Readers help Undercliff ponies


Following the Rye News appeal last February, Ponies Need Help, the charity is delighted to report that Undercliff Pony Rescue received a fantastic response from  generous readers.

The outcome of the Rye News appeal has meant that Undercliff Pony Rescue is able to move to a much larger field with the benefits of better drainage, running water, easy access and best of all lots of lovely pasture for the ponies to eat. This will be a dramatic improvement for the animals.

Owners Dave Offen and Sharon Baker cannot express their appreciation enough. The ponies will be moving to their new pastures soon, and the current paddock will rest to allow pasture to regrow. “We really are so grateful to Rye News and the generous readers who made donations. Without their support, and the support of so many people in Rye who have grown to love the boys, none of this could have happened,” they said.

Dave and Sharon are enthused that this opportunity will enable them to step up their  work. Dave says: “There are still numerous ponies being dumped throughout the region on a daily basis, and many will not have the second chance that Undercliff ponies have had. We can now forge ahead and hopefully make a difference to many more ponies.”

Undercliff Pony Rescue needs support to continue its aid to abandoned ponies. The animals are monitored, fed, and treated by vets, with loving care from Dave and Sharon. Costs are involved in transporting them to their new home. Please continue to help this worthwhile cause where every pound donated directly benefits the animals.


Image Credits: Dave Offen .

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  1. It was a really long day yesterday, but so worthwhile!

    After being let down for transport at the last minute, we thought the boys would be stuck in the muddy field for a few more days. But thanks to Dinty at Brownbread Horse Rescue, who let us borrow her horse box, we managed to move the boys to their new field. Marvin and Freddie were the last to arrive at 9:30pm.

    And boy, what a difference a day makes. Their feet and feathers are already clean. And they look so happy! Lots of room to run, and lots of grass to munch.

    Thank you to everyone in Rye who have supported the boys, be it financially, making a fuss of them, bringing treats etc.

    And a special thank you to Mags at Rye News and to Frank and Jane. It was her article that caught the attention of a local lady, who called her friend, and resulted in Frank and Jane offering us 10 acres of grazing for the boys!

    The boys love you all. And they WILL be back for a while once it dries up and the grass starts to grow back.

    Plus, we now have the capacity to take in more rescues. Sadly there is no let up in the number of dumped and neglected ponies!

    Our boys are among the lucky ones!

    You can see pictures of the boys enjoying their new field on our Facebook page…

  2. Thank you Dave. Very best wishes to you all from everyone at Rye News. Let’s be sure to keep in touch and publish news updates!


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