Jenny Seagrove

Jenny Seagrove
Photo by Kate Lloyd

We are delighted that Jenny has agreed to being one of our Judges for this year’s photographic competition “A World of Unfairness”

Jenny is a well known English actress who first came to attention playing the lead in a television dramatisation of Barbara Taylor Bradford’s ‘A Woman of Substance’

Since then she has appeared regularly on TV, on Film and in the Theatre

But she has another very important role. In August 2011 she founded the ‘Mane Chance Sanctuary’ after receiving a call from a acquaintance who was no longer able to financially care for her animals. It subsequently led to the formation of the charity later that year. This, in her own words, is how the charity has grown from that crisis to what it is today.

“When the sanctuary was started 5 years ago, it was borne out of crisis. A group of about 80 animals were in trouble as their owner had totally run out of money. As the the first year progressed and the dust settled all but 20 horses were rehomed and a shape began to inform. A pretty unique way of looking after the horses was put in place and a care routine based on real regard and observation of the horses, on every level. We do not believe in negative dominance but rather positive reinforcement, working at the horses pace.

We have always known that horses are special in terms of the horse human connection, and we started visiting ‘The Shooting Star Hospice’, with our little Shetland ponies. The moments of joy that some of their very sick young children got from those visits were breathtaking.

We then expanded and grew our facilities so that ‘The Chase’ could visit us on site, and now have a Respite Barn in place so that if they want, they can visit 365 days a year.

Alongside ‘The Chase’ visits, we have a group from JIGSAW+ .. SPECIAL NEEDS YOUNG ADULTS – who visit us once a week to work at the Sanctuary, doing gardening, painting, odd jobs, poo picking and light grooming. It is again joyous to see their confidence grow as the months go buy. Little Shetland ponies

we run a Duke of Edinburgh scheme every Saturday and are also now putting together a Programme called ‘Chance2Be’ which will be tailored for 14-18 year olds who need something extra to give them the tools of coping in our modern world. ‘Chance2Be’ is a Mindfulness Programme with the horses at its heart.

Our vision for the future is to develop and then refine the ‘C2Be’ Programme over the next couple of years, build on the other work we do and expand the charity by setting up other rescue and therapeutic centres in other locations across the South East. By helping the horses, we help ourselves. Help us help them!

Our ethos at the sanctuary is of care, compassion, empathy and non-judgement. FOUR LEGS OR TWO!”