It’s time to cast your vote for your favourite Hero of the Horse. You may vote once a day, from now until September 15th. Please spread the word and help recognize the efforts of these exceptional horse people.
The winner’s story will be featured in the November/December issue of Horse Canada and they will receive a trophy, along with $2,000 to continue their work. PLUS, Canadian Saddlery will donate 12 blankets of any size (234 Goliath Regular Neck Turnout or 235 Mid Neck Turnouts) – a $2,100 value!
Netta LeDrew operates the Newfoundland Pony Sanctuary on Change Islands in Newfoundland. She does not get paid for her work, and the group runs strictly on donations and volunteer involvement.
For nearly 15 years, Netta has devoted her time to the sanctuary in hopes of preserving the Newfoundland Pony, descended from the ponies of early settlers hundreds of years ago. It’s estimated there are currently only 400 Newfoundland Ponies in the world, with less than 100 of those in Newfoundland itself. But, with only 200-250 of breeding age and ability, the they are still considered critically endangered.
A breeding program was initiated when the sanctuary was established in 2005, with the cooperation of the Newfoundland Pony Society. The first equine member was Prince, purchased from Fogo Island by sanctuary founder Beverly Stevens. After that, more ponies arrived including rescues, donations and nine of their own foals – the first born in 2006. Now, there are 12 ponies, 10 of which belong to Netta and two boarders.
By breeding these ponies, Netta is doing her best to increase their numbers, keeping the province’s first heritage animal alive. She and her fellow volunteers strive to educate the public on the history of the breed and their fine qualities. They offer guided tours of the sanctuary and serve as a destination for group functions and parties. They accept donations of money and supplies. Ponies are available for adoption, or can be sponsored and remain at the sanctuary.