Hundreds turn out at Stoven to support Toft Monks horse charity

HORSES in the region have been benefiting from a charity day as part of the opening of a new equine veterinary clinic in Suffolk.

The Stoven Hall Equine Clinic and Rehabilitation Centre based at Stoven, opened today and has dedicated the afternoon to raising money for the Horse Rescue Fund, based in Toft Monks.

The clinic is the brainchild of local veterinary surgeon Sally Kidner, who was inspired by her love of the animal.

She qualified from Edinburgh Veterinary School in 1998 and has been in general practice ever since. In 2007 she was awarded the European School of Veterinary postgraduate studies, general practitioner certificate in equine practice.

'I have loved horses all my life,' she said.

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'There is something magical about the bond between horse and rider, and once you have discovered that magic you are hooked.

'As a horse owner myself I understand first hand the delicate balance of keeping our beloved horses fit and well.

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'Following five years of planning and design and 12 months of building work, the clinic is finally finished and fully equipped. I am so excited to be finally opening the doors and fulfilling my dream.'

As well as exploring the facilities at the clinic, visitors have also been enjoying a hog roast and taking part in a raffle and a 'guess the weight of your horse' competition.

Mrs Kidner added: 'It's gone really well and we've had lots of people come and give us their support. We've also done really well with the fundraising and it's lovely to help a local charity.'

The Horse Rescue Fund is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of needy horses, donkeys and ponies.

• The clinic opens for patients on Monday. For more information contact Sally Kidner on 01502 575901 or e-mail

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