Come this Saturday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. to the Spirit Wind Horse Rescue Backyard Barbecue.
"There will be food, wine, beer and dancing, so put on your boots and scoot on over," co-founder Vendla Stockdale said.
There will be brisket, brats, vegetarian chili, salads and desserts to eat. Bid on some excellent items in the silent auction. You'll be able to see Spirit Wind's new leased property. A DJ will play lots of tunes throughout the evening.
To find Spirit Wind , head north on Fourth Street off Bridge Street in downtown Hotchkiss. A sign will direct you to Powell Mesa. The road will wind to the west. The address is 34879 Powell Mesa Road.
Costs for the barbecue are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for kids. Proceeds will benefit Spirit Wind by paying for training fees, grain, supplements and hay.
Spirit Wind Horse Rescue is leasing the property for just $1 a year from Gayle Nosal, founder of Red Empress Foundation, who bought the property so Spirit Wind could be more hay independent. The first hay cutting goes to the owner, but Spirit Wind keeps the second cutting. "Most of our finances won't have to go toward buying hay. We'll have more money for other programs and other activities for our horses," Stockdale said. The rescue organization will now be able to offer sanctuary for more horses. "[Gayle Nosal] wants us to grow, and she wants us to create a facility up there. Obviously, it's going to be one step at a time. Moving from this foster environment that we've always had — of course, some horses will always be in foster care because they are older or have medical needs or they're wild mustangs — the plan is to eventually integrate more and more onto that property so that we can have all sorts of clinics up there," Stockdale said.
Spirit Wind Horse Rescue co-founders Stockdale and Beth Keenan will continue to have their separate ranches with horses on Fruitland Mesa.
Wags & Menace Foundation is sponsoring the barbecue this Saturday. The foundation has covered almost all medical costs for Spirit Wind horses over the last year and a half.
Spirit Wind Horse Rescue has 64 horses at this time and includes domesticated horses, mini burros, mini horses, ponies and mustangs.
Spirit Wind started in 2006 and became a nonprofit in 2009. "We started with three horses, and now we have our land, our wild mustang program. We are just growing bigger and bigger. We have about 20 volunteers," Stockdale said. "I can't believe how far we have come in such a short period of time."
For more information or to volunteer call Beth Keenan at 921-5646.blog comments powered by Disqus