February 23, 2023
This award, presented each year at the American Saddlebred Horse & Breeders Association conference, honors the person who has gone the extra mile to introduce and promote the American Saddlebred horse to other countries. Winners, are presented with a custom-crafted julep cup as a symbol of the highest honor upon which one can be bestowed by the American Saddlebred Horse & Breeders Association. Nealia was honored with this prestigious award for all her work bringing the American Saddlebred to Facebook Live viewers around the world. When COVID hit, Nealia began hosting Facebook Live videos as a way to connect to the Saddlebred Rescue supporters. These videos, viewed around the world in countries such as UK, Germany, Brazil, Australia, India and more, became a platform to introduce, educate and inform these viewers about the care and versatility of the American Saddlebred. Bringing the viewers on farrier visits, vet visits and training sessions, her international audience has loved being introduced to the breed. Not only does she share the rescue horses with the public, but also the show horses from her barn at North Wind Stables. While at a show, you might even see Nealia riding around in her golf cart, sharing with her viewers how amazing it is to get to show a Saddlebred in this country! During the live videos she tolerates only positivity and takes the time to educate and inform about any non-truth circulating about the breed. Nealia’s Live videos have brought information about the American Saddlebred to an international audience, all while sitting in NJ! Congratulations to our very own, Nealia McCracken on winning this prestigious honor!
On December 11, 2022 North Wind Stables hosted an open house for Saddlebred Rescue. The snow that covered the farm made an already wonderful day even more festive! Those who came to the open house were treated to riding demonstrations on many of our rescues as well as some of the show horses in the barn! Nealia did a wonderful job talking to everyone about each horse we brought out as well as lots of general information about the rescue and the breed! You can check out some of the action on our Facebook video below!
On August 25, 2022, Saddlebred Rescue hosted its Annual Brunch & Auction at the Crowne Plaza, Louisville. Taking place during a break in the session of the WCHS, this years event did not disappoint. In addition to a fabulous brunch and complimentary Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas, guest were also entertained by the magical powers of illusionist Ran’D Shine! In addition to the silent and live auctions, Nealia gave her annual rescue update, and SBR presented awards to recognize people, groups and clubs who have gone above and beyond the norm to make sure the rescue can continue to operate its program and help horses in need. This year we honored a total of 24 special people or groups in 5 categories.
Sponsor to the Rescue: Given to an individual or group who have consistently donated to the rescue to help fund their yearly operating expenses. This years winners are: Theresa Vonderschmitt, Lizelle Hill, Southeastern Charity Horse Show, East Belmont Stables, Mary Gaylord, UPHA Chapter 14 THIIN Program, Carla Pearman, Grace Arnold and Jean Shefelbine.
Lifetime Awards are given to those who have supported us consistently for a period of at least 10 year. This years winners are: Cheri Vaillancour, Laura Gralton, ASHA NJ, Central States Winter Tournament Horse Show, Victoria Reed, TASHA, and The Donati Family Charitable Fund
The Service Award is given to an individual who has consistently been a service partner to the rescue. This year’s winner is Anne Guillory.
The Youth Group Award is given to the youth group who has done special projects that benefited the horses at the rescue. This year’s award goes to Red Riders Youth Group.
The Rescue Trip Award is new this year and was presented to those individuals who followed us to auctions through live videos and have provided consistent support for the purchase and immediate care of the horses in danger of going to slaughter. This year’s awards went to: Jean Bowman, Mary Jensen, Paulette Gang, Linda Doerr, Copper Darling and Kris Croan.
Finally, this year we awarded the first winner of the Robin Rogers Humanitarian Award. This award honors individuals who without fail did whatever we needed to help and support the horses that we rescued. From the many times she jumped in the truck to go on a rescue trip, to ensuring that every horse got plenty of love (and treats) and everything in between this year we couldn’t think of a better person to honor than Laura Scott!
August 07, 2020
August 7, 2018 — 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, “Big Friendly Fan.” 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.
May 24, 2019
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 as follows: 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.
May 24, 2019