Video: Horses return to Pakefield Riding School after being evacuated overnight

The horses at Pakefield riding school return home after being evacuated because of possible flooding.

Tess Hardy with Whitsun the pony and Harriet Womack, Abbey Parker and Dean Pettipierre from Broadland Equestrian Centre. The horses at Pakefield riding school return home after being evacuated because of possible flooding. Tess Hardy with Whitsun the pony and Harriet Womack, Abbey Parker and Dean Pettipierre from Broadland Equestrian Centre.

Friday, December 6, 2013
4:40 PM

Animal lovers rallied round to evacuate 30 horses from Pakefield Riding School last night following warnings that the site could be flooded by the tidal surge.

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Tess Hardy, who owns the riding school in Carlton Road, posted a plea for help on Facebook after police advised her to move the animals for their own safety.

Mrs Hardy and her staff had only a few hours to evacuate the horses before the high tide hit Lowestoft.

At least 35 people came forward to help move the animals to higher ground at Ride and Drive in Henstead, Broadland Equestrian in Barnby and Sprat’s Water in Carlton Colville, and settle them in to their overnight accommodation.

Mrs Hardy, 82, said: “The police came yesterday afternoon and we started moving them at 5.30pm.

“We put a message on Facebook to ask for anyone that could help with trailers or horse boxes.

“The response was amazing and I would like to thank everybody that helped. They were so kind.

“To move 30 horses is quite a challenge.

“They can’t just walk away like people. They have to be boxed and put in trailers and driven away.”

Once the horses were moved, Mrs Hardy visited them to give them a Polo mint and check they were settled in for the night.

Fortunately the flood waters did not reach the riding school last night but came dangerously close.

Mrs Hardy added: “We got told by police that we could get flooded so we had to take heed of what they said.

“We appreciate how much help we had over this very stressful period.”

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