Italian Dinner to benefit Operation Warrior Horse

Healing Hoofbeats equine assisted therapy.

Healing Hoofbeats of Connecticut will be hosting an Italian dinner fundraiser at American Legion Seicheprey Post 2, 22 Hooker Ct, Bristol on Saturday, March 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The animal assisted therapy practice opened in 2016, and the Operation Warrior Horse program began in 2017. The program is a free 10 week equine group therapy program for veterans wanting to heal from trauma while being in the military.

“We are an animal assisted therapy practice out of Morris, Conn., and are promoting our veterans equine therapy program called Operation Warrior Horse. Horses are the perfect partner for therapy. They utilize their keen sensitivity to non-verbal communication to assist us in developing new relationship skills, regulate emotions and begin the healing process. This is a quick and effective therapy model that can assist with various issues like social skills, anxiety and trauma,” said Nicole DeFelice, Healing Hoofbeats.

DeFelice said that no prior experience with horses is required because the majority of the activities with the horses are done on the ground, but they do occasionally incorporate riding into the program to enhance the relationship between the Veteran and their horse.

Healing Hoofbeats of CT seeks to help individuals feel more empowered and secure in their lives through building healthy and mutually beneficial relationships with horses. They offer individual, couples and family therapy and team building workshops.

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Rainhill Equine Facility benefits from 3 degree guarantee fundraiser

Rainhill Equine Facility resident, located in Warren County, Kentucky.

WBKO—ABC, Channel 13, Bowling Green, Kentucky filed the following story:

WARREN COUNTY, Ky. (WBKO) — For the month of July, weather director Chris Allen has been working to predict temps within three degrees, and then Service One Credit Union will donate to a particular charity for each accurate day.

Karen Thurman cares for 48 rescued horses at her nonprofit farm, Rainhill Equine Facility. Rainhill Equine Facility will benefit from July’s fundraising efforts.

“I’m one of the few rescues in the United States that even takes blind horses,” said Karen Thurman, founder of Rainhill Equine Facility.

Thurman has been running the horse sanctuary in Warren County since 2001.

The nonprofit, located on a 185 acre farm, currently cares for 48 horses, all with different stories of what led up to their arrival. Horses from all over the country now find their home there.

Karen Thurman cares for 48 rescued horses at her nonprofit farm, Rainhill Equine Facility. (Photo: Madison Martin)
Karen Thurman cares for 48 rescued horses at her nonprofit farm, Rainhill Equine Facility. (Photo: Madison Martin)

Over 30 years ago, the farm had first housed a riding facility, eventually then taking care of old race horses.

She started getting calls to rescue blind horses. Today, out of the dozens of horses she cares for, 34 of them are completely blind.

“Well, you can’t even tell, can you? They have friends, they have stuff that they do. They know where their food is. They have a regular life; nobody would ever know except for maybe a little run-in with the fence occasionally,” said Thurman.

The money from the 3 Degree Guarantee will be going towards a new barn, whose plans are in the works.

“It’s a hard job. You don’t do this because it’s fun,” said Thurman. “You do this because God has put something in your heart and told you to do it.”

The check will be presented to Thurman on AMKY on WBKO-ABC August 2.

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Make a donation directly to Rainhill on their website or buy them something from their list. See below.

Thurman states:

Our wonderful local feed store has generously set up an account for us so that anyone wanting to donate items can call and purchase things over the phone; they hold the items for us. Anything helps out! Monday through Saturday, call:

Southern States
640 Plum Springs Loop
Bowling Green, Ky, 42101

Here’s a video Ms Thurman posted in 2016 which will give you further insight into the work of this amazing, loving woman.

Let’s make this an extra Feel Good Friday by helping this dedicated lady and the horses who have sanctuary there.

Thank you everyone.



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You could win a copy of Missionville

Missionville, written by Alex Brown (pictured with racing plates). By Vivian Grant Farrell.
Missionville, written by Alex Brown (pictured with racing plates). By Vivian Grant Farrell.


This June is raffle month. We are raising money to fight for a federal law prohibiting the slaughter of American horses on U.S. soil and across U.S. borders. We may never have a better chance than the bill pending right now.


We have 5 copies of Alex Brown’s Missionville for you to win.

The NTRA estimates that 7,500 to 10,000 Thoroughbred racehorses are sent to slaughter per year. These deaths are in addition to the number of horses who die at the track.

In Missionville you will learn how and why racehorses are sent to slaughter, and who takes them there.

To enter, make a donation of $5.00 and we will throw your name into the hat. Enter as many times as you wish. A $25.00 donation would give you 5 entries, and so forth.


Alex Brown, author of Greatness and Goodness: Barbaro and His Legacy, has written a book called Missionville which delves into the lives and activities of the people who work horses in the business of the American claiming race.

Missionville is a well crafted story with credibly drawn characters you can root for or against as Brown gives you an unvarnished look at the day-to-day rigors of training and racing horses at a small track and its resulting often tragic consequences for horses and humans alike.

Eclipse award winner Mike Jensen, journalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, in his review of Missionville puts it this way:

“Alex Brown, a lifelong horseman, takes you on a journey few are capable of providing. He takes you to the underbelly of the sport. A terrific read”.

Missionville gives true to life insight into what happens to horses when their careers begin to take a downward spiral and tragically end up in the claiming race system.


Drawing will be held on June 30, 2019 at 6.00 pm EST.


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Five and 10. Do it again!

Galloping Horse by Bob Langrish. By Permission.
Galloping Horse by Bob Langrish. By Permission.

We sent a shout out via email about our Fall Matching Gift fundraising campaign.

In our shout out we wrote:


We will be 15 years old on October 23. We love your acknowledging this with your $23.00 donations. They have all been doubled to $64.00. Hooray!

Ummm, $23.00 x 2 = $46.00 not $64.00. Our generous benefactor, being the kind gentleman that he is, decided that he would honor our inadvertent slip up and all $23.00 donations in response to that email became an instant $64.00 donation. How about that?

Well, the generosity continues.

Our supporter is now guaranteeing the following offer:

In honor of your 15 year anniversary on October 23rd — I will double all $23.00 donations to $46.00 and $15.00 donations to $30.00 — for the next 24 hours starting the moment you hit the “send” button to make sure you reach your goal.

Make a Donation »

• Make a $30 donation. Sign up to give $5 a month for 6 months. It cancels automatically. Truly! Note: $15.00 of that will be matched right now.

Thank you everyone for your kindness and generosity.

Best wishes, The Horse Fund