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Anna and Mr Simba


Big thanks go to Anna Thompson who recently raised approx 200€ for ERF riding her beautiful horse Mr Simba on a sponsored ride.

This isn’t the first time that Dordogne based Anna has raised funds for the association, and we would like to thank her immensely for her continued support to ERF.


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ERF rely heavily on public support and fundraisers to enable them to continue to act whenever they are needed in welfare cases and taking in unwanted equines. We realise that organising an event for the first time can be a rather daunting prospect, so we hope that this info will give you a starting block to work from.

Thorough planning and research is the key to organising a successful fundraising event so start planning your event as early as possible. Topics you’ll need to think about are;

  • What type of event you think you can organise?
  • Do you need additional help to organise the event – maybe rope in friends and family?
  • Plan where your event will be held
  • Decide when to hold your event
  • Choose where to market/advertise the event
  • What target figure do you hope to raise?
  • Decide before the event what % will be donated to ERF

The type of event you plan to hold needs careful consideration and will depend largely on facilities available and the area you live in. French law sometimes dictates that you have to get pre-approval from your Mairie for events such as Vide Greniers.

Here are some event suggestions to get you started;

Coffee Morning, Summer Fayre, Garden Party, Bring and Buy Sale, Auction of Promises, Quiz Night, Race Night, Bingo Night, Jumble Sale, Cake Sale, Barn Dance,  Art and Craft Fair, Summer Fete, Karaoke Night, Pyjama Party, Raffle, Tombola, Cheese and Wine Tasting, Garage Sale, Vide Grenier, Book Sale, Barbecue, Bazaar, Fun-Run, Tea Party, Sponsored ride

If this is your first attempt at organising an event, then the key is to keep it simple. Don’t get too over ambitious as event planning can sometimes be harder work than you first think. If you have friends and family that you can rope in then great, delegate specific roles to people so that you have everything covered but don’t feel over burdened!

If the venue isn’t going to be on your own property then you’ll need to ensure that the premises you choose has relevant insurance cover. Often venues such as bars and chateaux will offer a good deal for charity events – try and get some form of sponsorship/reduction from them in return for bringing your custom in.

The time of year you hold the event will be relative to the type of event you plan to hold. Bear in mind when people are usually away on holidays and when other local events are on so you don’t clash.

Obviously for an event to be successful, people need to know about it. We suggest that the event is posted on forums and websites, flyers put out (again check with the local Mairie), contact local newspapers/magazines and ask for a free mention, posters put up in local shops/businesses and of course word of mouth. We will be happy to design Posters with our logo on for the event.

Every centime raised is important to us and we appreciate that fundraising isn’t always an easy task. Have a realistic idea of what you hope to raise and how much the associated overheads are going to be beforehand so you don’t end up out of pocket.

We hope that the equines ERF help will be a big incentive to motivate volunteers to fundraise for us, but it also helps if the fundraiser earns a little bit from the event also. Even if this covers their time, consumables used, phone calls etc. Please tell us before the event what percentage of the takings will be going to ERF so that everything is crystal clear with everyone from the start.

If you think you could organise an event to raise much needed funds for ERF then please contact us for a chat.

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Please take a few minutes to look at our equines that are still waiting for their forever homes to come along.You can see their their photos on the right hand side of this page or go to our rehoming page for more info on each of them.

If you do not have the facilities or experience to take on an equine yourself, maybe you would consider donating something towards their costs whilst in our care? Mimi has now been with us 8 months awaiting for an adopter to come forward. Leon is still receiving treatment on his leg injury that he came to us with and so will not be able to be rehomed for some time. Our aim is always to rehome equines into permanent homes as soon as we can, but in cases like the above it sometimes isn’t possible. With the onset of winter just around the corner, and potentially more equines than ever needing our help this winter, please help us so that we can continue to help them.

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Gazza has now started some gentle work with us. Starting off with long reining in the round pen, then we progressed to a wander round the orchard…

25junegazza 002 (more…)

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A few weeks ago ERF heard about the plight of Gasparin, a beautiful 15 yr old Norwegian Fjord gelding that was on his way to being sold to the abattoir. His French owners had acquired a property 5 years previous, and with it came a pony, Gasparin. They had tried selling him, to no avail, because of his previous history of laminitis. They felt their only option of a buyer was the abattoir, until someone thankfully suggested ERF. Happily, they agreed that ERF could take him under their wing and try and find him a new adoptive family in the future. What struck us straight away with Gasparin was his kind and generous nature, despite the pain he was in from his feet.

Last Monday we picked up a very fat and lonely Gasparin…

Gasparin arriving (more…)

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Last Saturday was a chance for horse lovers in the La Souterraine and surrounding areas to get together and watch Adam Sheresdan use his natural horsemanship techniques on a variety of different horses throughout the day. We took along Zurito (a horse rescued by Trina before ERF was formed) for Adam to use who, was impeccably behaved all day .

zurito & adam trot (more…)

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Yesterday was the ERF summer fete and what glorious weather we were blessed with down in the Dordogne. Approximately 500€ was raised from the raffle and donations from the generous stall holders, raffle prize donators and members of the public who attended. Thank you to everyone who turned up and supported this event, we hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as we did! It was nice to meet so many people  interested in the work we do and ERF hope to be welcoming some new members on board this year.

A big thank you must also go to Tanya, and her family, who offered the use of their camp site for the day and  for her time and effort put into organising the fete.

Some photo’s from the day……

The ERF stand

The ERF stand


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