Our Patrons

 “Kilmarnock Horse Rescue are absolutely delighted that Dame Judi Dench has become our 2nd Patron alongside Anna Kennedy OBE

We are truly honoured to have two such wonderful ladies supporting our charity.”

Anna Kennedy, who has been a Patron to Kilmarnock Horse Rescue for almost 3 years has contributed to various events at Kilmarnock with families from Autism Support Crawley . Her son Angelo has a Donkeys stable named after him which is dubbed ‘Angelo’s Den’.

Our Work with the Local Community


Families that have autistic children come and use the farm for family days out! This gives the children time to spend with our wonderful rescued horses, ponies and donkeys. Equine bonding is proven to help develop the 'emotional bond' that traditionally challenges these lovely and wonderful children.

Anna Kennedy is well known for setting up schools to provide an improved education and other facilities for special needs children affected by Aspergers Syndrome and Autism. She has now expanded her support for these special children including two schools, a college, a respite home and a website with over 50,000 international followers. She was awarded an OBE (Royal Reward for Inspirational Mother) Award by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in 2012 for her services. We are honoured to be able to call her our official patron.


We took some of our rescue ponies to the local mental health hospital to allow the patients some much loved time with animals. Equine assisted therapy can be an incredible way to help with mental health as a relationship developed with a horse can offer challenges that help overcome fears, build up trust, respect, compassion, and develop communication skills and coping techniques.


The local fire brigade recently came to the the rescue and rehoming centre to practice evacuation and rescue techniques.

With the possibility of attending a fire with animals they felt it was essential to learn skills such as putting on a head collar and understanding the correct method of leading a horse.

Our local Brownies group love to come to our rescue and rehoming centre to visit all the ponies who love all the attention and grooming!