The Ukrainian equestrians and their horses urgently need help to survive and sustain hope through these terrible tragic times.
“Help us to stand for our country and for our values! Being an equestrian means a unique bond between horse and human built on trust. Our commitment to the welfare of our horses is strong at all times and without compromising.”Mykhaylo Parkhomchuk, General Secretary of the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation
There are more than 100 000 horses in Ukraine, many of the horses are caught up in the war, with no possibility to flee and seek safety, with no shelter and care. Horse owners, riding schools, athletes, breeders, and professionals are in desperate conditions without any resources of saving their horses. By making donation or offering help, you will provide the Ukrainian equestrian community a hope for a better future and save lives of the Ukrainians and their loved ones.
The Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation (registered in Belgium) with the assistance from the FEI (International Equestrian Federation) and EEF (European Equestrian Federation) is supporting the Ukrainian horse owners, riding schools, athletes, equestrian clubs, stables and professionals. We give needs-based assistance on the ground, including assisting with relocation of horses, offering shelter stabling, sourcing food and organizing logistics to deliver humanitarian aid to equestrians and their horses in Ukraine.
We monitor the situation with horses´ welfare and collaborate with FEI and national equestrian federations.
Our promise is that as many funds as possible will will be used as direct help for Ukrainian equestrians and their horses in Ukraine (by distributing feed, helping with evacuations and shelter stables).
Follow our news to get updates on the activities and the use of donations.
Use our social media chats to ask for help, offer help or inquire about our progress.
Click here for an overview of our activities from March to May 2022
28.02 opening of the foundation
28.02 Opening the first channels of communication: the helpukrainehorses.eu website and Facebook page.
01.03 Creation of a team of volunteers, the beginning of the collection of humanitarian aid and funds
02.03 Creation of a system for collecting applications for humanitarian aid in Ukraine, search for the most affected by hostilities stables (via chatbot)
05.03 Organization of a warehouse for receiving humanitarian aid in Poland and Ukraine, providing logistics for humanitarian aid across the border.
07.03 Evacuation of the first horses across the border to Poland
10.03 Organization of humanitarian aid logistics in Ukraine, regular supply of humanitarian goods to the stables of Ukraine.
15.03 Creation of a database with shelter offers for Ukrainian horses and their owners abroad. About 300 applications have been processed.
22.03 Organization of the first evacuation temporary stable in Lviv region. provided by the FEI for 40 boxes
01.04 Distribution of more than 300 tons of humanitarian aid in Ukraine. See also the summary of first month of operations.
03.04 Creation of an electronic queue for free evacuation flights from Kyiv, Dnipro and Odessa.
10.04 Opening of the second free horse shelter in Rivne region for 60 boxes.
12.04 About 100 horses were evacuated in Ukraine and abroad. Assistance was provided to more than 80 farms with more than 1,800 horses (including refugees)
25.04 visiting the FEI Sports Forum, meetings with partners
beginning of May, midterm plan and structure for the UEF-CF work announced
beginning of May, series of coordination meetings for veterinary humanitarian aid launched
23.05 results of the qualitative research on the perception of situation in horse industry in Ukraine presented
26.05 results of the interviews with the Ukrainian equine veterinarians presented to donors
end of May, new UEF-CF campaign called Ride For Ukraine has been created and website launched