Part 6 in Sarah Andrew's Horses and Hope series, an uplifting look at how the equine community helps local horses in need.
On the coldest day of 2011, after a substantial snowstorm, my friend Kris and I took a drive out to Northport, NY, past Aqueduct, past Belmont, all the way to Project Sage Horse Rescue. We were greeted by a group of lovely, cheerful, enthusiastic horse lovers who were bundled up in layers upon layers and ready to enjoy our photo shoot.
Founded in 2007 by then-16-year-old Brittany Rostron as a way to honor her dearly-departed rescue horse Sage, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization has since saved over 130 horses from slaughter and abuse.
|Brittany and Sal|
Once we visited the clean, cozy barn, we trudged up a hill to set up for some liberty photos in the snow. The Project Sage volunteers did all the wrangling in the snow for the photo shoot with smiles on their faces, and our session was filled with laughter and good spirits.
|Whiskey and Tango, from New Holland|
|Harley, from New Holland|
|Belle, Caitlin, Cadie, Sugar (horse), Brittany, Katie, Anna|
When asked for advice to young women who want to get involved in the rescue world, Brittany had this to say:
"To other young girls, I always say no matter what anyone says, you can make a difference. It takes hard work and dedication but if you put your heart and soul into it, you can help horses in need. Everyone always told me I was too young to help horses in need, but I proved them wrong and worked hard to establish my horse rescue. Young girls are our horses' future, so I hope many more young people get involved with horse rescue and take the initiative to speak up for our horses."
With leaders like Brittany at the helm of the horse rescue world, the future looks bright indeed.
|Cadie, Flint (horse), and Brittany|
Horses and Hope 2013 Calendar
Last year, with the help of Gina Keesling of HoofPrints, my debut calendar contained over 100 photos of auction horses. Thanks to the support of horse lovers all over, it raised over $40,000 for One Horse At A Time, helping hundreds of horses in need directly, and untold others indirectly through increased public awareness. Now that we have one calendar's worth of experience to draw upon, the 2013 version promises to be even more exciting, even more creative, and as always, inspirational and positive.
Please click on the links below to read read about the horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules in the calendar:
Electronic Press Release: 2013 Calendar