July 2016



Dear Member


It is amazing how time flies! Half the year has sped by us and we wish to update you on the Trust and our affiliated Units’ activities.


Our sincere thanks to all our members who have already renewed their membership, your loyal support is highly valued. To those members who generously and kindly included additional donations, our heartfelt appreciation!


We also received great donations from some of our life members and other individuals and a very special thank you to you, we cannot tell you what a difference you make! If you have not received your annual renewal reminder, please contact us so that we can re send it to you.


We really need to increase our membership numbers to ensure that we have a reliable source of income and we ask that you please encourage one other person in your family or social circle to become a member. We thank you in advance for your assistance in this.


We would also like to remind you that the My Village Card is an excellent way of supporting the Trust, without any cost to yourself, so if you do not have a card or you can perhaps kindly encourage someone to obtain this card, we would be very grateful to you. The contact number is 086010045 for obtaining the card, with the National Horse Trust as beneficiary.


Our annual race day is scheduled for Saturday, 20 August 2016 in the Aquanaut Room at Turffontein Race Course. This is the biggest and most fun event of the year and we invite you to join us for a wonderful day at the races. The invitation is on our website and you can also contact us at the office or via email. We look forward to seeing you there!


We mentioned previously in our newsletters that the Highveld Horse Care Unit had been dealing with the illegal slaughter of donkeys in Benoni for some time and due to their persistence and investigations, Stock Theft SAPS has been enabled to open a case against one individual in Benoni and 57 donkeys on his property being confiscated. Well done!

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Many congratulations to the Coastal Horse Care Unit on the completion of the building of the training centre! Many supporters and role players attended the handing over and naming ceremony by the MEC of Treasury for KZN. The Centre will be known as Emahhashini Training Centre. The MEC made a further commitment to assist in equipping the training centre and as soon as this is completed, the training of rural horse owners will commence. This Unit’s work with rural horses and their owners has truly gone from strength to strength and we commend them for the difference they are making in many horses’ lives.

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As you know, the Eastern Cape Horse Care Unit has an outreach programme in Transkei and their work there are also paying off with vastly improved conditions of welfare for these horses. The communities are fully supportive of the Unit’s involvement and very grateful for their assistance. Well done!

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We once again would like to remind owners of horses in training that the new NHA rule is in effect and we ask that owners please take this seriously and adhere to the rule, as it is for the benefit of the welfare of each Thoroughbred once its racing career is over.