We have a highly committed team of staff, trustees and over 100 dedicated volunteers.
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Our staff who look after Hope Pastures and its residents everyday
Our trustees who provide support and hard work as well!
Our truly wonderful volunteers
We have over 100 dedicated volunteers, all of whom contribute to helping the animals, whether mucking out, running our visitor centre, helping with group visits, mending fences or supporting events and shows. Without them Hope Pastures couldn’t rescue and care for all the animals we do. It’s often difficult to get these highly altruistic people to ‘come forward and be recognised’ in a public forum such as this, but we hope to have a selection of their details and stories on this site soon…….
In the meantime – what some of them say about volunteering at Hope Pastures:
Ellis Cook I love coming to volunteer at Hope Pastures. I love it because the people are so friendly and approachable and I find being round the horses relaxes me. I love going and spending the day and getting to know some amazing animals its almost like having horse for the day.
Lauren Dennis I volunteer because I can’t imagine being anywhere else, although it’s not paid I view it as a part time job that I love. I couldn’t imagine working on a yard where there were no rescues and they weren’t saving horses lives.
Joel Ireland I volunteer because it makes me feel good knowing that I am helping to improve a horses life.
Lesley Raine It’s a joy and a privilege to be around the horses, the other volunteers, the wonderfully skilled and committed staff and the caring visitors and supporters and to be able to contribute to the life and work of the sanctuary. Hope is compassion in action. Enough. I’m off to knit a horse… x
Charli B MC I am happy to come to Hope Pastures. I am relaxed when I am around the horses. I do mucking out and I do grooming. I do the whole bunch really and I am glad I got the opportunity to have the experience. I really enjoy coming here. Thanks Hope Pastures for the opportunity. Staff are really useful as well.
Sophie – Yard Manager
I have worked at Hope Pastures since I was 19 when I started out as a Sunday Volunteer. I have since learned everything about horse rescue from experience and it has been a life changing journey for me. It is one that I feel so lucky to have been on and I’ve met lots of amazing animals and people along the way. My favourite part of my role is rescuing and bringing to safety neglected animals and seeing them blossom with all of the care and commitment they get here. I also love grooming and training, especially because these two things can make a previously neglected and frightened horse into a totally different animal with time, love and patience.
Sue – Full Time Yard Staff
I’ve worked at Hope Pastures for many years, my role has changed over the years as the sanctuary has expanded but I now spend most of my time on the yard. I enjoy training with the animals, especially those who are nervous and watching their trust grow in people. Most recently I’ve been working with Banjo picking up his feet, he’s very timid due to his past and I’m very proud of his progress. During my free time I enjoy walking my dog and spending time with my many cats.
Emma – Maternity leave
I have been working at Hope Pastures since June 2013 and I have loved every minute of it. This is because I know I am changing a horses or donkeys life and changing it for the better. I also like seeing the horses and donkeys in a loving new home and helping them get better, Hope Pastures is a great place to be and be apart of. My favourite horse is Maggie as I have a soft spot for cobs and she’s so gentle and likes everyone, she also has a very chilled temperament so she is not nervous or boisterous in any way.In September 2014 after completing her college course Emma began working full time at Hope Pastures as our apprentice.
Val – Part Time Yard Staff
I work at Hope Pastures two days a week doing yard work and showing visitors around. I enjoy spending time with the Donkeys most, especially Peanut. In my free time I run my dog boarding kennels and look after all my rescued animals.
Bev – Weekend Staff
I started helping at children’s Pony Days in 2007 and had so much fun teaching the children all about our delightful ponies that I am still part of this team and now help run some of the days. In 2011 I joined the staff and work one day each weekend, I really enjoy this as I get to know all the residents and help look after them which so rewarding and a privilege. I am also part of the DIY team that mends fences, builds sheds and fixes whatever needs fixing.
Apparently in Greek, Philip means ‘lover of horses’ so maybe it was fate that I should be involved with the sanctuary. The reason I feel why our work is so important can be found on our ‘Who and why’ page, but can can be summarised by saying that the horse has done so much for mankind, carrying us and our goods, carrying us into battle, pulling our carts, ploughing our land, the list just goes on and on… I want to do what I can to take care of these animals now mankind has moved on and is neglecting these wonderful creatures now the are no longer required. I do my bit by looking after the Hope Pastures Corporate groups, maintenance, website, graphics and posters, and the charity’s IT.
Jax – (Part time assistant manager)
I am a lifelong horse lover, coming to Hope Pastures from Texas USA. My position is Assistant Yard Manager working alongside Sophie in equine care and rehabilitation. I also takes on the role of volunteer coordinator and will recruit, support and train volunteers who want to work on the yard alongside our yard team . I am is a certified instructor through PATH intl with a passion for individuals with special needs and has worked with rescue horses, particularly Off The Track Thoroughbreds.
Although having a job interview on my 21st birthday was not the way I planned to celebrate, I am happy to announce that I now have a full time, equine behaviour based job at Hope Pastures! Aspiring to be an equine behaviourist and having worked at Hope Pastures part time since I was 16, I couldn’t think of a better way or place to spend my time.
No budget, no staff and limited resources – not a great advert, but what looked like ‘my dream role’ when I
tentatively followed this up has proven to be the case. Being lucky enough to help equines have a second chance in
life, thanks to the dedication of the team at the sanctuary and our amazing supporters, is an honour; and to see
animals which have been abused and neglected able to start to trust humans again and have a ‘fulfilling’ and ‘useful’ life is humbling. On the other side of the coin, I’ve been amazed at how satisfying the therapeutic work we do with humans is as well. All in all, we’re very lucky to be part of something this special.
I was immensely privileged to become a Trustee of Hope Pastures and to play a small part in helping to rebuild this wonderful charity – both literally and financially. Although I don’t have much spare time I have lots of contacts, so if I don’t know how to do or provide something, I usually know someone who does – usually without charge! My full time job is Head of Fundraising at Martin House Children’s Hospice and I am President of the Rotary Club of Leeds this year (see what I mean about time!) but my heart belongs to the wonderful horses and donkeys who arrive at Hope Pastures having been neglected, abused and abandoned. The transformation we make to their lives is outstanding and our proudest (although saddest as well) moments are when they leave us, fit and well, and go to a loving forever home.
I have been a Trustee since 2010. Living locally and having a passion for horses, I have been interested in Hope Pastures since it was known as Tether’s End. I worked for Hope Pastures in early 2010 to cover a staff illness and loved my time there working in such a lovely environment with like-minded animal lovers. I have had my own horse, my beloved Jonjo, who was an Irish Draught cross. During my time with Jonjo, I helped on the livery yard where he was kept and gained knowledge of horses and I am still learning to this day. My role as a Hope Pastures Trustee is varied – I love being “hands on” with the animals on the yard and I also deal with local issues, help Karen at Pony Days, go to off-site events, organise at Corporate Volunteer Days and do general fundraising work.