November 30, 2021

Horse Council BC’s Animal Disaster Relief Fund was utilized to facilitate a daring equine rescue of three horses stranded in Spences Bridge. The severity of the flood damage caused a massive highway collapse on both sides of the residences and farms. This meant the only way out for these horses was via helicopter.

Horse Council BC received a call for help early Thursday morning November 18 2021. Time was critical!
With the help from a quick acting Vancouver flight crew on November 19th Horse Council BC was able to get rescue equipment to Kamloops including the Anderson Sling.  The sling is the only equipment capable of this type of rescue and was previously purchased by HCBC.

Volunteers were on scene to harness the horses with the Anderson Sling and ensure the journey was as stress free as possible.

The successful rescue saw all three horses flown to safety where they will be cared for at Sageview Rescue in Kamloops.

Horse Council BC would like to thank everyone involved, the generosity and compassion shown is humbling. Summit Helicopters generously subsidized much of the cost of this rescue. Their amazing pilot was instrumental in ensuring everything went as well as it did.

The Horse Council BC Animal Disaster Relief Fund was established to help supply volunteers that are housing displaced horses and other livestock, due to the current emergency. Donations can be made at:

If you are requiring assistance for your equines due to the current emergency, please email [email protected]

Horse Council BC is a membership-driven not-for-profit association representing the interests of the equine industry in all sectors throughout British Columbia. Horse Council BC actively represents the equine industry in agriculture, industry, sport, and recreation through education, grant funding, club support, government advocating, liability insurance, and participant programs.

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