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Horse welfare is our focus

We are a non-profit organisation, committed to providing hope for equines through
education, rehabilitation and advocacy.

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The Project Hope story

How it all began 

Val Collingwood in 1976 wrote into RIDER magazine about the number of neglected horses in Australia and provided a solution. Her idea was to co-ordinate the rescue and rehabilitation of horses subjected to maltreatment or abuse. 

Val had a name too, Project Hope, in memory of a mistreated buck-jumper she tried to save. She gave him the name “Hope.’ but sadly he died three weeks later from a massive worm infestation at the tender age of three.

Val’s letter resonated with RIDER's audience and the scheme was loosely organised by districts with Val leading the charge. It took flight and in 1993 became a registered charity with the name Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria. The logo features Val and Hope.

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What we do

Educate on horse welfare

Advise and support owners

Investigate horse neglect and abuse 

Rehabilitate neglected Horses

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