In anticipation of our annual Brunch and Auction event at Louisville this year we have the honor to be able to offer a rare collector’s piece for auction.
The St. Petersburg Collection in London, England and MacKerr Imports has selected Saddlebred Rescue Inc. as the beneficiary for a special offer of the Carousel Egg from its Imperial Style Collection. This exclusive offer will help support the rescue and rehab of American Saddlebred horses. This year is the 10 year celebration for our group that has successfully worked with over 1000 horses. The majority of these horses are adopted out and placed in lesson programs across the country introducing new riding enthusiasts to the breed.
This piece is #25 in a worldwide limited production of 125. The Carousel Egg was an American inspired creation by Theo Faberge, who is the renowned grandson of Carl Faberge, the Russian jeweler known for his famous Faberge eggs. In addition to the outside of the Carousel Egg covered in royal blue and crimson enamel to mirror a finely crafted antique carousel the inside one will find a working carousel with Theo’s signature engine turning. The colorful, enameled horses rise and fall in time with Chopin’s carousel waltz when wound.
We have made this auction private and easy for all. With this invitation you or your representative are free to contact Kathy Kerr, President of MacKerr Imports with any questions about this offering. Kathy herself will bring the piece to our event in Louisville later next month. This private auction will begin with this invitation and remain open until the close of our Brunch and Auction event at the Crowne Plaza on Thursday August 25th at 1:00 pm in Louisville , Kentucky during the World Championship Horse Show. All parties participating in this offer will receive two tickets to the Brunch. Bids are taken via a special email address or by phone and reported on a private closed web page available to all participants. The reserve has been set by the donor at $25,000.00.
From the desk of Nealia McCracken;
Recently several of the directors and volunteers at Saddlebred Rescue Inc. have been discussing how to deal with the horrific news out of Virginia related to a severe animal cruelty case that ended the lives of many horses and other animals that were being cared for by a horse rescue and retirement center. Our first thoughts went to the animals who suffered, then we questioned ourselves as to how we could communicate with our supporters, donors, volunteers and others that this risk would never happen at Saddlebred Rescue Inc. How do we assure them? How do we make sure our supporters have confidence in us at Saddlebred Rescue Inc. and our operations?
Unfortunately the business of animal rescue is not a regulated activity, there are no minimum requirements, no one at an animal rescue to our knowledge has to demonstrate their ability to care for and handle animals. In our opinion in addition to handling the animals a well run rescue has to be run like a business. You need someone at the rescue make sure the organization maintains its nonprofit and/or tax exempt status, adoption documents and other forms needs to be reviewed, insurance often is needed, how do you fund the rescue, how do you budget, etc. That just scratches the surface and there is so much more to consider like facilities, workers and volunteers, equipment, supplies, a feeding program and the list goes on.
We are not sure how Anne Goland, (also known as Ann Shumate) at Peaceable Farm was organized or what her practices were but she is due to appear in Orange County court on Nov. 18 as recent reports note. What we have read is that she is currently facing 27 counts of animal neglect stemming from an Oct. 19 raid of her Somerset, Virginia property, called Peaceable Farm. The raid of her property found six dead horses, among the many other dead animal animals including dogs, cats, donkeys and chickens. Five additional horses had to be euthanized and 80 additional horses were removed and placed in foster care. How could this happen? At this point we can only speculate but this type of news gives the rescue effort in general a bad name.
My first thought was to do a monthly video tour of the property pointing out the quarantine area, the rescue village and the several pastures that houses the near 40 rescues currently in residence. Once we do the video we will share it on our social media. We will update the video monthly. It is important to me that we go above and beyond to video the horses and property so that the followers of SBR can see for themselves how well cared for our horses are. Maybe you are not aware but Saddlebred Rescue Inc in New Jersey is located on part of North Wind Stables property and the horses that are in the rescue program are very easily and frequently seen by MANY people. On a daily basis North Wind customers, our hay, grain and shavings vendors, UPS and Fed Ex drivers not to mention our vet are at the farm on a weekly basis and sometimes more often. All of our operation is in plain sight.
In our 10 year history in the rescue business we have seen many examples of how to operate and how not to operate. There are rescues that claim they are non profit and have 501c3 status but operate a for-profit operation or are not actually registered. To our knowledge a rescue does not need to be registered if they are self funded and do not seek donations or funding. Other horse rescues operate off of the internet and barely handle or work with the horses they place into adoption or they sell out right through an intermediary. While this does provide visibility of horses in need it in no way assures that the horses find a new safe place. We have seen many shortcomings in this approach and early on we decided at Saddlebred Rescue that the only way to do right by the horses that we save is that we handle the horses through the whole process and provide a safety net in the case the adopting party cannot keep a horse from our program. In these models it is donor or supporter beware. You have to do your due diligence before you jump in with a rescue that you do not know first-hand. There is one quick check you can do with any non profit that you support and that is go to www.guidestar.org and do a search. You may have to become a member on the website if you want to review 990 tax returns of a charity to see how the donation money is spent. At minimum you should be able to see if any non profit is registered, is a tax exempt 501c3 and/or if they are in compliance.
In the early years Saddlebred Rescue Inc. sought out grants for different projects with the ASPCA. They have a rigorous process to apply for grants that even includes site visits. Yes the ASPCA has been on site at the rescue in New Jersey. Through our relationship with the ASPCA we learned about the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries or GFAS. GFAS is an organization that is trying to establish a minimum operating guideline for best practices in the animal rescue business that outsiders can rely on if the rescue reaches a point to become a verified or accredited member of GFAS. The ASCPA is supporting this effort in the rescue world to simplify their operation and review process to separate the rescues that merit financial support from others that fall short. We at Saddlebred Rescue Inc decided immediately that being a member of GFAS was exactly what we needed to do and it coincided with the high operating standards we had already set for our group. It was important to us to be officially recognized by a watch group like GFAS. After a lengthy application process, review and inspections Saddlebred Rescue became a verified member of GFAS in 2011. To connect what GFAS represents in face of the news such as the pending Virginia case take a look at the cover story on their website at www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/latest-news/gfas-certified-equine-facilities-accept-horses-from-failed-virginia-rescue-farm/
The news on the Virginia rescue hit home for me when I noticed a Saddlebred in an article written by a rescue on saving thoroughbreds from the Virginia rescue that mentioned a Saddlebred that was put in a stall and starved so badly that the vet had to put him down. The article stated the registered name of the gelding and that is why I remembered this horse as he had an odd name. Quite frankly, this made me sick. I KNOW the rescue that raised the money to "save" this horse. It was important to them to save a younger horse from going on the road. This rescue would never intentionally put any of their horses in danger, but even in a rescue to rescue placement it can be easy to send a horse to a less than ethical home unknowingly. Saddlebred Rescue Inc didn't place any horses with this rescue and retirement center in Virginia. This would not be part of our program. I would have to say that it has been a challenge for us to not only find qualified homes but to also monitor the homes after the horses have left us and I wish we had a perfect record. One thing for sure when we find holes in our placement system we work hard to modify our process to help reduce errors in placement.
Over the past couple weeks this case has been a major topic in my world as it should be. Cruelty and neglect have long lingering aftershocks and one of the worst is that it can create a skeptical public and supporter. I totally get that. With all that said, I do not want Saddlebred Rescue Inc. to mistakenly be lumped in with the underbelly of what animal rescue shows us from time to time. We are not them. We are different and here’s how.
All of these points are important to saving the lives of innocent animals who are in real danger of falling through the cracks. Our adoption process may seem rigorous but we feel it needs to be this way for our operation to be sustainable for the long run. When something like what happened in Somerset, VA happens, it hurts us all. Saddlebred Rescue Inc. provides a last chance for innocent horses.
Thank you for taking the time to read through this which has been weighing on me and the interest in the future of Saddlebred Rescue Inc.
We want to recognize the many monthly subscribers that we have that supports the rescue. If it is $10 or maybe more it does not matter as each month it adds up and helps us help the horses. For example at least 2X a year we have to order vaccines and wormer for the rescues going through our facility. Each time we order it is between $3000 and $4000 which is an important purchase. Today Nealia asked if we had the funds to make an order. We checked and the PayPal account had the funds to move forward and make this investment for our rehab program. You have no idea what a relief it was to know we have the money in our account.
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We want to thank everyone for supporting the Brunch and Auction in Louisville, KY during the 2013 World Championship Horse Show in August. It was a big success. We also want to thank the United Professional Horsemen's Assoc. for allowing us to put up a SBR table next to the UPHA Meet and Greet Booth at the fair. It was the rescue volunteers who ran the UPHA Booth to allow hundreds of fairgoers to meet and pet some of the horses as well as take the Behind the Scenes Tours. Erin, one of our rescue trainers, worked all week at the rescue table. She collected at the fair enough donations to save about 8 horses from slaughter. As we use those donations to purchase horses from the slaughter auctions you will be able to follow their progress here on the website as well as on our Facebook page. Thank you again for helping us help the horses.
08/02/12 Press Release: SBR Verified by GFAS
The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) announced that Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. (SBR) has been awarded Verified status as of August 1, 2012. SBR becomes one of only 126 organizations worldwide to achieve this recognition. GFAS is the only globally recognized organization providing standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries. To be awarded Verified status, an organization must meet GFAS's rigorous animal care standards and adhere to a demanding set of ethical and operational principles. "We are very happy to announce the recent verification of Saddlebred Rescue. This rescue is doing a fantastic job rescuing and retraining Saddlebred horses enabling them to go on to second careers and enriched lives," said Jeannine Alexander, Deputy Director of GFAS.
"As the rescue business is not regulated, it is difficult for donors to evaluate where to put their nonprofit animal support. We believe that achieving GFAS accreditation would be the equivalent to having a AAA rating from one of the credit rating agencies. We expect that having the GFAS status of Verified will open more doors to foundations and grant providers which will broaden Saddlebred Rescue's ability to save horses. We also look forward to the additional credibility that pursuing GFAS accreditation will bring," states Mark McCracken, President.
The GFAS Equine Accreditation Program is made possible by generous grants from PetSmart Charities and The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. For additional information on GFAS, visit www.sanctuaryfederation.org.
Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization which exists to save unwanted horses from slaughter and return them to useful, productive lives, and to educate the public on concerns facing the Saddleseat breeds. SBR has rescued, rehabbed and re-homed nearly 600 horses since its beginning in 2006, winning the prestigious USEF "Heroes for Horses" award in 2007.
(Condensed article taken from the 08/02/12 press release.)
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