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8th Annual Holiday Turf Club Party Wrap Up

Our 8th Annual Holiday Turf Club Party at Golden Gate Fields on December 2, 2017 was a huge success! It was a beautiful day in the Bay Area and everyone who attended enjoyed a day of racing, great food and wonderful company. There were some amazing items in our Silent Auction and raffle and we were able to end the day with almost everything being sold! Of course, we could not do this without the help, support and compassion of all our dedicated volunteers and donors and a big high five to Karin Wagner, our intrepid leader, who always puts so much effort into making this event our biggest fundraiser of the year! Thanks to all for supporting our program and helping make a difference in our beloved OTTB’s lives!!

Just a small sampling of the over 30 volunteers that came out for us on the day of to volunteer. It truly takes a village!!! From L to R back row, Fred, Amy, Minjae, Maureen & Karen. From L to R front row, Grace, Becca, JoJo, Luna, Caroline, jockey Rocco Bowen, Karin, Gina, Diane, Alisha A. & Alisha L.

 

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Race for the Rescues 2017

Race for the Rescues 2017

Another successful Race for the Rescues is in the bag! Thanks to our team we raised over $13K to help animals in need! Great job everyone involved including our couch potato racers, our team mascots Blaze and Kai, and huge thanks to all of you who supported us!!

Race for the Rescues 2017

A big thanks to all who participated!
Maureen Sowell, Team Captain
Karin Wagner
Bryan Miccolis
Barbara Dutra
Ingrid Nuernberg
Helen Pollack
Victoria Brentwood
Dharinne Perera-Myers
Jenn Collins
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Tack Sale Wrap Up

Bear Creek Tack Sale

Our tack sale held on Sunday, September 24th was a huge success and we raised nearly $1,400!

Bear Creek Tack Sale

Thanks to our coordinator Barbara Dutra and everyone who cleaned tack, organized the layouts, baked goods and helped with fitting horses and giving advice to our shoppers.  Shout out to Friends of Bear Creek Stables member Melany who drove down to deliver cupcakes and help haul stuff from the trailers to the set up area.  Other shout outs go to Scott Williams and Gary Ashford who did more hauling both before and after the event.

Bear Creek Tack Sale

Executive Director Karin Wagner was with us all day long showcasing our beautiful NS swag and our own Sunday junior volunteer Maddie was the ringleader along with Emma and Evie (Scott’s girls) who decided to lure customers off of Bear Creek Road for some of our baked goods- they delivered and made a wonderful contribution!

Bear Creek Tack Sale

Great team-work!  Diane Azevedo & Karen Read were there all day long with Barbara and it was a solid group effort!  The Race for the Rescue’s event is in a few weeks-proceeds go towards a wonderful cause!

Bear Creek Tack Sale

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Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show

Board Director Maureen Sowell and Volunteer Annie Eitman just spent a great weekend at the Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show in Temecula March 25-26, 2017.  Here is a recap of their adventure:
Thankfully the rain which had been forecast did not materialize and the weather was beautiful.  Natalie Reitkirk from CARMA said that it was the biggest turnout out that they have had with over 90 entries. 
The main reason we went was to see Jennifer Osborne from Fire & Ice Horse Rescue in Las Vegas compete with Pharrell, one of the horses from the Lockwood Valley rescue.  We could not believe it was the same horse, especially Annie, who had been involved in getting these 12 horses out two days before Christmas 2014.  Jennifer has done an amazing job with him.  He is super sweet, gorgeous, has loads of talent and has the potential to go a long way with the right person.
We also got the opportunity to meet Clover!  Oh, what a beautiful girl and again, JoJo Zumwalt has done a wonderful job in getting her started.  For a young, inexperienced horse to handle a 10 hour trailer ride down from Sacramento and back, being in a new place and all the commotion of a horse show around her, she handled it all like a superstar!!  She was featured in the Showcase on Sunday which is a new element that TCHS is bringing to feature horses are for sale or adoption.  There was some interest in her and I handed out cards and adoption applications. Natalie also took some professional photos of her.
All in all, it was a great weekend and we were glad to make connections with everyone.  It was also a good workout!!!  Annie and I checked our health apps on our IPhones and between the two days we walked over 8 miles!!!! 
Our little boy Pharrell has grown up! Rescued from starvation three years ago and so un-handled we called him by the name of “Feral” initially, he landed in the amazing hands of Jennifer Osborne of Fire and Ice Horses. Competing in only his second show he excelled in dressage, show jumping and cross country winning two first and two second ribbons in his events. Under patient and loving training, Jennifer has brought out the talent and potential in this once forgotten, neglected horse.
We were lucky enough to be able to show Cloverinahaystack (Clover) in the Showcase event. Even though this was her first “sleepover” in a strange place and after a 10-hour long round trip trailer ride, nothing phased her! This four year old beauty handled everything like an old pro. She is going to make some lucky person very happy! Many thanks to JoJo Zumwalt and Claudia Booth for transporting her all that way and back! You guys are troopers! Also, a big thank you to Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show for allowing us the opportunity to show her off!
The Thoroughbred Classic Horse Show improves with each show and Neigh Savers is very proud to continue our support of all TB horse shows.

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Learning Some New Things

July 5th 2016 – I am so proud of Oso, he is becoming accustomed to handling trailering to other locations to ride with no issues. I have made an effort in the last week to get him over to the Woodside Horse Park a couple times within the span of a few days, as it sometimes helps young horses figure out that trailering is part of their program and not a big deal. Today was our best ride yet, we hacked all over the cross country course, up hills, around jumps, and through the water! He walked right into the water with no problems. We also went in the arena where the A circuit Hunter/jumper show was being held and schooled over a couple of jumps! He did not blink an eye at the brightly colored poles, plants and gates. Oso is brave to the jumps without being hot, I think he likes to jump! Jumping training has also helped his canter develop. Having a jump or pole in front of him makes him balance from his hind end. I am looking forward to seeing how Oso does cross country schooling!

 

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Oso is Growing Up!

June 19th 2016 – Oso has made great strides since our last blog update. I started him over some small fences, and we made our first trip away from the home barn! With a young horse, my only goal for the first ‘field trip’ is to make it a positive experience, even if that means simply trailering to a new place, walking around, and trailering home. Of course, given Oso’s easy going and affable personality, I had high hopes we would be able to accomplish even more on our first trip! He exceeded my expectations, and we had a great ride, at the Woodside Horse Park! After getting over some initial nervousness about being in such a large space, we were able to do some nice trot work, and then hang out quietly as I taught a few students in their horses. We ended with a trail ride on cross country course. Looking forward to our next adventure, and hopefully our first show sometime soon!

Oso Woodside At The Horse ParkOso Woodside In the ArenaOso Woodside On the Cross Country Course

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Team Members Needed for Race for the Rescues

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Calling all Neigh Savers Supporters!

Join us in raising money and awareness for our Retired Racing Thoroughbreds at the most fun animal fundraiser of the year, the Race for the Rescue!

October 24, 2015
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA

Help us reach our goal of $10,000  
We can do it…with your help!

Be a part of Team Neigh Savers. Unite in numbers and show your support for the horses. There are several races to choose from 1K, 5K, 10K, and Kids Fun Run. Want to support, but are in Europe? No problem, Join the Virtual Couch Potato Run!

Line Dance with Celebrity Guest Jane Lynch. Chow down on BBQ. Help run the Neigh Savers Tent. Oh, there are special prizes given for money that you raise. Raise money for your team and help the horses! It’s a total win-win.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER OR DONATERace_2015_11x17_Country_Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions? Ideas? Volunteer? Click here to contact Team Captain Maureen

 

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Kid’s Open House at Schott in the Dark Farms

Diane Schott and little boy enjoying a pony ride

Diane Schott and little boy enjoying a pony ride

What is better than kids, off-track thoroughbreds, and family? Not much! On June 10, 2015 Neigh Savers’s Southern California hosted a Kid’s Open House at Schott in the Dark Farms in Agoura.

The morning was a great success. Families had the opportunity to learn about the Neigh Savers program. Kids got to meet two of our program’s horses: Onyx Be Good and High & Mighty. Carrots and scratches were plenty as children had the opportunity to interact with our horses. Many of these kids were touching a horse for the first time. Activities included face painting, horse shoe toss, people jumping, and pony rides.

A big thank you to Diane and Karl Schott of Schott in the Dark Farms for opening their barn to the community. Also, many thanks to our volunteers for making this such a success.

Face painting, it is a family affair

Face painting, it is a family affair

Lots of carrots and new friends enjoying the company of our resident horses.

Lots of carrots and new friends enjoying our horses

Best buddies digging with their horseshoes

Best buddies digging with their horseshoes

Baby & Dad meeting an Off-Track Thoroughbred

Baby & Dad meeting an Off-Track Thoroughbred

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