Shines on Royal Opening
opening of the new ILPH Equine Recovery and Rehabilitation
Centre on Monday 23rd June at Hall Farm, Snetterton, Norfolk
torrential rain Sunday night and Monday morning the sun broke through
just in time to welcome HRH The Princess Royal when she arrived
at the new ILPH Hall Farm, at Snetterton,Norfolk.
Royal Highness, as the charity's President, had come to officially
open the new Centre, tour the purpose built facilities, meet staff
and chat to well-wishers.
security breaches elsewhere had obviously not fased the Princess
- appearing relaxed and happy as she walked around talking to grooms
and horses alike. ILPH Bob the Cob managed to trigger a smile and
a quick retort from the royal visitor when he showed a rather greedy
interest in the royal posy of yellow flowers.
refreshments the Princess unveiled a commemorative plaque saying,
"The facilities and opportunities it provides for those animals
which come to the ILPH in very great need are exactly what we want.
I wish we thought this wasn't necessary, but it continues to be
has included a human part, in terms of education in the responsibilities
of caring for horses and ponies and how not to go down the road
where animals become welfare cases.
a little bit of knowledge and care we can make a real difference,
and these facilities will allow us to do that even better."
2001 the ILPH Council took the decision to rationalize the ILPH
Norfolk operations in order to save money over the long term and
to update and improve facilities in the short term. This process
involved the sale of Overa House Farm at Larling and the development
of the Hall Farm site.
Works started in May 2002, and involved the construction of a brand
new purpose built Visitors' Centre comprising a gift shop, café
and a lecture room/viewing gallery looking down onto a new covered
The Centre also has a purpose built veterinary box, as well a s
a farrier and recovery boxes and added stabling with the construction
of an American barn providing 29 extra loose boxes. A washdown room,
hay and straw barn, pony corrals and a crew yard, staff rest room,
residential accommodation, offices for the Centre Manager and his
supervisor complete the picture.