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£8,380raised 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 Davis1 month ago
      Kathleen Davis

      Kathleen Davis

      1 month ago

      BIG THANK YOU also to Skyrian Horse Angel Sina Bambina who sent us these wonderful gifts of veterinary supplies! This is a huge help and means we have more resources to deal with injuries, illnesses and emergencies. Our homeopathy cupboard is now restocked and we have received lots of other vet products too. Bless all you Skyrian Horse Angels!

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    • Kathleen Davis1 month ago
      Kathleen Davis

      Kathleen Davis

      1 month ago

      8 TURNOUT RUGS NOW ARRIVED just as ANOTHER horrendous storm is descending on Skyros - our older ponies are really benefiting from this protection against the relentless bad weather. Photos from one of the very rare sunny spells! A HUGE THANK YOU to you amazing #skyrianhorseangels because this was only possible thanks to your donations! It was a battle to get the rugs here but now they are providing wonderful respite. For the full story head to our Facebook page "Friends of the Skyrian Horse". Pony fashion show models Astrapi and Meli <3

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    • Kathleen Davis3 months ago
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      3 months ago

      HOORAY FOR HAY! Today Santa’s big white sleigh delivered an early Christmas present of 500 bales (11 tonnes!) of hay to our Skyrian Horses. A HUGE THANK YOU to all you Skyrian Horse Angels who donated to our crowdfunder - your donations enabled us to buy this lorry of hay and will pay for another one in the spring, as well as other much needed supplies. We are so very grateful to all of you who helped make this happen and have helped safeguard the future of our project with this critically-endangered breed. Thank you so much, Ευχαριστώ πολύ!

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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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