All across our great nation, and in fact the world, there are folks who give of their time, their money, their hearts, and emotions to save and heal unwanted, neglected and abused horses. It's hard work, financially, physically and of course emotionally. The work these wonderful folks do with unending love is not always noticed, and not often enough celebrated. Here, in our Coffee Clutch Feature Fridays, we like to celebrate "People & Horses Helping Horses & People," and today let's celebrate, Cindy Smith and Central Virginia Horse Rescue (CVHR).
Cindy has been a horse lover since she was four years old, and has been involved with horses on many different levels her entire life. She's volunteered at numerous rescues over the years. For reasons deeply held, she's always wanted to create a horse rescue of her on. In 2010 she, and a few friends, founded CVHA, the realization of a fifty year long dream. CVHR is a 501(c)3 corporation, dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of needy horses.
When first opening the rescue they expected to save 3-4 horses per year, and were taken completely by surprise at the overwhelming need for horse rescue. CVHR went from 2 rescue horses to 20 in its first year and to 30 by the end of its second year. By the end of 2011, CVHR was working on becoming verified by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and received that verification in 2012.
To date CVHR has rescued over 200 horses, and placed 175 in good adoptive homes. They have also achieved Verified status by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. And were a Top Rated Non Profit for 2012 AND 2013.
CVHR is proud to be a member of the Wounded Warrior Equestrian Project. They also conduct youth education programs and outreach.
It's not the horse's fault that they become unwanted, abused or discarded. But sadly far too many suffer and languish. Thank God for folks like Cindy and her team at CVHR, who dedicate themselves to easing that suffering, and turning it into happiness for not only the horses, but the happy families who learn of the most powerful love. The love given by a rescued horse.
Thanks Cindy, for all you and your team do to help others. Horses and people.
Gitty Up ~ Dutch Henry