ALLEGIANCE RANCH DECEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER

ALLEGIANCE RANCH DECEMBER 2019 NEWSLETTER

Happy Holidays! This year has really flown by…it’s been a whirlwind but lots of good stuff has being going on at Allegiance Ranch. Read on about some of the good stuff that’s been happening since our last newsletter…and get ready for more good stuff in the coming year! We want to position Allegiance Ranch for a bigger and brighter future. We’d love for you to be a part of it! 

SUPPORT ALLEGIANCE RANCH AND EQUINE RESCUE ON COLORADO GIVES DAY!

Colorado’s largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, is taking place on Tuesday, December 10, 2019. On this day, thousands of people come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours. 

When you donate to Allegiance Ranch, you’re helping us care for and train the rescue horses in preparation for their work with veterans, active duty military, first responders, and their families. Feeding and caring for the horses is our biggest expense, and we need them healthy and happy to provide the services and programs we offer at no charge. Allegiance Ranch is unique in that we rescue and rehabilitate horses in addition to providing free services for our heroes and their families!

Please help us reach our goal of $5,000! Thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund from Community First Foundation and FirstBank, your donation goes further on Colorado Gives Day. And, you don’t have to live in Colorado to support us on Colorado Gives Day! To donate, go to https://www.coloradogives.org/AllegianceRanchandEquineRescueInc/overview on December 10th OR you can schedule your donation now so you don’t forget! We appreciate your support. 

WOMEN VETERAN’S HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC

We hosted another horsemanship clinic in September specifically for our women veterans! It was a beautiful day to ride and spend time with these wonderful women. Our participants, representing Air Force and Army, enjoyed working with the rescue horses in the round pen and riding too.  As we head into 2020, we hope to expand our programs and increase the number of participants too! Please spread the word among your friends, families, and colleagues. Our programs are free to active duty military, veterans, first responders, and their families. Our next Hero Horsemanship Clinic is scheduled for March 18th and open to both men and women veterans and first responders. 

SWEAT FOR VETS

We were thrilled to host our first annual Sweat for Vets Fundraiser in collaboration with CrossFit Untapped. This fun and family friendly event featured a ranch-themed relay course and a cross fit workout for all fitness levels. There was also face painting and petting zoo featuring our miniature donkeys and mini-horse, Posie. Kona Ice of Northern Colorado was also on hand to serve up amazing snow cones. We’ll host this fun event again next fall, so keep an eye out for the date and details to come. You won’t want to miss it! 

ALLEGIANCE RANCH AT THE MILES OF SMILES AND OUT OF THE DARKNESS WALK

In September we were honored to participate in two important community events! The Out of the Darkness Walk took place in Fort Collins on September 8th. These community walks, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are held to fight suicide, reduce the stigma, and work toward reducing the suicide rate. We were honored to walk to help publicize and support veterans and military who’ve lost their lives to suicide and those who continue to struggle. To learn more, visit https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=cms.home  We were also honored to participate in the Miles of Smiles on September 15th. Hundreds of people line I-25 to cheer on and support veterans traveling to Washington DC with the High Plains Honor Flight. This was their inaugural voyage and it was a huge success! 

HORSE UPDATES

Stella’s adoption was final in October! We are so happy for her and her new mom. They are thriving and loving their life together. Harley and Valor’s training have gone really well this year! Harley has had several rides and is going to be a dream girl for a lucky adopter. We have a home visit for her coming up, so she may be moving on to a new forever home soon! Valor hasn’t had a first ride yet, but he’s very close! He took to wearing a saddle with ease, and he’s going to be quite the looker on the trails. As we adopt out horses and make room, we’ll be going out to rescue additional horses. Stay tuned on ways you can help! And of course, we continue to need support to ensure the health and welfare of the rescue horses at the ranch that are still in training and those that live here permanently to work with veterans and their families. 

COLLABORATION WITH SUGAR MILL ANTIQUES

We are thrilled to announce a new collaboration with Sugar Mills Antiques!  Sugar Mill Antiques and Vintage Depot is Northern Colorado’s new premier shopping destination for antiques, vintage, home décor, unique gifts and much more. They offer a curated collective of over 50 wonderful shops supporting local artisans in one convenient venue. Sugar Mill has offered to feature the handmade wooden flags made by Dan and Gaby Timmons to support Allegiance Ranch! The wooden flags and other handmade items will be available for sale through Sugar Mill and you can also have your flag custom made. If you’re interested in having a flag made with proceeds benefitting the ranch, please contact us!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, January 3rd at 6:30 p.m.  Monthly Veteran Muster The muster is an opportunity for all military veterans and first responders, both men and women, to come together for connection, sharing stories, and spending time with like-minded comrades. 
  • Saturday, January 18th at 10:00 a.m. New Volunteer Orientation Come out and meet our rescue horses, other members of our community, and learn how we do things here at Allegiance Ranch. 
  • Allegiance Ranch at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo February 28th  – March 1st
  • Wednesday, March 18th Time To Be Determined  Hero Horsemanship Clinic for Veterans, First Responders, Active Duty Military, and Gold Star family members. This clinic is for both men and women and will focus on horsemanship skills and riding.  
  • Heroes and Horses Hoedown June 27, 2020 6:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss our second annual Hoedown! It was an amazing event last year and will be even bigger and better this year. Save the date! 

We wish each and every one of you a wonderful holiday season and a very prosperous 2020! 

Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue – April 2019 Newsletter

CATCH UP WITH ALLEGIANCE RANCH!  It’s been a long, hard winter, and horses and humans alike are enjoying green grass and milder temperatures. We were fortunate to make it through the frigid winter temps and the Bomb Cyclone without too much damage and healthy horses. There’s a lot to catch up on since our last newsletter, but we’ll try to keep it brief!

Saturday, June 1stat 6:30 p.m. Heroes and Horses Hoedown Our biggest fundraiser of the year benefiting the rescue horses and veteran programming…you won’t want to miss it! BBQ dinner, DJ, silent auction, bonfire, and more. We have an amazing diversity of silent auction items from donors such as Coleman, the Colorado Symphony, Veteran Brothers Brewery, Colorado Tack and Supply, Jax Ranch and Home, Boulder Dinner Theatre, University of Colorado Athletics, Vapor Distillery, Saddle Up, The Summit, High Altitude Archery, McCaddon Cadillac GMC Buick, Elitch Gardens, and many more! Tickets are available through Eventbrite or the Allegiance Ranch FB page. There will be limited tickets at the door so get your tickets now!

WELCOME TWO SOCKS

On New Year’s Day we received a call from a horse owner in distress. He could no longer care for his horse and was desperate to find a safe place for him. We welcomed Two Socks, aptly named for the socks on his hind legs, to the Allegiance Ranch herd a few days later. Socks is a 25-year-old Quarterhorse gelding. He’s sweet as can be although a bit impatient at meal times. We discovered on intake that his teeth were worn down to the gums, making it unsafe for him to eat grass hay. He’s now on a diet of hay pellets and senior grain, and doing quite nicely. Two Socks needs a sponsor! He’s also available to the right home as a companion horse.

PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY PROJECT

We’ve been fortunate to partner with another local non-profit called The Community Project who are supporting Allegiance Ranch by creating quality videos to help us promote our mission. Please visit our Allegiance Ranch Facebook page or the Allegiance Ranch YouTube Channel to check out our latest videos!

2019 ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE EXPO

We had a great showing at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo again this year and were pleased to meet many new friends and volunteers! Thanks to those of you who signed up for this newsletter and if you expressed an interest in volunteering, we’d love to see you here at the ranch. Our next Volunteer Orientation is scheduled for Saturday, May 18that 10:00 a.m. Congratulations to Mia G. who was the winner of the raffle prize/gift basket.

SUCCESSFUL COUPLES HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC

We were honored to host three couples representing veteran and active duty military at our horsemanship clinic on March 31st. Each couple had the opportunity to groom, lead, round pen, and ride during the clinic. The feedback from our participants was very positive and they enjoyed spending time together as couples and with the horses.  Our next Horsemanship Clinic for Veterans and First Responders is scheduled for July 13, 2019 and in September we’ll again be hosting our Women’s Horsemanship Clinic.

SPECIAL GROUPS VISIT THE RANCH

We were honored to host the kindergarten class from Flagstaff Academy Charter School and a volunteer work crew from Up With People. We love having groups visit the ranch and introducing them to our mission and our herd of rescue horses. If you know of a school group or organization that would like to visit the ranch or schedule a work day, please have them contact us!

ADOPTION NEWS

Sweet Stella has gone to her forever home! One of our wonderful Allegiance community members, Brianna Dropinski, fell in love with Stella last fall. These two were meant to be, as they just couldn’t shake the special bond they share. Last month Stella moved to her new home with Brianna and is thriving! Congratulations to Brianna and Stella.

ADOPTABLE HORSES

We have some love bug horses looking for their forever homes. If you’re looking for a senior/companion horse or a project horse, please let us know! We’d be happy to share information about our pocket pals and see if anyone is a match for you.

HAY GUYS! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

The horses are asking for your help with raising funds to refill the hay barn! Any and all donations in any amount will help. Please check out our Crowdrise Fundraiser at https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/hay-for-rescue-horses and do what you can to help. Hay is imperative to the health of our horses and is by far our largest expense. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization we rely on and need donations to keep the ranch going. We offer our programs and access to the ranch free of charge to veterans, first responders, and their families. Please help us keep doing so! Thank you!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Friday, May 17that 7:30 p.m. Inaugural Veteran Muster and Bonfire The muster is an opportunity for all military veterans and first responders to come together for connection, sharing stories, or simply spending time with like-minded comrades. Refreshments will be provided.
  • Saturday, May 18that 10:00 a.m. New Volunteer Orientation Come out and meet our rescue horses, other members of our community, and learn how we do things here at Allegiance Ranch.
  • Saturday, June 1stat 6:30 p.m. Heroes and Horses Hoedown Our biggest fundraiser of the year benefiting the rescue horses and veteran programming…you won’t want to miss it! Tickets are available through Eventbrite or the Allegiance Ranch FB page. There will be limited tickets at the door so get your tickets now!
  • June 24, 25, 26 from 9:00 a.m. to noon Little Heroes Mini-Summer Camp Registration info coming soon
  • Saturday, July 13that 1:00 p.m.Horsemanship Clinic for Veterans and First Responders
  • Wednesday, July 17that 6:30 p.m.Erie Community Champions presentation featuring Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue at the Erie Community Library.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ALLEGIANCE RANCH! 2018 has literally flown by and we’re celebrating our first full calendar year at the ranch. We’re grateful for many things, but particularly for healthy horses and wonderful volunteers! We wish each and every one of you a blessed holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

SUCCESSFUL WOMEN’S HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC We were honored to host six women, all veterans and family members of veterans, at our horsemanship clinic on November 18th. The weather cooperated and each participant had the opportunity to groom, lead, round pen, and ride during the three-hour clinic. The feedback from our participants was very positive and every horse on the ranch was able to participate in the clinic. It was extremely rewarding to see all of the horses fulfilling a special purpose. They’ve all come so far in their training and level of trust since arriving at the ranch. We’re looking forward to hosting more clinics and other events to support veterans, first responders, and their families in 2019.

OPERATION GRATITUDE COLLECTION DRIVE Big thanks to all who participated in our Second Annual Operation Gratitude Collection Drive. We hosted tables during two weekends at local businesses to collect care package items for Deployed Troops, New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, and Wounded Heroes.  We more than doubled our collection this year by sending over 50 pounds of items to Operation Gratitude.

ALLEGIANCE RANCH CLOTHING Hoodies in our newest design are available in three colors: red, royal blue, and navy. You can also still get the original Allegiance Ranch hoodie and/or long-sleeved t-shirt. Please visit allegianceranch.org  to place your order online OR you can send an email to  to place an order. Hoodies are $35 and long-sleeved t-shirts are $25. Proceeds are used for the ongoing care of the horses and for veteran programming. Thank you for supporting Allegiance Ranch!

BUILD A FENCE FUNDRAISER We are still looking for donors and sponsors to help fund the privacy fence. You can help by purchasing a post, a panel, or 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. More details will be available after the first of the year about advertising opportunities for businesses and organizations.

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS PARADE OF LIGHTS We had a great time participating in the Town of Erie Country Christmas Parade of Lights this year. BIG THANKS to Michelle Mrsan for taking the lead in coordinating and building the float. It was a great success and would not have been possible without Michelle’s leadership! It was quite impressive for our first parade and we had many volunteers’ help by donating items, spending time putting the float together, and riding the float in the parade. It was a great community-building event and we look forward to participating again next year. Maybe next year we’ll have horses reedy to ride in the parade with us!

2019 ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE EXPO We’re looking forward to participating in the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo again in 2019. The 2019 dates are March 1-3 at the National Western Complex. We’ll be hosting a booth and also hope to showcase a few of our rescue horses. We hope to see you there!

HORSE UPDATES The horses are all doing well! Stella, our Paso Fino, was recently diagnosed with recurrent uveitis and has had to wear a fly mask to protect her eyes from the sun. The mask seems to help, as she has had no recurrences since implementing the daily wear. Thanks to a generous donation, we added a second round pen and placed it in the yearling pasture for easy access to work with Livy. We’re trying to teach her that the round pen is a nice place to be. She likes it well enough as long as the gate is open. When the gate is closed, she likes to moonwalk like Michael Jackson. It’s quite entertaining to watch! We think she’s walking backward to gauge the possibility of jumping out, but she hasn’t actually tried it.

YEAR IN REVIEW Founding Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue has been quite the adventure and we’re so grateful for the new experiences, lessons learned, and the wonderful new friends made along the way. Quick statistics since starting the ranch include 2 rescued miniature donkeys, 9 rescued horses, 1 horse adopted out (and later returned), 1 horse euthanized due to illness, 2 successful Horsemanship Clinics for veterans and first responders, our first Open House and Family Fun Day, participation in the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo, 50+ pounds of items collected for Operation Gratitude, an appearance in the Erie Christmas Parade of Lights, 50 volunteers, over 1600 volunteer hours, and a ton of manure. Thanks to all of you who have supported the ranch one way or another! We’re very grateful and look forward to more opportunities to help horses and heroes in 2019.

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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

 

Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue – September 2018 Newletter

It’s been a great summer at Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue! All of the rescue horses have been making progress in their training and we have a new addition to the herd as well. Read on for the latest news from Allegiance Ranch.

HERO HORSEMANSHIP CLINIC
We’re hosting a horsemanship clinic for veterans and first responders on Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Participants in this free clinic will rotate through stations where they’ll learn or practice grooming, leading, groundwork, and riding. No experience is necessary. Space is still available, so if you know a veteran or first responder who would like to spend time with horses and other veterans and first responders, please send them to allegianceranch.org to register. (Limited to 12 participants.)


WELCOME SHOSHONE
Shoshone is a beautiful paint whose owner was looking for a place where she would be loved and have a purpose, since he was moving out of state and wouldn’t be able to take her. We were happy to help! Shoshone has lots of experience riding trails and made an easy transition to Allegiance Ranch. She’s already working with our veterans and volunteers, and is a wonderful addition to the herd.


FALL VOLUNTEER HOURS: Our next Volunteer Orientation is scheduled for October 20, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. We love welcoming new volunteers to join our amazing team! New volunteer orientation is also available by appointment. Fall Volunteer Hours begin October 1st. Drop in during any of the volunteer hours posted and stay for 30 minutes or the whole time, whatever fits your schedule. Daytime hours are by appointment; just text Gloria at 720-301-2533 to let her know when you’d like to come

Mondays/Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please note: Regular volunteer hours may change or be canceled due to weather or other demands. We will do our best to notify volunteers by email or text in advance if hours must be canceled.


ALLEGIANCE RANCH T-SHIRTS
Get your Allegiance Ranch t-shirt and help spread the word! Proceeds from the sales of shirts are used for direct care of the horses including feed, hoof trims, supplements, and more. Shirts are $18 each and can be ordered at allegianceranch.org or by stopping by the ranch. Fall long-sleeved T’s and hoodies will be available starting in late October.


HORSE UPDATES:
Tasha has made so much progress this summer! She’s been exposed to a variety of things (like a tarp), was seen by the equine chiropractor, and has about three rides under her belt. She’s doing amazing, thanks to our wonderful trainer Lindsay! Yearling Tilly was one of our tough customers when it came to the halter. Volunteer Bonnie successfully got her haltered and since then Tilly’s made great progress with leading and picking up her feet. Victory has been dealing with an injury most of the summer. While evaluating the injury, it was discovered she has osteoarthritis in her hock. With medication and supplements she’s doing much better and we expect she’ll be able to continue her training in earnest, soon. Our youngest rescue, Livy, is still working through her trust issues but making progress slowly, but surely. Veteran volunteer, Dave, has taken a special interest in her and his patient work with her is paying off.


Stay tuned for more Allegiance Ranch news, soon! For more frequent updates on happenings at the ranch, visit allegianceranch.org, follow us on Facebook @allegianchranchandrescue, and follow us on Instagram @allegianceranch!!

Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue – May 2018 Newsletter

May is almost over, which means we’re on the final countdown to our first annual Open House and Family Fun Day fundraiser! We’re looking forward to a great day and the opportunity to meet many new friends. We hope you will join us and bring your friends and families!

OPEN HOUSE AND FAMILY FUN DAY – LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY!

Please join us on June 10, 2018 from 12-4. Tickets are FREE through EventBrite.com or our Facebook page. We’d love you to get tickets so that we have a rough idea of how many people to expect. There will be food for purchase including the Kona Ice truck from 1-3. We’ll have a DJ spinning tunes all afternoon and LIVE MUSIC with members of The Sweet Lillies from 1-3. There will be tours of the ranch to introduce our rescue horses plus family-friendly activities including pony rides, goat petting zoo, a bouncy house (for 8 and under), games, and a silent auction. We’ll have special guest, Cory Hixson and his family, with introductions and public remarks at 2:00 p.m. The open house and fundraiser will help us more widely share our mission at Allegiance Ranch and serve as our primary fundraiser for 2018.


GOODBYE SWEET KAINE: Our sweet and funny senior horse, Kaine, who came to Allegiance Ranch last September after he had been rescued but had no where to go, passed over the rainbow bridge to pain-free pastures on Monday, April 30th. He enjoyed lush green grass and treats before being humanely euthanized with many loving arms wrapped around him. His health had rapidly deteriorated over the last couple of months as a result of Cushing’s disease. Big thanks to all who came to help and send him out with love: Tammy and Mike Wilson, Gary Block, Michelle Mrsan, Jeff Nieusma, and Marissa and Gaby Timmons.


Gloria saying bittersweet good-bye to Kaine

Gary and Kaine


Dan and Cory meet for first time

ALLEGIANCE RANCH IN THE NEWS: Many of you have heard our story about veteran Cory Hixson, who sought refuge in our barn after being overmedicated by the VA. While hiding in a dirty hog pen, he overheard us talking about our dreams for Allegiance Ranch (to help horses and heroes) before we had even moved in! Meeting Cory and his sweet family in person, and hearing their struggle, solidified our plans to do everything we can to support our country’s veterans. Reporter Anusha Roy, 9News, recently visited the ranch to do a story about Cory’s impact and highlighted our plans for Allegiance Ranch. https://www.9news.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/next-with-kyle-clark/the-help-that-cory-hixsons-history-has-done/73-8135838

 


AMAZON SMILE: Did you know you can support Allegiance Ranch every time you shop on Amazon? Simply visit http://smile.amazon.com and search for Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue to select us as the charity you would like to support. A portion of the proceeds from your purchases will be donated to Allegiance Ranch.


VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION PICNIC: We were happy to celebrate our wonderful volunteers by hosting an informal barbecue at the ranch on April 28th. It was a great turnout and we loved meeting family members. We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing volunteers!

 

Bridget and Alex – Grilling at the volunteer appreciation bbq

Geralyn and Gaby spending time with Kaine

Volunteer Janet and her family

Grant Eastman, Jeff Nieusma, Michelle Mrsan, Nick Nieusma

 

Bri working with Victory

 

At the Path Regional Conference


SUMMER VOLUNTEER HOURS: Our next Volunteer Orientation Session is scheduled for June 16, 2018 from 9:30-12. We are always happy to welcome new volunteers to join our already wonderful crew! Orientation Sessions are held the third Saturday of each month, but we can also provide orientation by appointment so don’t hesitate to reach out if there is another date/time that works better for you. We’ve updated our open volunteer hours for the summer! You’re welcome to drop in during any of the volunteer hours posted and stay for 30 minutes or the whole time, whatever fits your schedule.

Mondays 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Tuesdays 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesdays 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursdays 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Please note: Regular volunteer hours may change or be canceled due to weather or other demands. We will do our best to notify volunteers by email or text in advance if hours must be canceled.

NEW BOARD MEMBERS: Please join us in welcoming two new members to the Allegiance Ranch Board of Directors: Tammy Wilson, DVM and Lindsay Neitenbach. Tammy, a veterinarian, has been donating her time and energy to helping us keep our horses healthy and cared for from the inside out! Not only does she help with routine vaccinations, she’s “on call” to help with emergencies…which come up quite often with horses. We are so grateful for her expertise, her patient support, and her genuine love of horses. Lindsay was one of our first volunteers at Allegiance Ranch and what a godsend she has been! Lindsay has been around horses her whole life and studied Equine Science at CSU. She is our resident expert on horse training and handling, and has been a consistent presence at the ranch. We are so grateful for her time, her positive energy, and the loving way she works with the horses. Thank you both!

Mike Wilson, Michelle Mrsan, Tammy Wilson, Cody Wilson, Geralyn Eastman

 

Lindsay working with Victory


HORSE UPDATES: Gizmo, one of our miniature donkeys, had surgery at the CSU Veterinary Hospital last week. Castration, which is typically an onsite, routine medical procedure, required surgery under anesthesia for the little guy because he was chryptorchid (a testes failed to distend). He made it through like a champ and is recovering nicely. Valor, who celebrated his one-year birthday in March, also underwent a medical procedure for castration. The wonderful vets from the Animal Clinic in Fort Lupton were able to conduct the procedure onsite and Valor did great. Victory, Valor’s momma, has been in training with Lindsay over the last several months and is doing amazing. Lindsay has Victory getting used to a saddle and anticipates a first ride in the very near future! Lindsay has also been working with Tasha and she’s doing great, learning her ground manners and that people can be trusted. Livy, our youngest and newest rescue, is slowly coming around. Where we couldn’t touch her at all when she first arrived, she’s becoming more comfortable and will allow us to rub her forehead, and just this week allowed a rub on her neck while being hand fed. Progress!

Gizmo checking in with Georgie after returning from CSU Veterinary Hospital.

Mike Wilson grooming Valor

Victory getting used to a saddle

Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue – April 2018 Newsletter

First Newsletter

Welcome to the first issue of the Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue (ARR) monthly newsletter! We’re excited to have this forum to communicate what’s going on at the ranch and the ways we’ll be helping horses and supporting veterans. We would love to hear from you with feedback and suggestions for future content.

Joe Nieusma of Twin Oxide Colorado, an ARR Sponsor, representing us at the RM Horse Expo 2018


ROCKY MOUNTAIN HORSE EXPO 2018: ARR was happy to participate in the 2018 Rocky Mountain Horse Expo at the National Western Complex in Denver. It was a great three days of meeting new friends and spreading the word about our mission at Allegiance Ranch. Thanks to all of you who stopped by to say hello, signed up for the newsletter and shared your connections with horses and heroes. We were honored to meet so many veterans, too. Big thanks to those who have begun volunteering with us as a result of meeting us at the Expo. So exciting! And last but not least, we connected with an adopter for our beautiful rescue Stella while at the Expo. These two seemed to be meant for each other and are happily getting to know one another.


Amy holding the photo of Stella at the RM Horse Expo

Amy and Sue preparing to take Stella to her new home

Congratulations to Amy McClelland and Stella!


SAVE THE DATE! We will be hosting our first annual Open House at Allegiance Ranch on June 10, 2018. We hope to see you there! There will be food, live music, games, pony rides, goat petting zoo, and a silent auction. More details to come soon! This open house and fundraiser will help us more widely share our mission at Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue and serve as our primary fundraiser for 2018. All proceeds will be used for the direct care of horses and development of veteran programs and services. This includes our hay purchases for the year. The cost of hay to keep all of the horses fed each year is almost $9000! This is hay cost only, and does not take into account the volunteer time and labor to bring the hay down from the mountains. If you, someone you know or your employer would like to serve as a sponsor of the event or are able to donate a silent auction item, please contact Gloria at 720-301-2533 or by email to .

 


NEWEST RESCUE: We are happy to introduce Livy, a little Dun filly who’s approximately 4-5 months old. We were contacted about Livy when her original rescue home fell through. One look at that sweet face, and how could we say no?


Our newest rescue, Livy, a six month old Dun filly

Livy has been in quarantine/foster care nearby and will be coming to meet her friends at Allegiance Ranch soon. We believe Livy was living in a pasture with other horses but without much human contact. She’s learning to trust and seems very mellow so far. Look for more information about this sweet girl in future newsletters!



Veteran Gary and wife Jenn grooming Kaine


VOLUNTEER INFORMATION: Our next Volunteer Orientation Session is scheduled for April 21, 2018 from 9:30-12. We are always happy to welcome new volunteers to join our already wonderful crew! Orientation Sessions are held the third Saturday of each month, but we can also provide orientation by appointment so don’t hesitate to reach out if there is another date/time that works better for you. We have also implemented regular volunteer hours each week (see time frames below). You’re welcome to drop in during any of the volunteer hours posted.


Volunteer Trainer Lindsay after a training session with Victory

And, if another day/time works better for you, with a little heads up you’re welcome to come anytime. Please text Gloria at 720-301-2533 to let her know when you’d like to come by.


Drop In Hours for Volunteers

Mondays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Wednesdays 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Thursdays 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please note: Drop In Volunteer Hours may change or be canceled due to weather or other demands. We will do our best to notify volunteers by email or text in advance if hours must be canceled.



Gizmo and Gaby ready to meet new friends at Tractor Supply Lafayette

NEW TRACTOR SUPPLY CO: We were pleased to be invited to participate in the Grand Opening celebration at the new Tractor Supply Co. in Lafayette last weekend. Our miniature donkey Gizmo served as a wonderful ambassador for the ranch, looking cute and accepting lots of attention and ear rubs. He made lots of new friends and helped us introduce Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue to the Lafayette community!


Gizmo and two of his newest fans at Tractor Supply Lafayette


HORSE UPDATES: All of the rescues at ARR are doing well, enjoying the warmer temperatures and budding grass. Kaine, our senior rescue with Cushings Disease, continues to do well although keeping weight on him is a constant concern. He receives lots of love and attention from our volunteers and enjoys his grain daily.


Kaine getting some love from volunteer Heather

Kaine is still in need of a sponsor. $50 a month helps pay for his feed, farrier and veterinary needs. As his sponsor, you’ll receive personal updates and photos of Kaine each month and opportunities to visit and groom him. Tasha, the rescued mare who arrived at ARR with her filly (Tilly) last Fall has been among the most challenging to earn trust.


Tasha getting her feet trimmed by Farrier Alex McKinley with help from ARR Board Member Grady Eastman

She has come so far this Spring! She can be haltered, finally had her feet trimmed and even wore a soft saddle this week! We’re thrilled at the progress she’s making and look forward to seeing what she can achieve next.

Valor recently had his first birthday! He’s a curious guy, easily finds trouble and is growing into one gorgeous horse. While he’s been a challenge to halter train, he’s slowly coming along. We’re pleased to announce that Valor has a sponsor! Thank you to Alex and Bridget for sponsoring our little man!


Valor giving his goat buddy a back rub


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