At Allegiance Ranch, we strive to provide a safe and welcoming place for veterans, active duty military, first responders, and their families, to find release from every day challenges. We rely on donor support to ensure ongoing care and training for our rescued horses and offer our programs at no charge to these heroes.
OUR MISSION is to help horses and heroes by offering a safe place for healing, developing a sense of purpose, and establishing meaningful connections between horses and humans.
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT We love our volunteer community!
This is the place we introduce the wonderful members of our Allegiance community who help make our mission to help horses and heroes possible. This month we're introducing Carol Poynter (and her veteran boyfriend David Gilchrist). Carol found us in April of 2018 and has spent time helping with chores like feeding and mucking, and also can be relied upon to help at special events like horsemanship clinics and our annual Heroes and Horses Hoedown. She is passionate about horses, devotes her time and energy to our mission (as does David), and has also provided financial support to the ranch. Thank you, Carol!
What initially drew you to Allegiance Ranch? I had a couple of negative experiences volunteering at another horse rescue, and I was also hoping to find a place closer to Louisville to volunteer with horses. I heard of Allegiance Ranch through word of mouth and began volunteering in April 2018. I reconnected with my boyfriend David a few months later and he was in the Army for 24 years. It’s been great for him to have a place to volunteer and feel welcome since he relocated to Colorado. He loves coming out and being with the horses, and also the focus on veterans is something he appreciates. He hopes to bring some of his soldiers to the Ranch at some point.
What do you find most meaningful or enjoyable about volunteering your time at the ranch? I love being with the horses – it’s very meditative for me – even though I have one of my own. I enjoy doing whatever I can, whether it’s feeding, haying, cleaning, grooming or preparing for a special event at the Ranch. I grew up on 20 acres in Florida with 13 horses, 6 dogs, a goat, some sheep, cows and a cat. I didn’t have neighbors so my best friends were the animals. I spent hours after school riding, cleaning stalls, and teaching the dogs to jump over broomsticks. Being at the ranch reminds me of being a kid again.
Do you have a favorite rescue horse? Honestly, I love Georgie and Gizmo so much (the miniature donkeys), and then Summer, because I’m partial to mustangs. I fell in love with Thunder, my mustang, while volunteering at the Wild Horse Rescue in Mims, FL. That was 8 years ago. I’ve been in Colorado for a little over three years now and am thankful to have found a really great place to volunteer.
What would you tell someone who’s thinking about volunteering at the ranch? I would urge them to get out and volunteer, even if they only have an hour to spare. Gloria and Dan are so welcoming, and there are no time constraints or inflexible scheduling issues as there are at other places. If you can come for an hour during volunteer hours, that’s just fine. Or if you are a veteran, come out and enjoy yourself at one of the special events. Everyone is so friendly, and they always have refreshments!
If you'd like to become a member of our volunteer community, we offer volunteer orientation once a month. Click here for more information.