This year has been a particularly challenging one for the the Andalusian Rescue Centre for Horses and Donkeys (ARCH) in Alhaurín el Grande. With fundraising events mainly cancelled, the charity is relying heavily on the generosity of its supporters. Now the shelter can add celebrities to its list of backers.
Victoria and Cristina, the twin daughters of world-famous singer Julio Iglesias, are long-time horse lovers and first heard about ARCH through contacts in New York. On returning to the family home near Marbella, they arranged a visit to the rescue centre and since then they have been generous donors.
This summer the girls went one step further, offering to foster one of the rescued horses and help with training before finding a permanent home. The horse they chose, a 12-year-old mare known as Moni, had been at the centre for several months after being abandoned, tied to a tree on waste ground near Malaga a year ago. She was heavily pregnant and gave birth to a small colt foal in torrential rain.
At the Iglesias stables Victoria and Cristina gave her care and attention. They started to ride her and discovered that she had a talent for jumping. The sisters quickly fell in love with her and it wasn't long before they decided to keep her.
Moni has now been renamed Zaza, and is enjoying a life of luxury at the Iglesias residence.