Help us Save a Saddlebred

Save a Saddlebred

If you are reading this post, I am guessing that it is fair to say that you are a humanitarian with a specific interest in the American Saddlebred horse. Believe it or not, every year approximately 350 Saddlebreds are sent to auction and ultimately wind up in the hands of the killers. Seriously, it’s tragic but true. That is until Saddlebred Rescue got involved.

About seven years ago a grassroots effort was started to save this noble horse from unnecessary slaughter. Christie Parker began the daunting task of saving Saddlebreds in Georgia. Soon, Pat Johnson and Nealia McCracken took up the charge and began attending auctions in Pennsylvania, spotting Saddlebreds , buying them, rehabilitating them and placing them in forever homes. I guess you could say, that is when Saddlebred Rescue was born.

As with most charities, our budget is stretched as tight as the girth on a child’s horse. Actually, we’re tighter than that. We don’t have room to get two fingers between the girth and the belly, and we aren’t operating with a puffed out stomach full of air. We’re operating the old fashioned, “make every dime count” way. We need your help.

As a 501 (c)(3) organization, we depend on a lot of volunteerism and charitable giving. After all, it takes many, many resources to save and place approximately 100 horses per year. (More on that in another post). The purpose of this post is to tell you about a painless and fun way that you can help.

All you have to do is mark your calendar for Thursday, August 23, 2012 @ 10:30 a.m., write a check for $30, come to a great brunch and participate in our silent auction. You can give just by attending our annual Saddlebred Rescue Fundraiser to be held at the Crowne Plaza, Louisville during the World Championship Horse Show. Personally, I’ve attended every fundraiser since Minna Hankin hosted the first one in 2006 and it’s a great time and money well spent. The auction always has sensational items – many equine related, some not. Personally, I have quite a few auction items in my home.

It’s very exciting to tell you that this year the planning committee has scored a major coup. They have solicited the donation of a Faberge Egg to be included in the silent auction. Yes, you read that correctly, there will be a Faberge Egg in the auction at the Saddlebred Rescue Fundraiser. This one of a kind egg is called, “The Carousel Egg” and was created by Theo Faberge. This sterling silver and 24 karat gold Egg is a first in having two colors of brilliant enamel on the shell, both royal blue and cherry red guilloche’ enamel. The finial, the Romanov Crown, is set with a cabochon ruby. The decoration on the outside of the Egg is taken from design themes from antique carousels.

Lovingly created by:  Theo Faberge

Upon opening the Egg, the surprise is a working carousel embellished with Theo’s signature engine turning. Upon being wound, as the carousel rotates, its horses rise and descend to the music of the “Carousel Waltz” by Chopin. The three distinctive American styles are represented in Theo’s lavishly enameled horses: The Philadelphia, the Coney Island and the Country Fair. Each Carousel Egg is numbered and bears Theo Faberge’s hallmark. Presentation is in a golden carriage case with a limited edition certificate. Eggs in this particular Theo Faberge retail between $15,000 and $39,000.

Very soon, we’ll have a button to click to buy your brunch tickets and I’ll post it. If you have an item to donate, please contact Nancy Trent at and she’ll walk you through the process.

Cindy who loves Saddlebreds

See you on the 23rd.


About Save a Saddlebred

This blog is on behalf of a cause that is near and dear to my heart, Saddlebred Rescue. Our group saves, rehabilitates and repurposes saddlebred horses. To date, we have prevented 900+ horses from being slaughtered. I'm proud to be a part of that. This site will bring you news of whats going on and of course, pleas for donations. Think about it, it's a great cause.
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6 Responses to Help us Save a Saddlebred

  1. This is such exciting news. Saddlebred Rescue does such great work and it is amazing how many horses are given such a good home and a job.

  2. Thanks for your commentary and I agree. Saddlebred Rescue is a fantastic organization. Such good fortune for the rescues placed in their forever homes. Will I see you at the brunch on the 23rd?

  3. Linda neely says:

    Thanks Cindy!

  4. Wonderful and heartfelt testimony!

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