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.