We have a highly committed team of staff, trustees and 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.
“I have been Sanctuary Manager since February 2019. My employment background has been health and social care, but my heart has always been with animals, especially equines. I am very lucky to have the opportunity to work for Hope Pastures, and the amazing equines we rescue.”
“I joined Hope Pastures in 2000, aged 19, as a volunteer caring for pigs and chickens and was subsequently employed as a groom. Four years later I became Yard Manager.
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.
I’m currently the sanctuary’s Welfare Co-ordinator, enhancing external work, focusing on welfare and setting up of new procedures and projects.”
” I am the re-homing and welfare coordinator working in North and East Yorkshire. I have many years’ experience working with all different types of horses including riding, instruction and in rescue and behaviour training. “
“I started at Hope Pastures in January 2020 as head of horse health. I am loving my time here. It is so wonderful to see the difference our work makes to the equines in our care. ”
“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.”
“I work at Hope Pastures two days a week doing yard work and showing visitors around. I enjoy spending time with the donkeys. In my free time I run my dog boarding kennels and look after all my rescued animals.”
“I started volunteering in 2015 and was lucky enough to get a job working on the yard in 2018. I particularly like working with the big horses and training the equines using positive reinforcement.”
” I was a Saturday yard volunteer for about 2 years before becoming a part-time member of staff. I enjoy working outdoors, chatting with our many visitors and getting to know the animals – Coco and Banjo are particular favourites.”
” I became a volunteer before taking up a part time position as a member of the yard team. I love being part of the Hope pastures team, helping looking after our rescues and giving them a better chance in their future life.”
” I started working at Hope Pastures in January 2019. I previously worked in horse racing, breeding and riding out. I have extensive experience with horses and have grown to love the horses here. ”
” I was born and have always lived in Leeds. I’ve spent every possible moment around horses and ponies, working in riding schools, livery yards and loaning and rescuing ponies.
Eventually I owned my own three ex-racehorses and enjoyed many years of pleasure rides with them.
I’ve also rescued and cared for many injured or abandoned creatures including cats, dogs, rabbits and even newts.”
” I’ve been involved in animal welfare for many years and joined Hope Pastures in 2016. I work part time in the office and I am often the first point of contact for general enquiries, dealing with a diverse range of administrative jobs.”
” 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, I want to do what I can to redress the balance. I do my bit by looking after the Hope Pastures Corporate groups, maintenance, website, graphics and posters, and the charity’s IT. ”
” I’m one of the Trustees who originally took over the running of the sanctuary when it was in crisis in 2004. At the time we had 16 equines and only two weeks’ worth of money to keep them! It was immensely hard work then, just scraping together the money to look after the animals we had ‘inherited’.
Since that time we’ve been lucky enough to receive a lot of support and the sanctuary is now responsible for over 100 horses, ponies and donkeys, mostly now re-homed in forever homes, with their own families and a fulfilling and varied life.
It’s still tough, but now it’s all about raising money to rescue even more animals. Because of the hard work of the Hope Pastures’ team, we have very few overheads and 95p of every £1 donated to us is spent directly on the horses, which means we make all the money donated to us work as hard as possible to give desperate animals a new start and a new life.”
” I’ve been a Hope Pastures’ Trustee for many years, with particular responsibility for staff recruitment and support. As a retired fundraiser, I also advise on all aspects of Hope Pastures’ income generation.”
” Having adopted ‘Simon’ in 1996, I came back into contact with the sanctuary when I fostered 2 ponies in 2011. I joined the HP team in 2013, in my ‘perfect job’ – bringing my extensive marketing experience to a cause close to my heart.”