Groom Valeriy Korin saves 24 horses

On 27 February, the Russian army occupied the equestrian accommodation of the Ukrainian dressage rider Iryna Soroka in Bolshaya, a suburb of Kyiv. She then decided to release her 32 horses, hoping they would survive. Iryna Soroka has been representing Ukraine’s national dressage team for several years. Until a month ago, her life consisted of training and competing with her horses and those of her students. When the Russian army occupied their area, they were forced to leave everything behind. Groom Valeriy Korin decided to stay in Buchsia despite the terrible situation, which he describes as hell. He has found 14 of the 32 horses in recent weeks and kept them alive. On 12 March, Valeriy found a horse in Vorzel, a village near Bochia. He found two more horses the next day, including 22-year-old Prestige with whom Iryna had successfully competed at Grand Prix level. On 31 March, he found thirteen more horses from the farm, of which four had unfortunately been shot. After the Ukrainian army regained control of Buchsia, residents and journalists returned to the town. “In total there were 32 horses at the equestrian accommodation, of which eight are still missing. Now, at last, Buchsia is free of Russians, and we can start searching without running the risk of being shot and killed. I am so grateful to Valeriy Korin for staying and saving my horses at the risk of his own life,” said Iryna Soroka. Last Saturday, the found horses could finally be evacuated to a house with a large fenced garden.


Photo by Iryna Soroka


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