Horse lovers is the 800th recognized institution in Lower Saxony

Weser-Ems has been recognized by the State Regional Development Office (ArL) this week as the 800th institution as having legal capacity. The certificate was awarded to the board of directors of the “Pferdefreunde Sandfeld 8”.

The headquarters of the new institution is located in the city of Sfalith. Its purpose is to promote animal welfare, particularly the breeding of horses suitable for the species. The goal is to be achieved by taking horses to a farm on the outskirts of Elsfleth, where the older horses spend their last years with dignity. In addition, shows are planned to enable children and other interested guests to have contact with the horses and in this way to teach them the requirements of horse breeding in a species-appropriate manner. In the medium term, it is planned to open more of the yard, among other things as a place for extracurricular learning. Moreover, special offers are planned for facilities for people with disabilities or to help children with cancer patients.

Werner Brooch had a big heart for animals

The foundation of the foundation goes back to the will of Werner Günter Brusch, who died in May. “Werner Brooch had a big heart for animals, especially horses,” says his sister-in-law Uchie Holes, who formed the foundation’s board of directors with Eske Marquardt and Edgar Zemke. “We are pleased that by setting up the foundation we can do something for animal welfare even after his death.” Brusch himself had already taken older horses and offered the children western rides at the riding circuit opposite his farm in Sandfield Village.

The farm now forms the core of the foundation’s assets. This includes the house, stables and 3000 square meters of land. Brusch also left two horses and a few wagons that could be used for excursions and therapy sessions. In order to cover the operating costs, the plan is to rent the house. However, this requires renewal first.

“We thought for a long time about whether or not we should do it,” says Uschi Holz, who lives as a pensioner in Bad Zwischenahn, about an hour’s drive from the farm. “Now we are excited and in good spirits.” Together with Eske Marquardt and Edgar Ziemke, she is now planning to disinfect and renovate the apartment building. New horse crates will also be needed by winter.

The number of institutions in Lower Saxony has tripled in 20 years

So it may take some time before all the planned offers are available. “There is still a bit of homework to do,” says Olaf Klauken of the Regional State Development Bureau. With new foundations in place, this will happen more often. The assets necessary to achieve the purposes of the enterprise are certainly available. “Otherwise, there would be no confession.”

The state representative for the development of the regional state in the Weser-Ems region, Franz Josef Sicklemann, wished the Foundation Board success at the award ceremony and thanked him for taking on the duties of the Honorary Council. “Such a position is not only an honor, but also an obligation. Therefore, it cannot be taken for granted that you have complied with Mr. Brush’s desire to lead his organization.”

Despite these commitments, the trend toward institutions continues unabated. “In the first half of 2021 alone, fourteen new institutions with legal capacity were recognized,” Sickleman said, explaining the figures for the Weser-Ems district. “The number of institutions has tripled in the past twenty years.”

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The number of foundations increases

Not only in the Weser-Ems region, but nationwide: the number of institutions has been constantly increasing for two decades. Statistics from the Federal Association of German Enterprises showed that for 2001 there were 10,503 institutions, but at the end of 2020 there were more than double that number with 23,876 institutions.

In Lower Saxony alone, the number of institutions increased by 53 to 2,421 in 2020, an increase of 1.7 percent. At the end of 2020, there were 337 institutions in Bremen. This is 0.6 percent more than the previous year. In terms of population, Lower Saxony, with 30.3 institutions per 100,000 inhabitants, was far behind Bremen with 49.5 institutions. Foundation strongholds are Darmstadt (152), Würzburg (101) and Oldenburg with 85 institutions per 100,000 inhabitants.

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