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Danny & Ron’s Rescue Gives Back

April 30, 2015 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

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Donates $10,000 to Meals On Wheels of the Palm Beaches

Wellington, FL – April 30, 2015 – The crowd was on their feet, and shouts resounded through the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center as Danny & Ron’s Rescue was announced as the 2015 Great Charity Challenge winners that fateful night in February. They were presented with the top prize, a check for $150,000. Still on cloud nine, Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta, the founders of Danny & Ron’s Rescue, said to one another, “We definitely want to give some of this money back to the community!” – and so they have. Danny & Ron’s Rescue is pleased to announced that they have donated $10,000 to Animeals on Wheels, an extension of the Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, Inc.

Giving back to the local community is one of the pillars that Danny & Ron’s Rescue adheres to. In just one of their most recent charitable acts, Danny & Ron’s donated $10,000 to Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, Inc. The money will be used for the Animeals on Wheels program, which provides pet food and veterinary care to home-bound residents with dogs or cats.

Director of Volunteer Services Debbie Emerick, Chief Operating Officer Pam Calzadilla and Executive Director Kim Tudor of Danny & Ron's Rescue with 5-month-old Sadie Mae. (Photo credit: Kendall Bierer/Phelps Media Group)

Director of Volunteer Services Debbie Emerick, Chief Operating Officer Pam Calzadilla and Executive Director Kim Tudor of Danny & Ron’s Rescue
with 5-month-old Sadie Mae. (Photo credit: Kendall Bierer/Phelps Media Group)

“Danny and I are always looking for ways to assist the residents of our community, so we are pleased for this opportunity to partner with Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches. We read about the Animeals Program and knew right away that we wanted to help Meals on Wheels to provide home-bound seniors and disabled persons with veterinary care and food for their pets,” Ron said. “These people live alone, and all too often their only visitor is the Meals on Wheels volunteer who delivers a hot meal. So we want to make sure that their beloved pet companions are cared for, as well.”

Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches provides freshly prepared meals five days a week to residents in the in West Palm Beach area, the downtown Lake Worth area and surrounding vicinities.  Animeals on Wheels is a natural extension of that service. For many home-bound residents, their pet is their only companion. The Animeals program was initially funded through a $2,500 donation from the Banfield Charitable Foundation.

“When Kim [Tudor] of Danny & Ron’s Rescue called me to talk about the Animeals program, after reading the article in the Wellington Town Crier, I never imagined the blessing that we would receive,” Debbie Emerick, Director of Volunteer Services, said. “When she told us that they were going to donate $10,000 I couldn’t stop screaming, ‘You’re kidding? Oh my gosh! You’re kidding!’ I was in disbelief.”

The donated money will act as a huge help for Animeals on Wheels, assisting with the large veterinary costs associated with not only owning pets, but also maintaining their health as they continue to age.

“Many of our home-bound senior clients who live alone depend on their pets for companionship but providing food and veterinary care while living on a limited income can be a challenge,” said Charlie Ring, executive director of Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches. “Through our new Animeals program we’re able to help relieve some of the burden on our clients who love and care about their cats and dogs so deeply.”

For Danny & Ron’s Rescue, the chance to add $150,000 to their support of needy animals this year has been a dream come true, yet they wanted to allow the money to go a little bit further. At their home in Wellington, Florida, Danta and Robertshaw have worked with local veterinarians and organizations to build sustainable relationships and partnerships that assist the elderly and their animals. Seeing Animeals on Wheels taking its first steps in Palm Beach County is the perfect match for Danny & Ron’s Rescue, and they hope to continue building on that relationship.

Danny & Ron’s Rescue saw this as a valuable way to use part of their winnings and improve the lives of both people and their pets in their local community. Currently, the Animeals program is free for clients enrolled in Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches, and is expected to grow exponentially as part of the organization’s five-year plan.

For more information on Danny & Ron’s Rescue, please visit http://www.dannyandronsrescue.com/ or stay up to date on their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DannyRonsRescue.

About Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches is a non-profit organization dedicated to nourishing and enriching the lives of the homebound in the local community. An affiliate of Meals on Wheels America, the organization provides nutritious mid-day meals to those unable to prepare their own and living alone. A community-based organization, Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches relies on volunteers and the financial support of local residents, corporate partners and foundations, operating without government funding.

Don’t Miss The Deadline To Apply For USA Equestrian Trust Grants

April 29, 2015 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

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Equine Non-Profits Must Submit Applications by Monday, May 4

April 28, 2015 — Lexington, KY — There is still time to submit proposals for USA Equestrian Trust’s 2015 grants program. IRS-registered equine non-profits are invited to apply by filling out the online grant application at http://www.trusthorses.org.

In 2014, the Trust awarded nearly $300,000 to help fund almost 20 projects. The Trust’s financial support has been dedicated largely but not exclusively for initiatives that are productive across several national-level discipline and/or breed boundaries. The Trust welcomes proposals for need-based projects and encourages applicants to detail those in their applications.

Any organization applying must submit copies of its IRS non-profit determination letter and most recent Form 990, as well as a proposed budget for its project. The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, May 4.

Funding available for grants includes $41,500 reserved for Hunter and Jumper non-profit programs and activities in California and Nevada. Applicants for this fund should make clear their intention to apply for grants available from this specific reserve.

If you have any questions about applying, please e-mail grants@trusthorses.org.

About USA Equestrian Trust

USA Equestrian Trust is a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation whose mission is to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports. The Trust is a private foundation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code.

8th Annual Pet a Pony Day

April 28, 2015 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Photo by Barbara Bays

Photo by Barbara Bays

8th Annual Pet a Pony Day, sponsored by M&M Tack Shop

When: Weds. June 24, 2015, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Where:  Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex, 4601 Trinity Rd. Raleigh NC 27607
(Across the street from Carter-Finley Stadium)

What:  Pet real ponies; learn about horse health and horse care; watch show jumping  and watch a farrier at work.

  • Petting ponies courtesy of the North Carolina Horse Council and Shepherd Youth Ranch
  • Farrier demonstrations at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00 courtesy of Joey Hite, Certified Journeyman Farrier
  • Horse health display and staff courtesy of the NCSU School of Veterinary Medicine Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners
Photo by Cyndi Peterson

Photo by Cyndi Peterson

Cost:  Admission and parking are free

Pet a Pony Day is a feature event of the North Carolina Hunter Jumper Assoc. (NCHJA) Annual Horse Show.  Youngsters from the NCHJA, 4H and Pony Club serve as guides and hosts for this event, which offers fun and excitement for children of all ages.

Contact Barbara Bays bmbaysbus@gmail.com or 919-676-8293 for more information.

Website: www.nchja.com

Photo by Tory Hoft

Photo by Tory Hoft

The NCHJA Annual Horse Show takes place at the Hunt Horse Complex everyday, Weds. June 24–Sun. June 28, 2015, with special classes held Fri. and Sat. evenings.  Spectators are welcome.  Admission is free throughout the show.

High Performance Dressage Riders Passionate About Brooke USA’s Cause

April 09, 2015 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Allison Brock and Rosevelt (Photo credit: Mary Adelaide Brakenridge)

Allison Brock and Rosevelt (Photo credit: Mary Adelaide Brakenridge)

Wellington, FL – April 8, 2015 – Grand Prix dressage riders Allison Brock and Shannon Dueck are passionate about Brooke USA, the world’s largest international equine welfare charity.

Brock, of the United States, was introduced to the charity and all that they do for working horses and donkeys by Fritz and Claudine Kundrun. She knew that it was important to bring awareness to it.

“I think Brooke USA is one of the best charities around for working horses and donkeys,” Brock said. “They actually educate people on how to take care of them, and they work towards more sustainable, long term quality care of the animal. To me it’s the best case scenario because when you help the animals the owners benefit, too.”

Brock competes at the international Grand Prix level with Rosevelt, a 13-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by the Kundruns. She recently won team gold with USA Team 1 at the Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3* in Wellington, Florida.

Brock is an athlete who is at the top of the high performance dressage world and her success only continues to grow. At shows, she shares information about Brooke USA to encourage others to become involved.

“I typically will have banners out and bring pamphlets,” Brock said. “I talk to people who ask about it, direct them to the website and try to raise awareness. We live in this world where our horses are taken care of better than people, and you need to balance it out a bit.”

As the Brooke’s presence continues to grow in the United States, Brock hopes that more people who learn about the charity are motivated to help. She believes that at the end of the day, horse people are passionate about helping animals, and involvement will increase as awareness of the charity spreads.

“I think awareness is going to grow and we can keep raising funds at horse shows, among other things, in the U.S.,” Brock said. “I think once people know what the charity is about, they’ll be all for it. It’s such a good cause, and the money is spent so well. People just need to know about it; horse people want to take care of horses and donkeys.”

Brooke veterinarian treats a malnourished horse who works in tourism in the Middle East www.BrookeUSA.org (Photo courtesy of Brooke USA)

Brooke veterinarian treats a malnourished horse who works in tourism in the Middle East.
(Photo courtesy of Brooke USA, www.BrookeUSA.org)

Dueck, who is also successful in the world of high performance dressage, likewise competed at the Stillpoint Farm Nations Cup CDIO3* on Canada’s Team 2, taking home the team bronze medal. Dueck said she is a “sucker for animal charities,” and she has been supporting the Brooke for around 15 years.

“They’re really helping our horses and our working equines,” Dueck said. “It also makes a difference to so many impoverished people, so it’s a win-win situation for both the animals and the people who rely on them.”

The Brooke was founded in Great Britain. Dueck, like Brock, believes the key to increasing the numbers of U.S. supporters is building awareness of the charity in the U.S., since once people understand the positive impact of the work it does, they want to be involved.

“It’s such a wonderful charity that helps on so many levels,” Dueck said. “The amount of money that goes directly to helping the animals and the people is huge, and the administrative costs are quite low. For that reason, we need the awareness out there, and I’m hoping that in the next five years everybody in my industry knows about this charity.”

Though some people may not be in a financial situation to be donating funds, donating time and knowledge is just as important, which is what Dueck hopes to do.

Brock and Dueck have both had successful winter seasons in Wellington, culminating with their appearances in the Nations Cup. Dueck was especially pleased with her performance that weekend with the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding Cantaris, who is owned by Elizabeth Ferber.

“We got personal best scores through all of our tests and we were the starters both in the Prix St. Georges and the Intermediaire I, so we kind of had to set the bar,” Dueck said. “I was super proud; we didn’t make a mistake all weekend, so that was a very nice way to end the season. It was fantastic to end on such a high note.”

Shannon Dueck and Cantaris (Photo credit: Mary Adelaide Brakenridge)  Shannon Dueck and Cantaris, Client: Brooke USA Photo Credit: Mary Adelaide Brakenridge

Shannon Dueck and Cantaris (Photo credit: Mary Adelaide Brakenridge)

Brock was also happy with her season with Rosevelt. The pair’s two wins in Grand Prix CDI classes and consistent performances at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival established them among the top U.S. combinations. Though Brock believes Rosevelt enjoys showing, it is still important to her to maintain a balance. His wellbeing is far more important to her than winning a blue ribbon, and it is easy to see how this mindset translates to her support of the Brooke.

“I was really, really happy with my horse,” Brock said. “He is just getting better and better. Both of us needed experience, and I think I was smart to not over-show him. He was still happy to show at the end of the season, and I think that’s really important. You can take advantage of the shows, but you don’t want to overdo it. They have to want to go out there and be happy to be in that ring, and I think he was.”

The Brooke  is currently working in 11 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, and in the last year it reached 1.5 million working horses, donkeys and mules, benefiting several million of the world’s poorest people. Brooke USA is a 501(c)(3) charity and exists solely to support the overseas work of the Brooke.

For more information about Brooke USA, please contact Cindy Rullman: 859-296-0037, Cindy.Rullman@BrookeUSA.org, or visit www.BrookeUSA.org.

Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center Partners with RunTheBluegrass to Offer Family Fun Day

April 01, 2015 By: janwest Category: What's Happenin'

Family fun personalizing genuine horse shoes to take home. (Photo credit: Catherine Flowers)

Family fun personalizing genuine horse shoes to take home.
(Photo credit: Catherine Flowers)

Lexington, KY. March 28, 2014 – On Saturday, March 28th, the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center hosted runners and their families for an afternoon of fun in collaboration with RunTheBluegrass. A day of running and experiencing the best of Central Kentucky’s farms and horse parks, RunTheBluegrass offered races of various length from Kids’ One Mile to Half-Marathon.

After crossing the finish line, participants headed to the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center for a family fun day, where they had the opportunity to paint and decorate their own genuine horseshoes, take pictures with the Secretariat statue, watch the off-the-track Thoroughbreds play in the arena, groom a horse, and even dress like a jockey.

Meeting the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center residents. (Photo credit: Catherine Flowers)

Meeting the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center residents.
(Photo credit: Catherine Flowers)

Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center Executive Director Susanna Thomas was on hand to greet guests and join the activities. “RunTheBluegrass is a fantastic event that really showcases all the beauty that Lexington has to offer,” said Thomas. “I am so glad that the MMSC was able to partner with the race to teach participants about all the work that we do to help Thoroughbreds and to give families an enjoyable and memorable afternoon with the horses.”

About the Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center (MMSC): The Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is a premier reschooling facility and showcase for adoptable Thoroughbreds. Founded in 2004, the MMSC uses its illustrious location in the Kentucky Horse Park to herald the athleticism of this amazing breed by teaching new skill sets to horses of all levels of ability so they can go on to be ambassadors for racehorses in new careers.