From sickness to showground – Gizmo the foal entered in Equifest horse festival

Gizmo the foal was abandoned by the roadside and is now making his recovery at Catley Cross Veterina

Gizmo the foal was abandoned by the roadside and is now making his recovery at Catley Cross Veterinary Clinic. - Credit: Archant

He was rescued after being abandoned and lovingly nursed back to health – now he is preparing to wow the crowds at a huge regional horse show.

Gizmo the foal, found apparently abandoned in Ridgewell

Gizmo the foal, found apparently abandoned in Ridgewell - Credit: Archant

Popular Gizmo the foal was left severely emaciated with lice and suffering with hypothermia, dehydration and pneumonia on the side of Yeldham Road, Ridgewell, back in February.

The four-month-old piebald cob was also without his mother and unable to walk.

But Gizmo was rescued by the RSPCA, adopted by Catley Cross Veterinary Centre and benefitted from £20,000 raised to cover the cost of treatment to save him.

Now fully recovered Gizmo has been entered into Equifest, a five-day horse festival at the East of England Showground in Peterborough starting on August 12.

Gizmo, a tiny piebald cob, was found in this condition

Gizmo, a tiny piebald cob, was found in this condition - Credit: Archant


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Jema Marsh from Catley Cross said the event Gizmo was entered into (PRP/RSPCA rescue in hand, one, two and three-year-olds) focused very much on the entrants’ back stories.

“It’s just a showing class,” she said. “He’ll be led around and it is all based on his story and what condition he was found in.

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“We definitely have high hopes for him with his story and what has happened over five months.”

Hospital manager Louise Miller will lead Gizmo in front of the judges during his appearance on Saturday, August 15 and if he is ranked in the top two entries he is promoted to the final evening performance.

If that happened Miss Marsh said: “It would be very emotional for everyone here but even if he doesn’t win he is still a winner.

“For him to be here today is more amzing than anything.

“He has been such as massive hit and everybody loves him.”

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