A Dartmoor couple have secured their Clydesdale horses a new home thanks to the overwhelming response to their Crowdfunder appeal ‘A Place To Call Home.’
Tim Ancrum and Aileen Ware are based at Brimpts in the heart of Dartmoor where they run Adventure Clydesdale which provides horse back riding experiences across the moor.
When the barn from which they operate their business was needed for the farm, they launched an appeal in the hope they’d raise enough money for a new building at Brimpts rather than disperse their 11 horses. The response has been incredible with more than £30,000 raised so far, beating their initial £25,000 target.
Tim said: “We have been quite staggered and are so grateful to each and every one of our supporters.
The couple are passionate about championing Clydesdales which are classified as vulnerable by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. And while the gentle giants are better known for the crucial role they played in shaping the British landscape they are also incredibly agile and have proved the perfect conveyance across the moors.
Tim said: “Numbers of Clydesdales are very low both in the UK and world wide and there is a strong possibility that they will shortly be just confined to the history books.
“Our belief is that we can prove what special and valuable horses they are by introducing people to riding and working with them and doing this in the exceptional natural environment of Dartmoor National Park. The work of ourselves and others has increased the popularity of Clydesdales as well as heightening public awareness of their plight. The value of Clydesdales has improved with increased demand making it more viable to breed them.”
Now Tim and Aileen have increased their target to £48,000 which will enable them to create an education facility and provide further opportunities in their goal of championing the Clydesdale breed.
The Crowdfunder closes on March 10.