Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue – October 2018 Newsletter

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM ALLEGIANCE RANCH! We can’t believe that winter is almost upon us but the snowstorm from earlier this month was a good practice run. We had blankets ready for the horses that needed them and everyone’s natural winter coats are coming in nicely. We’ve got some fuzzy horses!

BUILD A FENCE FUNDRAISER
We need your help to protect the horses! A new housing development is being built along the east side of the property, and now a pedestrian walkway has been set right alongside the ranch property line. This has created an urgent need to build a more secure perimeter fence! We must secure the perimeter from trespassers and ensure the safety of the horses and pedestrians alike. You can help by buying a post, buying a panel, or buying a section! Details are available on the Allegiance Ranch Fundraiser page. Please also share with your friends, employers, and anyone you know who may be interested in sponsorship or advertising opportunities. Thank you for your support!

HERO HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC WAS A SUCCESS
Our first horsemanship clinic for veterans and first responders was a success! Although we had a small group, the weather cooperated and the horses did a great job. Our participants spent time grooming, tacking, practicing groundwork, leading the horses through obstacles, and even did some riding. It was so rewarding to see rescue horses that couldn’t be handled at all when they arrived at the ranch working alongside our heroes, being led and groomed and loved on. We’re particularly grateful to our wonderful volunteer team for spending many hours in the weeks leading up to the event to make sure all of the horses were ready. We’ll be offering another Hero Horsemanship Clinic again soon.

WOMEN’S HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC
We’re offering a women’s horsemanship clinic on Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Female veterans, moms and wives of veterans and active duty members, female first responders, and female family members of veterans or active duty members are welcome! Participants in this free clinic will rotate through stations where they’ll learn or practice grooming, leading, groundwork, and riding (optional). No experience is necessary. Register at https://allegianceranch.org/womens-horsemanship/(Limited to 8 participants.)

5% AMAZONSMILE DONATION 0CT. 29 – NOV. 2
For a limited time, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times their usual rate) on all eligible smile.amazon.com purchases. For any purchases you make through AmazonSmile through November 2nd they will donate 5% (ten times the usual amount) to Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue Inc. Shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/82-1319164.

OPERATION GRATITUDE COLLECTION DRIVE
It’s time for our annual collection drive! Operation Gratitude annually sends 250,000+ Care Packages to Deployed Troops, New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, and Wounded Heroes & their Care Givers. We need your donations to show our Heroes they are not alone. They also love personalized notes of appreciation!
Items needed include black crew length socks, lip balm, playing cards, mechanical pencils, batteries (AA and AAA), gum, hand warmers, individual sized bags of jerky, single packs of all purpose wipes, sewing kits, puzzle books (7×10), drink mix packets, and travel sized (non-aerosol) toiletries such as powder, deodorant, and sunscreen.
Please drop off your donations at the following locations:
Nov. 3 & 4 11 am-3 pm King Soopers Erie-Hwy 7
Nov. 10 11 am-3 pm Tractor Supply Lafayette-Hwy 287
Nov. 11 11 am-3 pm Allegiance Ranch 3448 CR 4 Erie
Nov. 12 9:30-11:30 am Allegiance Ranch 3448 CR 4 Erie

THE ORIGINAL ALLEGIANCE RANCH HOODIES AND LONG SLEEVED T’S
They’re back! Order yours now! Hoodies are $35 and long-sleeved t-shirts are $25. You can order your shirt(s) at allegianceranch.org. Proceeds are used for the ongoing care of the horses and for veteran programming. A new design is coming soon and will be available in shirt/hoodie and hats! Thank you for supporting Allegiance Ranch!

THANK YOU’S
We are fortunate to have an amazing team of dedicated individuals who give their time and resources to support the mission of Allegiance Ranch.
We would like to thank the following individuals for their time and energy caring for and preparing the rescue horses for our horsemanship clinic, for their help running the clinic, and for donating drinks/snacks for the participants: Lindsay Neitenbach, Tammy Wilson, Brianna Dropinski, Rodney Yarbrough, Sarah Lacour, David Usher, Carol Poynter, Olivia Petrillo, Peggy Taylor, Gaby Timmons, Bridget Bray, and Michelle Mrsan.

Sincere thanks to Brianna Dropinski and her employer, Workday! Workday provided a $500 grant to Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue in recognition of Bri achieving over 50 volunteer hours at the ranch. Bri began volunteering at the ranch in February 2018.

We had a great time at the Town of Erie’s Boo on Briggs -Trunk or Treat event last Saturday. In addition to handing out loads of candy and trinkets to adorably costumed children, we handed out flyers and told people about our mission at Allegiance Ranch. Big thanks to Gaby Timmons, Rodney Yarbrough, Sarah Lacour, Tammy Wilson and Cody Wilson for helping at the event and additional thanks to the following individuals for donating candy and trinkets: Bridget Bray, Karen Methfessel, David Usher, and Bri Dropinski. Special thanks to Bri for the non-food treats to ensure we had options for children with allergies.

HORSE UPDATES:
Tilly and Harley have made great training progress over the last couple of months! Our newest veteran volunteer, Rodney, has a soft spot for the yearlings and has been spending extra time with them. Both Tilly and Harley have gotten extra practice with groundwork including being led through the obstacle course.

We hope you enjoy the upcoming holiday season! Look for our next newsletter in early December. In the meantime,  keep up with happenings at the ranch by visiting allegianceranch.org, following us on Facebook @allegianchranchandrescue, and following us on Instagram @allegianceranch