Big Sponsor designs Big Fans

(Posted 8-7-18)  Terry and Diana Vonderheide have been supporters to Saddlebred Rescue for many years.  They have put together their experience in the horse show industry and their construction company to create a new product that has multi applications.  This new product the BFF was introduced and previewed at one of our prior Louisville Brunch and Auction celebrations.   They are promoting the Clean-Compact-Mobile-Self Contained Fan and Storage Box called the BFF or the Big Friendly Fan.   It is used for clean air circulation, drying and storage, this self contained fan serves multiple tasks.  They have supported us and now we want to support them by advertising this new product.


SBR Names New Rescue Partners

PRESS RELEASE Thursday, May 10, 2018 (Hardwick, New Jersey)

Kansas/Missouri, Ohio and Texas Horse Show Clubs and their events receive "Rescue Partner" designation from Saddlebred Rescue, Inc.

The officers and board members of Saddlebred Rescue, Inc. are proud to announce a new naming award for those clubs and their horse shows that have kept Saddlebred Rescue as one of their key charities consistently over our history.  These clubs have advertised the rescue in print and social media, held special designated classes or special fundraisers, and coordinated with us to provide educational materials to its membership.   These efforts have contributed significantly each year to support our mission.  All of these clubs received recognition at the 10th Anniversary of Saddlebred Rescue at the 2016 Louisville Brunch and Auction.  We thank them for their continued support.

The clubs  honored this year as Rescue Partners are Central States and their show Central States Benefit Horse Show under the leadership of Lynn McCallister.  This show covers the Kansas/Missouri area and is held each year at the American Royal facility in Kansas City.  Next are the two shows in Delaware, Ohio held  at the local county fairgrounds.  First is the Delaware Riding  Club for its Delaware Charity Spring Horse Show co-chaired by Lynn Snowden and Julee O'Reilly.  Next is  the Twin Rivers Charity Horse Show under the leadership of Leslie Backus.  Both of these events are part of the Tri State Horse Shows Association, a recent supporter of the rescue.  Finally, TASHA, the Texas American Saddlebred Association, located in the Houston area, has for many years supported the rescue as its charity for both its spring show and its year- end holiday show in early December.   The rescue works with President Kelly McQuerry and the board to provide promotional and educational products to support fundraising activities at their events.  In addition, many of their members have been and continue to be supporters.

Nealia McCracken, Operations Manager at the rescue, noted that it is the commitment and enthusiasm of these organizations, their horse shows, and their members, that keep her moving forward.  "We value that professionals, owners and enthusiasts in the horse show industry understand what we are doing, how we run our program and the level of resources it takes that makes their continuing support that more special to the rescue." she adds.  In the best interests of the horses, the rescue takes ownership of every horse, and puts it through rehab and an evaluation program before the horse is  deemed ready for adoption.  Each horse has its own special program so that the adoption is the best match possible, and Saddlebred Rescue's commitment to every horse does not stop there.  If for any reason an adopter can no longer keep a horse, that horse must be returned to us.  That was a commitment we made in our program from the very beginning. With over 1200+ saves, rescues, and placements to date, we have a multitude of success stories that was only made possible by the hundreds of donations and supporters across the country.  It is these Rescue Partners who keep us moving week after week.  We salute them.


2017 Louisville Brunch and Auction

Press Release: Hardwick, NJ 7/12/17: Saddlebred Rescue signs with Gesture On-line Auction Services to provide a new experience for the auction at the Louisville Brunch and Auction Fundraiser this year Thursday August 24th at the Crowne Plaza Louisville. With the technology they offer and on the ground support at the August event we hope this will make the auction process more enjoyable, more dynamic and a breeze for check out at the conclusion of the event. We will be gett...ing a letter or email to all recent auction donors with updated information. All auction donors will have two choices to deliver their item to the event. First is you have the choice of shipping the auction item to the rescue at 6 Meadow Cliff Lane Hardwick, NJ 07825 or you can send us by email photos with a description and value of your donation so that we can immediately upload your donation to the new auction on-line platform and then either have your item delivered to the hotel prior to the event or bring it with you if you are attending the horse show that week.

For further details please call Mark McCracken at 908 362 8285 or Pat Johnson at 908 304 3560. You can also email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Look forward to seeing you there. Details to come when brunch tickets will be available for purchase.

2017 Louisville Brunch and Auction

Thursday August 24th

10:00 am until 1:30 pm

Crowne Plaza Louisville

"Celebrating the Horse"


Faberge in London Support SBR at Auction

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.

 To make a bid email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call my cell phone at 908 894 0951. Your bid as well as all others made will be posted with a code to a private web page that you can monitor at any time   during this offering. For information about the Carousel Egg Kathy Kerr’s contact information is         This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or (973) 885-3345.

Faberge Heirloom Piece For Offer

Theo Faberge Bio



From the desk of Nealia McCracken 11/18/15 :

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.  

  • We are transparent.  We invite you to come visit us at Saddlebred Village and see our facilities.  
  • The horses we rescue are professionally evaluated for as long as it takes to make sure that our matches with new families stick.  Our word is good, if the horse doesn’t work out for you, we will take it back.  We don’t just immediately place a horse.  We are careful.  Our priority is to find a good home. No we try to find great homes.  If we haven’t found it, the horse stays here on the farm.
  • Our evaluation system’s main priority is to determine suitability.  If you are looking for a trail horse, that is what we want to get you.  If you’re in need of a lesson horse, then that is what we focus on.
  • Our application process may seem cumbersome, but if you don’t have the patience to get through that, you don’t have the patience or the commitment to maybe have one of these animals.  It is the interest of the horse we put first.
  • Our adoption fees are reasonable, but if an adopting party does not have $850 + shipping, the choice to adopt a horse should be re-considered.  Horses can be a big commitment.
  • To date we have placed 900+ horses with minimal recidivism.
  • Our rescue horses eat the same hay and grain as the show horses on the property. We do not treat them as second class citizens.  (Most that come in require a lot of groceries and we provide that.)  We also worm and vaccinate the rescue horses on the same schedule as the show horses.  We also float teeth and trim feet and pull shoes as appropriate.

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.  

We invite you to visit us at our farm in New Jersey and take a tour of the rescue operations.  We welcome your visit and your interest. Please call ahead to make sure someone will be at the facility to meet you. You can contact us by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the hotline at 908 605 6032.

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.


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