Its amazing that we have been in operation for seven years! It seems like just yesterday we were all sitting around the table at the barn, on that warm summer day, wondering if we could really do this….I guess we did! In the past seven years, we have rescued and rehabilitated 22 horses. It has been an arduous and very rewarding journey.
From our first rescue, aptly named “Uno”, to the most recent, “Nora”, it has been a journey that none of us will ever forget. We have rehomed many horses, learned more than we could have ever imagined and made some wonderful friends along the way. We have ten horses at the moment – several are just waiting for their new forever homes.
In this short seven years, we have not only successfully rehabilitated 22 horses, but we have built a great board of directors and gained much respect in our community. We want to thank the Grapeview, Allyn, Shelton, Belfair and other communities for their support. One of our biggest goals was to successfully implement our therapeutic riding program and expand that to visiting nursing facilities with our miniature horses. This had been near and dear to our hearts. Our lesson program is soaring to new heights and we have a on-site Equine Massage Therapist, working not only on the rescued horses but other horses as well.
One of the most exciting events for our organization this year was that the Puyallup Tribe of Indians Charity Trust Board presented Sunrise Equine Rescue with a $25,000 grant! This generous grant, designated for medical/dental needs and hay, has allowed us to really focus on building a stronger foundation for our organization. The two annual dinner, dance and silent auction events, one in March and one in November, as well as other fundraisers held annually at KBH Archery club, Allyn Days, Whaling Days, Taste of Hood Canal, Kiwanis Builders Club, and the Burley Bazaar, allow the rest of our funds to be focused on hoof care and other supplies. We continually develop solid relationships and much appreciated supporters in local residents and businesses, and some not so local.
Visit the giving tree at The Equine Shoppe in Poulsbo and pick an item of the tree to help support the horses in our care. Also supporting us this Christmas in Maddy’s Old Town Flowers, creating and selling beautiful horse head wreaths and donating the proceeds of these sales to Sunrise Equine Rescue! And don’t forget about the “Rescue Pooh”—it is still available in large quantities. We want to sincerely thank all the volunteers that helped support our organization throughout the year. Without each donation, we could not succeed.
We are already planning our next dinner dance and silent auction, “Lucky Horse Dance”, to be held in March. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or would like to donate an auction item, please contact us at the information below. We are always looking for volunteers for any number of duties, not only at the barn, but at the fundraisers, too.
As always, give us a call, make an appointment to come on down to give us a hand and get some mud on your boots! For more info, visit sunriseequinerescue.org or call 360-275-2960. We’re on Facebook. Located on 401 E. Mason Benson Road, Grapeview, WA 98528