In 2017, Dunedin, New Zealand, experienced severe flooding. Stephanie Jasperse, 17, and Anya Johnston, 18, risked their lives on July 22 to save a group of eight horses stranded in a flooded field. The horses were struggling to reach higher ground because the flooding had reached their stomachs. Stephanie’s mother, Kyla Jasperse, videotaped the girls’ bravery.
The group of youngstock, hunter, and dressage horses all belong to the same owner, and they all escaped injury thanks to the girls. Stephanie and Anya each took a single horse and led it through the icy floodwaters, with the rest of the herd trailing behind. The horses were led nearly 550 yards to safety by the teenagers.
Stephanie and Anya’s horses were not affected by the floods because they were stabled elsewhere. For the past few months, this area of New Zealand has been experiencing ongoing flooding, putting many horses and livestock at risk. For their actions in rescuing the eight stranded horses, the girls have been hailed as local heroes. Have a look at the following video, let us know your thoughts, and do not forget to spread out the video on social media.