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 Charity Foundation (registered in Belgium) with the assistance from the FEI (International Equestrian Federation), EEF (European Equestrian Federation), USEF, British Equestrians For Ukraine other national federations and welfare organizations 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 cooperate with Ukrainian veterinarians and other professionals.
Our promise is that as many funds as possible will be used as direct help for Ukrainian equestrians and their horses in Ukraine – by distributing feed, helping with relocations and shelter stables.
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28.02 opening of the foundation
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
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.
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
beginning of June, new 24/7 logistics hub open in Poland
June, production of specially designed compound feed launched in Ukraine
June, a large donation of haylage from the European Equestrian Federation received and distribution started to stables and clubs
end of June, evacuation requests submitted until middle of June fulfilled and service rearranged
20th of July, a large donation of veterinary aid from the USEF Foundation and FEI Solidarity received and preparations started for distribution
end of July, a survey on hay security of stables during autumn-winter 2022/23 launched
September, name of Foundation changed from the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charity Foundation to Ukrainian Equestrian Charity Foundation. The change was necessary to stress that all horses and their owners are eligible for help disregarding participation in sports
September, UECF´s delegation participated in the EEF annual meeting to raise awareness of situation with welfare of equines among the European equestrian federations
September-October, veterinary supplies worth 100 000 dollars distributed to equine vets in Ukraine
October, more than 200 blankets distributed to horse owners to keep horses warm during winter