Sponsor Your Favorite BCHR Rescue
Do you have a favorite horse at the rescue that you would like to support? Each month this summer we’ll feature several horses available for sponsorship. Your $100 donation will provide hay, grain and shoes for the designated horse for the month
You may certainly continue sponsorship of your horse beyond the designated month.
August Sponsorship Horses
Phoenix, Olive, Saturn and jupiter
These two mother-daughter pairs arrived at the rescue around the same time: one pair coal black, the other a fiery reddish brown. Olive was a year old while Jupiter was only 6 months, and all four horses were frightened and withdrawn.
We quickly determined that these four rescues would be our greatest challenge, as we didn’t know the extent of their trauma. We realized that the rehabilitation process would be long, with much patience and extra care needed. Yet over the past three years we’ve seen these four beautiful creatures grow to trust and respond positively to our dedicated volunteers, several of whom have spent countless hours, days, weeks and months working painstakingly at the most mundane tasks: approaching them, touching their nuzzles, walking around them, brushing their coats, putting on a halter and walking them with a lead line.
It’s been incredibly rewarding seeing Phoenix, Olive, Saturn and Jupiter interact with our volunteers and visitors. Please consider sponsoring these rescues. With your $100 tax-deductible donation, you’ll receive a collectible sponsorship card with a photo and brief bio of your horse.
BIG BEN AND NICKI LAWRENCE: AN UNLIKELY LOVE AFFAIR
When people say they love horses, they’re usually referring to ponies or minis, or to those lovely wild creatures sprinting in neat herds across spacious green fields. They’re usually not referring to large, often clumsy draft horses. But for Nicki Lawrence of Newburgh, N.Y., this breed captured her heart.
“I really fell in love with the gentleness and size of the breed,” says Lawrence, a former vet tech and mother of four, who worked part-time with Belgians at a private farm.
Despite their intimidating size, Belgian draft horses are known to be kind and easy to handle, and can actually be ridden. When BCHR founder Erin Giannios heard about a neglected Belgian in New Jersey, she immediately thought of Lawrence for sponsorship and to help with the rescue, as Lawrence had also volunteered at Mahrapo Farm years before.
“I wanted to help him in any way possible,” said Lawrence when she heard about Ben.
Ben and Lawrence have bonded quickly, and Lawrence enjoys all aspects of his care, including riding. A very large, black saddle and enormous halter now sit in the farm’s tack room among the regular-sized saddles.
“It’s such a beneficial relationship for both of us, and I just adore him,” says Lawrence. “Everyone at BCHR really opened themselves to him and have taken the best care of him.”