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To: Kennet Valley Driving Group Trustees

Save Perrine A Beautiful Comtois Carriage Horse

13/04/18 We Won!

With amazing support we brought pressure to bear and achieved our aim.
Thank you.

Save Perrine A Beautiful Comtois Carriage Horse

Revoke their decision to kill Perrine and allow her to go into retirement at Hillside Animal Sanctuary in Norfolk.

Why is this important?

Because she is being made a 'scapegoat'.
It is unethical to take her life after she has served faultlessly for 10 years.
Human error led to the incidents that occurred. She does not deserve to pay with her life.

Wiltshire, Marlborough

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2018-04-13 08:27:57 +0100

Petition is successful with 3,556 signatures

2018-04-12 16:53:52 +0100

Statement (abridged) from Trustees
I wanted to let you know as soon as possible that the trustees have decided not to euthanise Perrine.
The trustees will be meeting to agree the final details of this, but now feel we can reconsider our original decision and focus on finding the right home for Perrine with someone who is willing to acknowledge and manage the risks involved.
We have received several good offers of potential homes, and hope to have her settled somewhere suitable as soon as possible. We will let you know when this has happened.
This has been a difficult time for everyone involved, and I am glad that we have been able to bring this to a close with a positive outcome.
Gillian Fallon,
Kennet Valley Driving Group RDA

2018-04-10 15:03:07 +0100

A Professor of Criminal Law at the London School of Economics writes:-

"…as I see it the trustees are being over cautious. The reasons for this may be two-fold:
1. In law you cannot exclude liability for death or serious injury simply by passing the ‘dangerous’ item to someone else, with appropriate disclaimers. It all depends on the circs.

2. In an unreported case a few months ago, a former owner was held liable for a death/injury caused when the new owner’s child rode the horse without realising it had a tendency to bolt.

However, crucial in 2 was the fact that the former owner did not tell the new owner about the horse’s tendency. In our case, the trustees can and would make a full disclosure to the sanctuary (who in any event know the history).

So, I do not think that there is anything other than the remotest risk of legal liability, which should really be discounted."

2018-04-10 13:00:36 +0100

Kennet Valley Driving Group Members have requested that an EGM be called.
Watch this space for the date. We will post this as soon as we hear.

2018-04-09 12:59:37 +0100


Gillian Fallon Chair
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Maggie Lewis Secretary
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Caroline Mitchell Trustee
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Leonie Brown Trustee
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Annie Reeve Trustee
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Anne Oliver Treasurer
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Trish Gange Trustee
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2018-04-08 11:35:00 +0100

Patrick Eyre, a well respected barrister and High Court Judge and previous horse owner, said in his statement on the petition that if an official agreement is signed then all responsibility is absolved.

2018-04-08 11:06:54 +0100

Alison Andre wrote:-
I helped with this group for many years, firstly with their driving activities and latterly with fund raising. Perrine is a beautiful, gentle girl, and is no danger in hand or in the field. She simply got scared in an incident with a motorist. She has been offered a retirement home with an experienced animal sanctuary, but instead the trustees want to have her pts. I can only hope, that people I used to respect, will do the right thing and change their decision.

2018-04-07 12:21:45 +0100

Time is running short.
If you haven't already emailed the Chair of Trustees for KVDG, please do so now....
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2018-04-07 12:19:54 +0100

Dame Elizabeth Neville, DBE, QPM, DL, previous High Sheriff of Wiltshire and former Chief Constable of Wiltshire, signs to save Perrine!
Thank you for your support.

2018-04-05 21:46:48 +0100

"I can say that a large number of our wounded, injured and sick beneficiaries have hugely benefitted from the afternoons they have spent with your wonderful horses and volunteers and the sessions are always met with enthusiasm. Spending time with horses can be very therapeutic for a number of individuals, especially those suffering from mental illness and the calming effect of all the horses that you use is clear to see. I can only assume that Perrine was very instrumental in making these afternoons a great success and she deserves a relaxed retirement and caring future as thanks for the dedication and important work she has offered over the years.
We wish you all the best with the outcome for her future."

2018-04-03 23:47:57 +0100

The Trustees are due to meet next week. ( week beginning) 9th April.

2018-04-01 14:01:08 +0100

Whoa! What a response to the petition!
Over 2000 signatures and rising all the time.
The sole intention of the petition is to save Perrine's life, not to destroy the Kennet Valley Driving Group. So..........please, Trustees, give an immediate assurance that on reconvening you will revoke the decision of 29/03/18 whererin you voted for Perrine's destruction.

2018-03-31 15:54:40 +0100

Statement from Ed Bracher RDA UK
.....No action will be taken to euthanise Perri e in the immediate term. The Trustees will reconvene to discuss the issue further, taki g into account tve strong feelings-on both sides.......

2018-03-31 11:51:53 +0100

Wow....what an amazing response in less than 24 hours.
Let's hope that this will result in a change of heart.
See the link below for video of Perrine

2018-03-31 08:45:25 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2018-03-30 22:16:42 +0100

500 signatures reached

2018-03-30 19:34:48 +0100

100 signatures reached

2018-03-30 18:47:11 +0100

50 signatures reached

2018-03-30 17:57:37 +0100

25 signatures reached

2018-03-30 17:27:22 +0100

10 signatures reached