We are delighted to have Rupert return this year to Saxon Shore to help raise funds for the wonderful Faversham Community Christmas lights that look so beautiful every year.
For those of you that haven’t met Rupert yet, he is a very tiny miniature Shetland pony that loves Christmas, and loves to get dressed up in his Christmas attire (complete with sleigh bells) and meet everyone for selfies and cuddles.
Rupert will arrive in Faversham around 10am on Sunday 15th December and will have a little walk down to visit Faversham’s festive Christmas tree and have a look around the Christmas Market before returning to The Alexander Centre where you can visit him in his bespoke Christmas grotto/stable provided by the lovely folk at East Kent Yard and Paddock Maintenance.
Rupert has another reason for visiting us this year he is part of a small team of ponies that form Fairbrook Native Show Team that travel the country competing in various activities including carriage driving, dressage and jumping. The team is owned and run by Kate Spillett who has a passion for all things equine
Kate and Fairbrook have also rescued many ponies over the years. Sadly, ponies are often neglected, sometimes through lack of understanding of how to keep them, and sometimes they are subjected to real cruelty.
This year Kate has taken on two ponies that are two of the worst cases of cruelty Kate has had to deal with. The story of mother and daughter Shetland ponies. Mable and May is a heart-breaking one.
When Mable and May were rescued (by a local charity, Sweeps Fund) they were in a sorry state, they had been living on fallen leaves and due to this Mable’s milk had dried up and young May was just days from death. In addition Mable has a damaged eye, most likely caused by being hit with a catapult, which she will need to have an operation on (funded by Sweeps Fund) once she is strong enough.
To pay for their care and recuperation following the operation Rupert (with a little help from Kate) has written a children’s book, which he will be selling during his visit to Faversham. There will also be a collection pot, so if you could spare a few extra pennies this Christmas please pop them in the collection tin, and help this pair of ponies get back to health.