THE MOVE FROM FRANCE TO DEVON
Sometimes life moves on and the path you thought was mapped out changes route. Who could have foreseen in 2007 when we made the move to France, a global pandemic and Brexit. 2020/21 has been very difficult for everyone but for Brantome Police Horses in France it has been devastating. Covid 19 obviously meant we have been closed to visitors since December 2019 and subsequently we have not had any income. A close family relative living with us in France was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis which meant that this year even though we could open we have had to choose to remain closed to keep her safe from the virus. Alison, my wife had a trip down the stairs and broke her arm and two fractures in her back, so standing and cooking cakes and scones all day for visitors is very difficult and then there was Brexit! We will no longer be able to bring Police horses to France and as this is our main cause, we feel that with all factors involved we should relocate the Police horses back to our sanctuary in Devon where they can continue their work as therapy horses and our excellent staff and volunteers will give them the best of care and love. This move was a very hard decision to make but one we now know is the best one. There will continue to be a few horses and ponies left at La Grange which Alison and I shall still continue to look after.
We would like to thank all our volunteers and the thousands of visitors that continued to visit, some for many years running and if you are ever in the area of Dartmoor in Devon, please contact us, we would love to show you around and for you to meet up with your favourites, Lewis, Johnny, Ranger, Gallipoli, Kingston and Guardian along with the two miniature donkeys, Harriet and Edward. And introduce you to the old residents of the Devon Horse & Pony Sanctuary.