Incartus Pony Foundation get some early Christmas cheer


Incartus Pony Foundation got some early Christmas cheer when Roxy the Falabella horse joined the organisation which is based at Burn Equestrian Centre.

Roxy will be assisting children with learning and physical difficulties who attend the free riding lessons and free school holiday camps at the equestrian centre based on Belfast Trust’s Knockbracken site.

Pictured here is foster carer Linda Boyle, who, together with her husband Sammy, is one of the few breeders of Falabella horses in Ireland. Her passion for horses is equalled only by her passion for fostering. She and Sammy have fostered more than 36 children and young people during their 21 years as foster carers. The couple recognise the therapeutic benefits for children of caring for a horse and spoke warmly of how the children they have looked after to date have always taken a keen interest in helping to care for the Falabella horses they breed. Says Linda,

“I am thrilled that Roxy is going to such a good home where she will be helping children with additional needs learn to ride and become confident around horses. I know that Roxy will particularly enjoy visiting local schools when working with the Incartus Pony Foundation.”


Fostering Service annual Christmas Coffee Morning

The Trust Fostering Service also recently held its annual Christmas Coffee Morning for foster carers at Belfast Castle. Speaking at the event, Lesley Walker, Co-Director of Children’s Services, recognised the high calibre of care provided by foster carers and thanked them for “another amazing year of work” during which there was a 20% rise in the number of children needing placements.

If you are interested in finding out more about fostering for Belfast HSC Trust, contact the Trust fostering service on (028) 950 40057 or visit





Foster carers and staff enjoying the annual Christmas Coffee Morning for foster carers which was held recently at Belfast Castle.