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Magi and John Duncan

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raised of £30,000 target by 594 supporters

Weʼre raising £30,000 to Help our Clydesdales future, the virus has been devastating to us we cannot work for our own income and we need raise £5000 per month

Blackstone Farm, Cumnock, East Ayrshire, KA183JJ

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Blackstone is home to 29 Clydesdale Horses, 1 Percheron, Bob the pig, Bubbles the Donkey, MiniMe the ram, Carlos and Hayden the Alpaca boys, the Highland girls and boys as well as all our feathered friends. The Clydesdales made their own living by inviting guest to visit, work, ride or drive them in harness. Since COVID-19 hit our shores our visitors have gone to zero. We need your HELP to survive until our Clydesdale Horses are able to make their own way in the world again. We are looking to raise £5000 every month we are closed to guests to keep all our feathered four legged family, fed, shoe'd and medicated. All moneys raised will go toward health and welfare of Blackstone Heavy Horses.

A little more about us

Here at Blackstone Farm we passionate about the Clydesdale horses. Our heroes, there ancestors, worked the land to keep us fed, fought in wars to seep us safe, and were there to pick us up when we were down.

We are not a charity but we are fundraising because of the devastating effects of the Corona Virus and Lockdown are having on us. Closing our gates to guests on 22nd March we lost all our revenue to fund the Clydesdales future and without your help, will will struggle to survive through to next winter.

We require the spring and summer income to support the Clydesdales through the winter in their forever home. As a 4th generation working highland beef farm with 29 Clydesdales, 1 Percheron, Bob the bore, Bubbles the donkey, Carlos and Hayden the Alpaca boys, and all our feathered friends, we just cant walk away and return when the crisis is over.

We opened Blackstone centre with one mission to share our passion and promote the workhorse of the world as ridden horses, where guests could see for themselves the versatility and magic of the Clydesdale Horse who can ride, drive, log, work on land and give comfort to those who need it, this also secured their future, a win win in anybody's book.

The Clydesdale Horse is a rare Scottish breed on the rare breeds survival trust [RBST] watch list as vulnerable with estimated 500-900 breeding mares, we are proud to be contributing towards increasing the numbers at Blackstone Farm with our breeding program then again we have 9 Clydesdales who are fully retired due to aged and health issues.

We offer guests from all over the world the opportunity to come and ride, drive, work, cuddle and visit the babies when they arrive, an experience for any age or ability, and unique to every person.

Our volunteers are just as passionate about Clydesdales as we are, which makes us blessed to have as many unsung heroes who love the Clydesdale Horses at the farm.

Any funds raised will be used solely towards the health, welfare, shoeing, feed and bedding of the Clydesdales.

We require a minimum of £5000 per month we are closed due to lock down, we are both humbled by our support so far which will cover Aprils bills. Other than donating money you can also help by purchasing vouchers for that special someone which can be used next year, or you can support the Clydesdales through our adoption or fostering program, where all details can be found on our website.

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  • Magi and John Duncan4 months ago
    Magi and John Duncan

    Magi and John Duncan

    4 months ago

    In our 4 month of lockdown John & I are so grateful for all your kind donations & I am sure the Clydesdales appreciate everything you are doing for them even if they can't tell you themselves. After receiving conformation today that we did not qualify for any grant funding for tourism, we are under no illusion that we would not sill be a family without your support. Going forward after the devastating news on the tourism grant we now find ourselves in a position of trying to fund our upcoming winter months & once again asking for your help.

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  • Magi and John Duncan5 months ago
    Magi and John Duncan

    Magi and John Duncan

    5 months ago

    Now into our 3rd month of lockdown we are super grateful of all our supporters who have donated to help us out, keeping in mind that everyone has their own struggles at this unusual time we all find ourselves in. We find ourself in a position going cap in hand to you our followers, passed guests, friends & family to help us survive the lockdown. With no current date for reopening we are planning ahead for the winter months using your kind donations for feed, bedding & medication. We can’t thank u enough for your support keep safe. John & Magi

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  • Magi and John Duncan6 months ago
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    Magi and John Duncan

    6 months ago

    We can't thank your supporters enough, thank you, thank you, thank you. Highflyer also thanks you, he is daddy to Dutchess, Duke, Eden and Fern, and hopefully some wee brothers and sisters will join them next year. Highflyer is 9year old on 18th May, he is our riding stallion who is currently loving the sunshine but missing his special visitors who give him lots of cuddles scratches and treats. As we are on unlock down for another 3 weeks which will take us into our 3 month please keep helping, Love Highflyer & all the Blackstone Family

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Page last updated on: 8/3/2020 21.11



  • jeni


    Aug 3, 2020

    hang on in there lovely peoplexxx

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    Aug 2, 2020

  • Anonymous


    Jul 27, 2020

    Good luck with your 1st August opening!


  • Anonymous


    Jul 21, 2020

    Beautiful horses. Hope to visit one day in the future. Keep up your fab work.


  • Kirsty Richardson

    Kirsty Richardson

    Jul 17, 2020

    For your lovely beasties xx


  • Dena


    Jul 11, 2020

    Just hang in there xx


  • Bob P

    Bob P

    Jul 9, 2020

    Bless you for taking care of these wonderful animals. You are doing tough work but enjoyable too. I know because I have 2 of my own. 35 gallons of water each per day and tons of hay.


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Magi and John Duncan

Magi and John Duncan

Blackstone Farm, Cumnock, East Ayrshire, KA183JJ

Blackstone centre was established to secure a way to care for our Scottish rare breed family, by giving everybody a chance to experience the Clydesdale horse magic, learn about their lives on the farm and witness first hand these magnificent animals, in their forever home.

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