Rescuing and re-homing equines since 1974

The Sanctuary

When the existing trustees took over the running of the sanctuary in 2004, the site was dilapidated, scruffy and very unsafe.

Since then much effort has been put into improving the site, both for the animals and our visitors, and we’re pleased to say that today we have an attractive, welcoming environment, where you can visit and spend time with the animals in safety and comfort.

Our visitor centre opened in 2012 and this enables us to run lots of group activities and to provide refreshments and information for visitors when it’s open to the public at weekends.


Recognition by others

Proud to be the chosen charity 2019 for:


Hope Pastures was selected as a Bramham Horse Trials’ Official Charity for 2017, in recognition of the ongoing contribution the sanctuary makes to equine welfare.
2015 Hope Pastures became a member of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC).
Hope Pastures was selected as a BETA International ‘chosen charity’ for 2015-16, further evidence of industry support for the work done at the sanctuary.
2015 Sophie Kendrick was nominated for the Petplan Animal Charity Employee of the Year Award and Hope Pastures was nominated for the Animal Charity Team of the Year Award.
Your Horse Magazine – Equine Charity of the Year 2011
February 26th 2010 We were very proud when one of our longest-serving volunteers, Jim O’Neil, was the winner of the Leeds’ Year of Volunteering Environments, Parks & Wildlife Award. Jim comes to the sanctuary every morning to help the yard staff water the horses and deal with the odd jobs around the place. The wild birds that visit Hope Pastures also appreciate all that Jim does as he tops up all the bird feeders everyday through the long winter months.
Hope Pastures IFAW Animal Action Awards Winner 2007
December 2007 Sophie Kendrick, our yard manager, was selected by the BEF (British Equestrian Federation) as one of 7 finalists in the Groom of the Year competition. Sophie was recognised for the work that she had done over the years. She deserves to be nominated for such a prestigious award in recognition of her dedication and commitment to animal welfare. Sophie said ” the part of the job I love most is seeing the horses get back to their full health”. Well done Sophie!!