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.

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• 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

Vegan pumpkin coffee cake with pecan crumb

Okay. I missed my regular Thursday post (sorry!) but here I am still in time for the weekend. You haven’t done your food shopping yet have you?

You have been writing me saying “more pumpkin recipes please”. I’m on it!

Vegan Richa's Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Crumb. Yummmm! Click image for all 25 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes to Make this Fall.
Vegan Richa’s Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Crumb. Yummmm! Click image for all 25 Vegan Pumpkin Recipes to Make this Fall.

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I made this coffee cake Wednesday morning cause I had a bag of pecans I was munching on (I got them to bake with but . . . ) and then I saw this recipe. Oh my. Ohhhhhhhhh my!

Here’s Ms Hingle’s description:

Easy 1 Bowl Pumpkin Cake, topped with Chai Spice Pecan Streusel. Just 15 mins prep. Soft, Spiced, Delicious. Makes 1 9 x 9 or 8 x 8 inch brownie pan.

Vegan Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Crumb

Vegan Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Crumb

by VeganRicha »


1—1/2 cups flour (I generally use a mix of Spelt/Wheat and unbleached all purpose)
½ cup powdered vegan sugar (Use 2 tbsp more for sweeter)
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
2 to 4 tsp pumpkin pie spice ( or 11/2 tsp cinnamon, ½ tsp ginger, ¼ to ⅓ tsp nutmeg, ⅛ tsp cloves)
3 to 4 tbsp chopped walnuts or pecans

1 cup pureed pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix
½ cup non dairy milk (almond or soy or lite coconut)
3 to 4 Tbsp oil
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

6 tablespoons flour
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1 tbsp granulated sugar , optional
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or chai spice or a mix of cardamom and cinnamon
1/3 tsp salt
2.5 tbsp refined coconut oil
US Customary – Metric


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a brownie pan with parchment. In a bowl, add all the dry ingredients and whisk well.

Add the wet ingredients to the bowl and mix to just about combine. Let it sit for 2 minutes, then mix again to ensure there are no dry flour streaks. Pour the thick batter into the brownie pan. Even it out using a spatula.

Make the Streusel by mixing everything in a bowl with your fingers or a spoon until crumbly, Add a tsp or so more oil if needed.

Sprinkle all over the cake and evenly spread. Bake the cake for 40 to 45 minutes. Test with a toothpick from the center.

Cool completely before slicing. Serve with turmeric pumpkin spice latte.. For a decadent dessert, add a light drizzle of plain sugar icing.

What other types of vegan recipes are you interested in? One writer suggested vegan treats for trick or treat-ers coming to a door near you. I’ll see what’s out there then see you back here real soon. And on time!

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Oregon teen author raises $20,000 for rescued PMU horses

Alexandra Gritta and horses at the Duchess Sanctuary
“I decided to speak out because I believe most women do not realize the hormone replacement therapy drug Premarin® actually stands for PREgnant MARe urINe, and that it is a billion dollar industry built on horse abuse and slaughter.”
~ Alexandra Gritta
Alexandra Gritta and horses at the Duchess Sanctuary
Sixteen-year-old Alexandra Gritta, shown here with horses at the Duchess Sanctuary, works to raise both funds and public awareness for horses forced to suffer at PMU (Pregnant Mare Urine) facilities in order to produce the hormone replacement therapy drug Premarin®.

Portland, OR (PRWEB) January 31, 2012

Alexandra Gritta, sixteen-year-old author and President of the Charity Book Series®, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, announced today her charitable gift to Duchess Sanctuary in Oakland, Oregon. Gritta’s donation comes from the profit of her children’s book, “Mystery at Silver Key Stables,” and her own personal fund-raising efforts. Her charitable gift of $10,000 brought another $10,000 in matching funds from the Humane Society of the United States, for a total donation of $20,000 to the Duchess Sanctuary.

More than 180 rescued horses are allowed to roam free on the 1,120 acres of land at Duchess Sanctuary, a rural property outside of Roseburg, Oregon, run by the Fund for Animals in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Jennifer Kunz, Duchess Sanctuary Ranch Manager, reports that among these are 100 mares and foals rescued from Canadian Pregnant Mare Urine (PMU) farms. After visiting the Duchess Sanctuary in July 2011, Gritta was inspired by the genuine love and concern that Jennifer Kunz has for the horses she has cared for since their rescue.

Celine Myers, founder of the Ark Watch Foundation, rescued the PMU mares that now call Duchess home. Myers reports that these mares were formerly used at Canadian PMU farms where their urine was collected and used by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Pfizer, in the manufacture of hormone replacement therapy drugs, including Premarin®. A Duchess Sanctuary video clip released by the Humane Society of the United States (6/24/2011) depicts how PMU mares are kept in a constant state of pregnancy, forced to wear plastic urine collection devices, and tied up for six months of every pregnancy in stalls so small the mares cannot even turn around. After foaling, the mares are immediately impregnated again and the brutal cycle repeated.

Although horse rescue organizations try desperately to save as many PMU horses as possible, according to Vivian Grant Farrell, founder of the International Fund for Horses, “Live PMU foals, by-products of the endless horse pregnancies necessary to manufacture Premarin®, are typically sent to auction where they fall prey to slaughterhouse buyers. Sometimes the foals are shipped in live loads to foreign markets for slaughter. When the exhausted PMU mares finally wear out, they too often end up in the hands of slaughter buyers. Conservatively speaking, hundreds of thousands of PMU mares and foals have probably died in connection with the manufacture of the Premarin® family of drugs. Taking into consideration the quantity of pregnant mare urine required to make Premarin® and its high volume of sales, that number is quite possibly as high as a million, probably even higher. These numbers, of course, will continue to climb as long as women continue to choose to take drugs manufactured from pregnant mare urine.”

Alexandra Gritta: “I decided to speak out because I believe most women do not realize the hormone replacement therapy drug Premarin® actually stands for PREgnant MARe urINe, and that it is a billion dollar industry built on horse abuse and slaughter.”

A Stock Markets Review article, dated May 18, 2010, reports Pfizer/Wyeth now has another drug in the pipeline, awaiting FDA approval and intended to be marketed as a drug for both osteoporosis and post-menopausal symptoms. The new drug Aprela® is also manufactured from pregnant mare urine. This news bodes ill for horses, as the market for Aprela® has the potential to be even more lucrative for the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry than Premarin®, with Epsicom Business Intelligence forecasting future worldwide sales for osteoporosis drugs to be nearly US$14 billion by 2014.

Alexandra Gritta: “The amount of pregnant mare urine that will be required for Pfizer/Wyeth to continue to manufacture Premarin® plus its new drug Aprela®, if it is approved, is unimaginable. It is even harder to imagine the suffering and the slaughter of the horses that will be necessary to provide it.”


Source: Press Release


Pfizer set to seek Aprela nod

Eight Belles charity bracelets

Eight Belles Wristbands Benefit Rescue
by Claire Novak |

Updated: May 9, 2008

Six days after Eight Belles’ breakdown in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), owner Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farms approved a wristband manufactured in memory of the gallant filly, with proceeds to benefit Midlantic Horse Rescue.

According to Fox Hill spokesperson Victoria Keith, the idea was inspired by the fans who frequent Porter’s Rockport Harbor Web site and forums.

“These past couple of days we’ve been knocked to the ground, and we’re just getting back up and thinking of things to do,” Keith said. “Whatever happened to Eight Belles, there’s nowhere we can direct money that could bring her back. But we hope that some of the excellent charities in the racing industry will benefit from her legacy in some way. We’ve told people it’s a wonderful gesture to want to donate funds in her name, and wherever is in their heart to donate will be a perfect place.

“At the Rockport Harbor Web site, we’ve raised money for Midlantic to rescue Thoroughbreds before, so that organization seemed like a logical recipient for the funds from these wristbands.”

The wristbands, which sell for $5, will be made of red silicone and embossed with Eight Belles’ name. With proceeds from the sales, the Maryland-based non-profit will rescue one or more Thoroughbreds in honor of the filly.

Checks or money orders should be made to Midatlantic Horse Rescue, and mailed to Fox Hill Farm, P.O. Box 24255, Lexington, KY 40524.

Fox Hill Farm will pay packaging and postage on all orders.