of ILPH Loan Horses
ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) has 455
of their horses and ponies out on loan in Scotland, the majority
of which have come from their equine
recovery and rehabilitation centre, Belwade Farm, in Aberdeenshire.
Around the Scottish shows this summer some of these equines, from
Clydesdales to tiny ponies, have started to make a name for themselves
by getting into the ribbons.
ILPH Belwade Mignonette - or Miggy for short - has done the
McFarlane sisters proud over the last few years. Originally
out on loan to the oldest sister Lisa, the pair won the Championship
at the Rothesay Isle of Bute Show in 1997 and 1998, which
was won again the following year by middle sister Laura, then
11, on Miggy. At the same show this year the pony this time
with youngest sister Linsey (9) on board was again successful
when she won the Robert Duncan Memorial Cup. Miggie is a 11.2
hh 11 year old Welsh pony rescued in Wales 7 years ago.
ILPH Belwade Megan a 12.2 hh dapple grey 12 year old Welsh Cob
mare, out on loan to Islay vet Paula Watt, was placed 2nd in
her class ridden by Paula's young daughter Maisie at the Islay
Show in August
ILPH Harley a 15.00 hh piebald Irish cob gelding went to Mrs
Allan in Midlothian in July 2000, the third ILPH horse she has
homed since 1986. As he is a youngster the Allan's have concentrated
on in hand classes this year. Their faith in him was repaid
when he came 4th in his class at the Royal Highland Show thus
qualifying him for the CHAPS (Coloured Horse and Pony Society)
regional finals in Cheshire at the beginning of September. They
were all thrilled when he came 5th in a strong class of 16 qualifiers.
ILPH Ollie a 4 year old 17.1 hh bay and ILPH Willie an 8 year
old 17.3 hh strawberry roan, both Clydesdales - now known as
ILPH Baron and ILPH Mac - were taken in
by the ILPH when the Fairways Horse Sanctuary in Perthshire
closed down a couple of years ago. They are now on loan to Glasgow
City Council and visitors can see
them at work in Pollok Country Park, 361 acres of countryside
in the heart of the City.
The City Council has 7 Clydesdales altogether and they are used
to promote the City at events and gala days around Glasgow as
well as competing in local and
was the first year that Mac and Baron appeared as members of
the City Council's Heavy Horse Team and Baron was shown in hand
for the first time at the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh where
he was placed 2nd in the Aged Gelding Class that had a very
big entry. In the turnout classes Mac was 5th in the singles
and Mac and Baron were 4th in the tandem.
a policy of rehoming the horses and ponies that come into their
centres once they are rehabilitated the ILPH ensures that it
has the space to be able to take in
At present Belwade Farm at Aboyne has several horses and ponies
that are looking for suitable loan homes. Among these are 3
thoroughbreds that need experienced riders, extra special care
and lots of tlc and Pegasus a 13.2 hh Highland pony who cannot
be ridden but would make a lovely companion, is very hardy and
lives on fresh air.
Those interested in offering a good loan home to one of these
ILPH equines should call Jenni on 0870 873 1927.