Val Collingwood in 1973 wrote into RIDER magazine about the number of neglected horses in Australia and a way to help them. 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 readers 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.
The need for our existence is stronger than ever.
Project Hope Horse Welfare Victoria (PHHWV) is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming neglected or abused horses across Victoria.
With every horse Project Hope takes into its care the purpose is to find them their perfect forever home. Education and advocacy is also an important part of what we do.
The rescue program we run is unique, Project Hope has horse sanctuaries throughout Victoria, courtesy of our members that have the capacity
and horse experience to
offer short and long-term leases.
Project Hope is managed by a committee elected annually by our membership. As a registered charity, we’re income tax-exempt, therefore donations over $2 are tax-deductible.
We’re funded through memberships, donations, fundraising and bequests, and our volunteers who donate as well as provide in-kind support.
The generosity of our supporters allows us to run our horse rescue program. Thank you each and every one of you, all contributions are significant. The horses and ponies of Victoria thank you too.
We work with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). We both share the overall vision of equine safety which finds us combining our efforts to obtain the best outcome for horses and ponies in despair or jeopardy.
We are a member of the Australian Horse Industry Council (AHIC).