Jasper Roy takes the cake
JASPER Roy, an ex-racehorse rescued from a Mallanganee property last year after nearly starving to death, will celebrate his birthday this Sunday.
Today is the birthday of all Southern Hemisphere horses and Roy notches up another well-earned birthday, reaching the grand old age of 22.
Since his rehabilitation by RSPCA inspector Alistair Hills, Roy has made his mark on the hearts of all who ride him at his new home at the Riding for Disabled Association's Ballina and District Centre.
Centre secretary and senior riding coach Kerry Johnston said Roy had become a favourite of riders at the centre.
“Three-year-olds ride him, teenagers and adults. He is so gentle,” she said.
“I can tell Roy loves it too.
“He is a very people-oriented horse, and he has won all our hearts.
“Roy has the ability to communicate with us.
“He moves freely forward with a quiet energy.”
Mrs Johnston said Roy was chosen to represent all the horses at the centre to receive the horses' birthday cake on Sunday when the centre will host an open day.
The open day will be held from 1pm to 3pm at the centre at 75 North Teven Road, North Teven.
“We have 14 horses here at the centre and 50 registered riders,” said Mrs Johnston.
“One of our young riders has ridden many of the horses, but since riding Roy she has made him her horse of choice.
“They are a good team.”
Roy was discovered starving in a paddock at Mallanganee in January last year and his owner, Trevor McDonald was fined $18,587 in Casino Local Court in February this year.
McDonald was charged with neglect of an animal in his care.
At the time Mr Hills rescued Roy he described him as a 'bag of bones'.
Mrs Johnston said when Roy first arrived at the centre staff were content to care for him and allow him an easy life and not put him to work.
“He had problems with his feet, but our farrier looked after him well and now he is one of the riders' favourites,” she said.
“He just loves being with people.”
“Everyone is welcome to meet Roy and all the other horses at our open day on Sunday.”
For more information call Kerry at the centre on 6687 8580.