People Helping People, People Helping Animals — That’s Saddlebred Rescue

The picture above is of Mason and Gigi — horse (SBR rescue) and rider from Vantage Point Farm in Houston, TX.

I could drone on and on about the need for everyone to get behind this great organization, but like most forms of persuasion, true third party endorsements and testimonials are far better than all of my wordsmith skills.  Lucky for me (and you), I have May and Steve Chadick’s personal experience of Saddlebred Rescue to share with you.  So if you were ever wondering where that money goes that you donate,  how the system works or if it is successful, or if it would work for you, read the story of May and Steve Chadick owners / trainers at  Vantage Point Farm in Houston, TX, below.  ( With very little editing, the story is theirs.

People helping animals, people helping people… that is Saddlebred Rescue.

The faces of Saddlebred Rescue… Speaking those words, most immediately think of the horses whose lives have been saved; we do as well, but are quick to recognize the driving force behind the success of the SBR mission. Without the kindness, compassion, inspiration & actions of the key players….Mark & Nealia McCracken, Pat Johnson & Jason Molback – this world would have lost many equine treasures & never have known of the horrors so many of our horses go through.

True friends of the horse, particularly the American Saddlebred Horse, the people of Saddlebred Rescue work long, un-paid hours as they care for sick, injured and/or starving creatures in any & all types of weather. They make tremendous personal sacrifice so that the horses don’t have to…they travel to the sales tirelessly hoping to make the difference between life & death for an animal that doesn’t even know they exist. They do all this because they love the horses.

Those of us who have chosen to be a part of Saddlebred Rescue are blessed. Whether we are working in fundraising, helping with rescues, adopting horses, etc. – our lives have been touched by the work of this selfless group. One has only to look into the eyes of an adopted true “Rescue Horse” to grasp the concept of what has taken place. That animal was living a life of tremendous struggle and poor care, then was staring at death’s door in the sale barn not long before it entered our world. Sometimes it only takes a few days, sometimes a few weeks – but- every one of these gentle souls re-gains the light & spirit in their eyes. We consider ourselves fortunate to be a part of that process.

Vantage Point Farm has four SBR horses in our program currently and two others that have been retired.     ALL were adopted with nothing but our trust in the “word” of Nealia and Pat that they were the right horse      for the job. We peek at a photograph or perhaps a short video & take the word of these experienced horse people and instructors. That’s right….we adopt these horses and incur the tremendous shipping expense from     New Jersey to Houston, TX based on trust.




“Bugsy” was our precious first…he carried the most timid and tiny around the arena for years, very careful to never let them shift too far off center. The confidence he gave so many people can’t be appreciated enough. “Blue” had a lot of spirit and gave our advanced riders great challenge until his retirement. “Scout” (Lookout), “Hannah” (Bette) and “Dash” are all vital parts of our program, each serving in the role best suited to them. “Gigi”  is our younger WT riders “go-to girl” for entering the show arena. She has carried many of them to top ribbons in tough academy classes throughout the state. She is a true treasure, as she is also the horse that we trust with our 5 yr. old son. These horses are a vital part of the success of our riding program. We are proud to tell our riders that they are riding a rescue horse, and they love knowing that their dollars help pay for their care.

The humans behind Saddlebred Rescue  have created something special, something we all need to support. Rescuing and rehabilitating the horses into useful equine citizens is an endeavor worth doing… making quality, safe, sound and affordable horses available to riding instructors and horse lovers (who may not have huge financial resources)  is doing tremendous service to our industry.

People helping animals, people helping people… that is Saddlebred Rescue.

May & Steve Chadick

Ariel and Gigi after a prize winning academy show.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess that you are saying something to yourself like, “I’m just a rider, I don’t train, I don’t have a barn, why should I make a donation to Saddlebred rescue?”  My answer is very simple… it’s the right thing to do, whatever the amount.  On average SBR saves 100 horses from slaughter annually.  If the horses themselves could talk I could tell you the specifics of how they wound up at the auction, but they can’t so I can’t.  What I can tell you is that these noble horses are given a second chance through the heroic efforts of Saddlebred Rescue.  Click on the donate button on the right to make your donation.  The $5 (or more) that you donate is $5 (or more) that we didn’t have 10 minutes ago can be spent on helping the horses.  Bandages, fly spray, gasoline, ivermectin, it all adds up.  It all counts.

Thanks for your generosity and I look forward to hearing from you.

Cindy (who loves Saddlebreds)


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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3 Responses to People Helping People, People Helping Animals — That’s Saddlebred Rescue

  1. Huge thanks to Steve and May of Vantage Point Farm! What an eloquent testimonial — the ASB community is extremely lucky to have you in it!

  2. Judith Lowry says:

    A true statement and beautifully written testimonial by May Chadick

    • May says:

      Thank you ladies. I have been blessed with a tiny bit of my Mother’s writing talent. As you can tell, we are very passionate about Saddlebred Rescue. We believe in the efforts and the results, and whatever we can do to help, we will.

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