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raised of £7,000 target by 142 supporters

    Weʼve raised £8,380 to buy 2 lorries of hay/1100 bales, essential vet supplies and field & shelter maintenance to get 35 rare breed Skyrian Horses through Winter!

    Funded on Thursday, 22nd November 2018

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    We are a group of volunteers reaching out to you on behalf of 35 endangered Skyrian horses and 2 non-Skyrian rescues. Amanda Simpson and Stathis Katsarelias have dedicated the last 13 years of their lives and everything they have to conserving this ancient and rare breed on the island of Skyros in Greece. We have exciting plans to create a membership association in the near future in order to support them long term, but right now resources are drying up and they are in desperate need of your help to continue to provide a home for these special horses.

    It takes at least 66 tonnes of hay per year, imported from mainland Greece, to feed the 35 Skyrians plus two other rescued horses. Other equipment and veterinary treatments that we take for granted in more developed countries – such as electric fencing, energisers, tetanus vaccinations, wormers, rugs, fly masks etc. – are very expensive and often difficult to access quickly. Amanda and Stathis also improve the welfare of other Skyrian horses on the island by being available for nursing support, worming as many of them as they can, educating local people, and in some instances rescuing or feeding emaciated horses. They also care for 2 rescue dogs (one found hanging from a tree, left to die) and 16 feral rescue cats.

    However, it is not just animals who find sanctuary at the farm. Volunteers who engage with the project find something they need here: personal development, a safe space, a break from modern society, an adventure, another family, a home away from home. The space fosters continuous learning through creativity and encourages people to connect with horses in an ethical and thoughtful way. Working on the farm allows people to experience life authentically as they observe the natural cycles of health and sickness, life and death, success and failure, hope and fear. It is a constant struggle with new challenges every day, but that’s what makes you feel alive.

    What’s more, the latest scientific research is showing how selective breeding over hundreds of years has changed the anatomy of modern breeds and is possibly causing a number of physical problems in horses. Scientists are now dissecting and researching primitive breeds, such as the Konik and the Przewalski's horse, that appear to have no skeletal/anatomical issues. The hope is that, with the results of this research, it will be possible to breed specifically to correct the anatomical failures in the modern sports horse. Therefore, conserving primitive breeds like the Skyrian horse is potentially crucial for the future of all our horses. (If interested, further information can be found here:

    The project relies entirely on donations and unpaid volunteers. We are raising £7000 to:

    - purchase 2 lorries of hay and a small lorry of oat straw (1100 bales x approx. £5 per bale)

    - purchase essential veterinary supplies such as colic medicine, anti-parasite control, veteran feeds and supplements for old horses, mineral blocks, fly sprays etc.

    - carry out essential maintenance on fences and field shelters which will ensure that stallions and mares are safely separated and protected

    - purchase good quality rugs for the older horses, to protect them with winter on its way.

    Each donation supports the Skyrian horses in Amanda and Stathis’ care to continue to thrive at the farm and preserves this special place for future volunteers. The project hasn’t had injection of capital since 2015 and consequently we have had very little money to spend on site maintenance. Therefore, any amount raised over our £7000 target will be set aside as extra funds towards further repairs and essential maintenance of the farm.

    Every person who donates will receive a thank you message via JustGiving and also a thank you on our Facebook page, Friends of the Skyrian Horse.

    Like our page ( to keep updated about life on the farm and our progress towards becoming a membership association. Send us a message via the page if you would like us to contact you when we are all set up!

    Every donation counts, big or small. If all our friends bought a bale of hay instead of a coffee on their way to work or a pint at the pub, together we’d be at least halfway or perhaps even all the way there…

    For further information about the project please visit:

    (Copyright of Friends of the Skyrian Horse and Skyros Island Horse Trust 2018)



    • Kathleen Davis4 years ago
      Kathleen Davis

      Kathleen Davis

      4 years ago

      We are reaching out to you to ask for a little help. Last year you so kindly supported our crowdfunder for the 34 critically endangered Skyrian horses in our care which we greatly appreciated. This Christmas we are hoping you might support us again and help us raise £3500 for 600 bales of essential hay to feed our herd through late winter into 2020. It is only through support like yours that our project is able to continue and these rare 🐴 are able to thrive. Thank you🙏 2019 campaign➡️

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    • Kathleen Davis5 years ago
      Kathleen Davis

      Kathleen Davis

      5 years ago

      Dear Skyrian Horse Angels, we'd like to share with you a recent article written about the project. It is part of a series of articles about people all over the world who work hard every day to make a difference. Thank you Becky Holladay for this wonderful piece which honours the work of Amanda and Stathis. Please follow the link below to read: With love and many thanks for your support of the project

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    • Kathleen Davis5 years ago
      Kathleen Davis

      Kathleen Davis

      5 years ago

      We value every penny we receive and a great deal of time and energy has gone into ensuring we have spent your donations in the most cost-effective ways. The project could not be run without your loyal support and your trust and belief in the work that Amanda, Stathis and the volunteers do in protecting this rare and special breed. We are extremely grateful for your continued support. Lots of love, the 36 four-leggeds and the two-leggeds xxxx We wish you a wonderful weekend wherever you are! Follow our Facebook page for more photos and news!

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    • Madita Reimer

      Madita Reimer

      Nov 22, 2018

      You guys are doing an amazing job! Much love and 1 more hay bale xoxo


    • Carey Combe

      Carey Combe

      Nov 22, 2018


    • Clive Darley

      Clive Darley

      Nov 22, 2018

      Hi KatieMatthew has told us of your work and enthusiasm. Hope this helps.regardsClive and Joelle

    • Skyros Holidays team

      Skyros Holidays team

      Nov 22, 2018

      With love and appreciation for all you do.... xxx


    • Emma Mills

      Emma Mills

      Nov 22, 2018

      Saving the Skyrian Horse in its homeland


    • Caroline Whalley

      Caroline Whalley

      Nov 22, 2018

    • Grange Cottage

      Grange Cottage

      Nov 21, 2018

      For a few more bales to help you through another winter and with my admiration for you both, Amanda and Stathi, and your wonderful enduring project.


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