More sad news has come from Epsom RDA following reports of an attack on their ponies last month on 15 August. Buffy and Marigold were at the focus of reports following serious injury. Thankfully, both ponies have now improved considerably and have been able to have some much needed time in the field while they continue to be monitored by vets. Sam, a 19year old gelding who was on livery with Epsom RDA and is international para rider Wing Bo Chan’s horse was also a victim of the attack.
He was an amazing horse and took Bo to eight Olympic qualifiers for the Hong Kong team. They travelled all over Europe competing, Sam was her teacher and best friend throughout. They also competed in the UK under the Epsom RDA banner at para competitions
Epsom RDA chairman Stella Milne said: “With broken hearts we have to share the news that Sam was put to sleep on 12 September, as a direct consequence of the injuries to his point of shoulder and bursa tendon and the infection and septicaemia which followed”.
Bo is a hugely valued volunteer and Trustee at Epsom RDA and the gentle Sam was much loved by all who met him.
Epsom RDA has had a challenging month, a situation that no voluntary run charity should have to contemplate. Some light shines in the darkness though, with volunteers, riders, locals and the wider equestrian community pulling together, in order to continue to bring joy to many RDA riders’ lives.
“We have been encouraged by the generosity of your donations and by your words of support at this difficult time. It has been heartening to hear how much Epsom RDA means to so many people far and wide”.
Surrey Police have confirmed, “No arrests have been made at this time due to insufficient evidence and the case has now been filed pending any further information coming to light.” Anyone with information should phone 101 and quote reference PR/45180087498.
A funding page has been set up to support Bo in meeting Sam’s veterinary bills