Cheap digs raise funds for horse sanctuary

Travelling to the Cavendish Beach Music Festival on July 7-9 and looking for a cheap place to lay your head within 10 minutes drive of the event?
If you don’t mind roughing it a bit then Yogi Fell might have just the ticket.
Fell, the founder of Handibear Hills Horse Sanctuary Inc., a registered non-profit horse rescue operation in South Granville, has just about the cheapest lodgings going during the concert.
How about a camping spot in the picnic area for $10 a night? She gives it a “1 star” rating and guests are required to bring their own tent.
Guests could opt for the Great Indoors and the “2 star” treatment instead and pay the same price per day for one of nine bunks at the bunkhouse. Both places have loos and guests are required to carry their own water.
And, finally, those wishing a real step up in accommodations could rent a place in her so-called “rustic cottage” for $40 a day. There is hot and cold running water but no “maid service,” she warns.
All on 50 acres of property, where her horse sanctuary is located.
The accommodations are available all summer but the big push is the fast approaching busy Cavendish Beach Music Festival week.
The numbers for running a horse sanctuary are grim and inescapable. Hay alone costs upwards of $8,000 a year. And that’s just a portion of the cost of running Handibear Hills, which provides a last, permanent home for 13 aging horses who would otherwise face death. The number of horses billeted at Handibear Hills is down from previous years.
Under her care the horses help pay for their keep by providing valuable life lessons to children, youth and adults. Horses and humans learn to work together towards a common goal.
Handibear Hills Horse Sanctuary adopts and cares for abandoned horses, using them to teach horsemanship and stable management to adults and children.
Handibear Hills has been pursuing these objectives for 30 years, and currently has a 21 stall barn with paddocks.
The cost of accommodation for anyone staying at her place may seem unbelievably cheap, but looking after horses who would otherwise be put to death is not.
Yogi’s home is on the sales block and she is living in an apartment in her barn.
Money is extremely tight and she is deep “in the hole.”
Every cent earned is greatly appreciated, she said.
Want to book a stay? Yogi Fell can be reached at 1-902-964-3220
Story by Jim Brown..