Rain-hit horse centre struggling to survive

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THE FUTURE of an animal sanctuary has been put in jeopardy due to a 70 per cent drop in visitor numbers.

Wet weather has been blamed for the decline and the Northcote Heavy Horse Centre is urging more people to pop down or closure fears could be on the horizon.

“We need more people to come and visit the centre as visitor numbers are 70 per cent down, or maybe more, and we do desperately need help if we are to continue what we do, because insurances are high here,” said Terena Bolam for the centre.

The centre doesn’t charge a general admission fare but relies on kind donations, as well as funds raised by its exciting events and money handed over by members of the community.

“We are open Wednesday at the moment and in August we will be open Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday. It really is a fun family day out where you get really good hands on experience, such as grooming sessions, wagon rides and much more,” added Terena.

A Medieval Banquet event is scheduled for this Saturday (see ‘Lifestyle’ section of the website for details). Earlier this week the centre revealed that ticket sales hadn’t been as high as they had hoped but that a ‘fair amount’ of people had picked up the tickets and a very good night was expected.

“It’s not as much as we would have hoped but it’s a fair amount and the event I’m sure will be great. It will be a good evening and hopefully the weather will be dry,” explained Terena.

The community can help the centre by sending kind donations or by adopting any of the horses that live there.

“There’s also an online shop and if anyone is looking for people to support at coffee mornings or other events then it would be gratefully appreciated if they thought of us,” added Terena.

For further details visit www.northcotehorses.com/index.