HorseWorld were faced with the unavoidable decision to cancel their biggest fundraising event of the year on Saturday. Severe storms, wind and rain meant that the charity’s annual open day couldn’t safely go ahead.

HorseWorld care for over one hundred rescued horses, ponies and donkeys on their farm in Whitchurch on the outskirts of Bristol. The annual open day is an opportunity for supporters to see behind the scenes and get up close to the rehabilitated equines.

However, on Friday, as the torrential rain pelted down for hour upon hour and the threat of thunder, lightening and high winds loomed closer, the team had to make the decision to pull the plug on the event.

“The Open Day is a major fundraiser for HorseWorld and this was not a decision taken lightly but with severe weather warnings in the Bristol area our highest priority was the safety of our staff, horses and our visitors.” Said HorseWorld’s Head of Engagement, Sara Rutherford. “We hope to reschedule the Open Day and would urge anyone interested in coming along to keep an eye on the events page of the HorseWorld website.”