhaps you could introduce a friend to join our Facebook group or to sponsor a Blaikiewell horse or pony. The smallest donation is very welcome and appreciated but we have a special offer whereby anyone who donates £50 per month for one year can have a free forest ride every week (worth £23 a week) at Redwing Riding School. They may also visit to spend time with their sponsored horse whenever they wish.

We are always happy to see any of you if you would like to visit the horses.

Every good wish for a joyful Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Mavis Petrie.

Please help with winter hay

No donation is too small. You can pay through Paypal to
(send to "friends or family" to save fees)
or by post. Cheque payable to Blaikiewell Animal Sanctuary, Eastland Lodge, Maryculter,
Aberdeen. AB12 5FS

Blaikiewell Animal Sanctuary is a small charity in Deeside, Aberdeenshire, UK.  It is home to over 50 horses and ponies, and five rescued pigs as well as cats, dogs and any other animal or bird that needs a safe place.

The first pony was bought on impulse in 1977 at the local market to save her from meat dealers who were bidding for the ponies.  The following week we got a friend for her, also from the meat market.  Bracken was 28 guineas, and her friend Willow was £96. (That put me into overdraft).   Other homeless ponies began to arrive from various sources and none were turned away.

Bracken at eight months old, February 1977 ~ Founder of Blaikiewell

In 1985, I decided to open a small riding school to pay for the maintenance of the growing animal population.  Redwing Riding School has always been conducted with the welfare of the horses and ponies firmly in first place.   No whips or sticks are allowed and young riders are not allowed to ride with a bit in the horse's mouth until they have learned control of their hands.  They learn in lead rein classes, each with a leader on foot, and the reins attached to a headcollar with a fluffy noseband.  Riders are taught to ride with a light squeeze of the legs and gentle hands.  The words 'kick' and 'pull' are strictly forbidden.  It may take pupils a little longer to be off on their own this way but pupils learn that good riding is a partnership and a horse a friend, and many have become very competent and sympathetic riders.

Most of the original School horses are now retired and the Charity was formed in 1997 to help raise funds.  Animals that come to Blaikiewell live here forever and are never sold nor moved away.  When possible those who have been returned to health and fitness are used in the School and some have been leased to carefully chosen people who have agreed to keep them at livery on the same premises.  When their working life is over, they continue to live in their own fields with their old friends for the rest of their lives.   Many of the ponies have lived well into their thirties.

If you would like to sponsor one of our animals, you can see some of their photographs and read a little about each of them HERE

If you give to charities, please consider a small donation to us next time.  It will only take a few minutes through PayPal.  The donation form is HERE.
Thank you very much.


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