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HAPPA Announces Winner of The Ken Cranage Memorial Award 2020/21


February 15, 2021



The Ken Cranage Memorial Trophy is presented annually to a member of the equine community by the Charity, HAPPA (Horses and Ponies Protection Association). The Trophy is to honour HAPPA’s late President Mr Ken Cranage, who dedicated many years of service in the name of Equine Welfare. The Trophy is presented to an employee or volunteer from any recognised agency who has made an outstanding contribution to Equine Welfare.

Traditionally nominations would be received and the Award would be presented in April, due to the Pandemic HAPPA extended the closing date and the presentation date until much later in 2020. With all the nominations collated and judged, HAPPA are pleased to announce the winner for 2020/21 as Dina Shale, – Founder, Director and Master Instructor, Rescue Ranch UK and The Way Of The Horse Discovery Centre

Dina has dedicated her life to horses and in 2015, set up The Way Of The Horse Discovery Centre. She has worked with emaciated horses who were given a 50/50 chance of life by a vet and fully rehabilitated them to become beautiful companion horses. In 2018, Dina was asked to help another emaciated young filly called Mia. Mia was in a terrible state physically and emotionally when she came to Dina. Mia was full of worms, mites, had rain burn and was extremely terrified of humans.

Month after month, Mia wasn’t putting on any weight until May 2019 she started to plump up. This took 5 worrying months for her healing to show and then she came on in leaps and bounds. Mia was rehomed in September 2019 and Dina has regular picture updates on Mia’s amazing rags to riches story.

In 2019, Dina decided to set up Rescue Ranch UK, a registered charity that dedicates their time to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming emaciated horses, donkeys and mules.

From starting The Way Of The Horse in 2015, Dina has rescued and rehabilitated over 30 horses. All of which have horrid past trauma. Most have been rehomed, but the few who could not be fully rehabilitated, have stayed with Dina for a happy, loved retirement and a few also work with Dina on her equine facilitated therapy programmes.

Congratulations Dina who is pictured here with her award and the lovely Mia.