Glen Tanar host Mr Q and The Bishop too ...


MSP Dennis Robertson attended Glen Tanar Estate on Sunday June 1 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Brooke charity.

Glen Tanar Estate honoured its very own war horse in a special event last weekend to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

The estate joined forces with animal welfare charity, The Brooke, to host a special Horseman’s Sunday event.

The SNP MSP for Aberdeenshire West attended and was accompanied as always, by his trusty Guide Dog Mr Q.

The Brooke is the UK’s leading charity for working animals overseas. They are dedicated to alleviating the suffering of millions of horses, donkeys and mules working in some of the poorest parts of the world – and improving the lives of the people who depend on them to survive.

The Brooke operates in 11 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America. They reach more than 1.1 million animals every year.

Dennis Robertson, said: “It was a fantastic day at Glen Tanar and the atmosphere was really relaxed.

“I spoke with Petra Ingram, The Chief Executive of The Brooke as well as some of her staff and it was great to hear about the brilliant work they do.

“It was a great opportunity to spend some time on the beautiful Glen Tanar Estate as well as to support The Brooke Charity.”

Those attending the Horseman’s Sunday met the innovative puppet Joey from War Horse the stage show and visited the grave of Captain – a Glen Tanar Estate horse which saw action in France during the conflict – in an organised walk and talk being led by Glen Tanar Estate Charitable Trust ranger, Eric Baird.

The event also involved a short service and animal blessing at the Chapel of St Lesmo where Mr Q, along with all of the other animals, were blessed by The Right Rev Dr Robert Gillies, The Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney.