News & Information
It’s Almost Time For The 8th Annual “Soup’s On” Fundraiser
How You Can Help!
- Sign up to make a crockpot of soup, chili, goulash or dessert for the event
- Invite all your friends & family for lunch March 5th
- Print out and hang flyers for the event
Join Us For “Autumnfest At The Farm” Crafters, Vendors, Pony Rides & Basket Raffle Help Support Rescue Horses!
Saturday, October 1st, 11:00am – 4:00pm, Rain or Shine
Autumnfest At The Farm is shaping up to be an awesome, family-friendly event filled with music, food, pony rides, a great basket raffle, fun and SHOPPING!
You can get a “jump start” on your holiday gifts with our wide variety of vendors and crafters.
Some of the available items are from Avon, Tupperware, Pit Bull Rescue Jewelry, Perfectly Posh Pampering Products, Pam’s Artisan Magnets & More, Mary Kay, Jamberry, Xtalfeather Psychic Readings & Healing Jewelry, Blazzing Bridles & Patterned Ponies bridle bling, saddle pads and more, Dead Broke new & used horse tack, Scentsy, Wood Burned Crafts, Paparrazi Jewelry, Boland Creations Pottery, Young Living Essential Oils, Specialty Chocolates, Fiber Art, Ornaments, Wreaths, Stocking Stuffers, Doggie Stylz, LuLaRoe Clothing, Happy Trees Handmade Crafts and Decor, Leaping Horse Designs, Ev’s Eye Catchers, Crocheted Crafts, Far Woods Handcrafted Gifts, Tie-Dyed T-shirts, Handbags & Jewelry.
Pony Rides & Refreshments will be available all day!
This event will be held rain or shine – we have a beautiful, large indoor arena available if we need it.
Enter The Rescue Horse Photo Contest!
- Entries accepted through April 20th
- Photos must be of a current or past Phoenix Rising rescue horse
- Photos must be 5 X 7 and mounted on an 8 x 10 poster board or similar backing.
- 1st – 13th Place will be used in the 2017 Rescue Horse Desk Calendar. The calendar will go on sale August 31st and the proceeds will go to benefit the rescue horses.
- There will be a $2 entry fee per photo/ 3 photos for $5. The proceeds from the entries will go to benefit the rescue horses.
- The photos will be on display at the Help A Horse Day event
Judging Criteria Include:
- Basic Technique
- Special Techniques
Celebrate “Help A Horse Day”
With The ASPCA & Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue
Saturday April 23rd from Noon to 4:00PM
Experience The Wonder of “New Beginnings”
- Rescue Horse Obstacle Course/Trail Class
- Presentation by A.W.A.R.E. (Association for Wild Animal Rehabilitation & Education)
- Information & Adoptable Bunnies by Buffalo Erie Rabbit Area Society & Rescue, Information & Adoptable Dogs & Cats by Little Ones Independent Rescue & Heart Animal Rescue & Adoption Team
- Pony Rides
- Learn How To Groom a Horse
- Delicious Food by L.A. Hots
- Rescue Horse Photo Contest Display
- Feed A Horse Station & Horse Nutrition Information
- Horse Shoeing Demonstration by Our Farrier
- Raffle for a Limited Edition Wildlife Art Print by Bonnie Marris – “Other Footsteps” (beautiful print of three wolves, signed & numbered with gallery quality framing and acid free matting), a $425.00 value
- Meet the Rescue Horses
- Learn How You Can Sponsor or Adopt A Horse
FREE ADMISSION – RAIN OR SHINE
There has been a lot going on with the rescue horses this past year!
Several have found loving homes and others have arrived and hope to find their place in the future. After this year’s Expo I will have to do mega updates on the website!
I have put together a short video from last year’s event You can watch it here…
The 2013 Expo
And we are getting ready for the ….
2nd Annual Holiday Shopping Expo Saturday November 29th!
This year’s expo is the Saturday after Thanksgiving from noon to 4:00pm. Once again it is hosted by Spruce Meadow Farm in the indoor arena.
The rescue horses will be on hand to meet everyone, as will Santa & his elves!
There will be a mix of last years vendors along with some new faces, including Jamberry Nails, Spiritwind Farm Horsehead Wreaths, The Harness Shop, Just For The Birds, Origami Owl, Jewelry By Denise and Younique.
The refreshments and music are guaranteed to be top notch once again with the return of Tim Nunn & LA Hots with the food, and music by Uncle Rick & His Wooden Axe!
We have AWESOME donations for our basket raffle, the ponies are ready for rides and our photographer, Ruth, is ready to do portraits with Santa & his elves or your favorite rescue horse!
Call 741-2346 with any questions or to volunteer or donate a basket!
You can also see last years pictures on Pinterest!
Be A Holiday “Shopping Angel” For The Rescue Horses!
On Saturday, November 2nd from noon until 4:00pm Spruce Meadow Farm will host a “Holiday Shopping Expo” to benefit the rescue horses of Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue.
The event will feature many local vendors & crafters, pony rides, a craft table for kids, music, a visit from Santa, a HUGE basket raffle, 50/50 split drawings at 2:00 & 4:00 pm, refreshments and photo opportunities.
Vendors & crafters will have tables inside of the beautiful, new indoor arena. It is a win-win-win situation for vendors, shoppers & the horses!
“Uncle Rick & His Wooden Axe” will be providing a festive atmosphere with his guitar playing and singing during the event. It is worth stopping by to listen to him alone, as many who hear him play regularly at the Clarence Center Coffee Shop can testify!
Vendors include Wildtree organic & all natural products, Avon, Tupperware, Tastefully Simple, Party Lite, The Family Chocolate Shoppe, Thirty-One, Mary Kay, Jude Laine’s Jubilee Catering, Rev. Xtalfeather – Psychic Medium & Visionary Healing Jewelry, My Father’s Fudge, Jewels By Lexi, Sew Crafters Custom Aprons, many local crafters, Tim Nunn’s delicious on-site refreshments and more!
Fun activities are offered for children while parents are “shopping”. Pony rides will be available as well as a special children’s craft table. Santa will even be visiting during the event!
If you need a great Christmas picture, “Diesel” & “Buttons” will be ready to pose with you as Santa & his elf…Diesel is a big Belgian draft horse and Buttons is a very small Shetland pony. Photos will be printed out immediately and available for you to take with you!
We are all very excited and hope to see you on the 2nd!
Our Latest Arrivals Through Recent Horse Rescuing Efforts
This past Monday morning we welcomed two new horses to our equine sanctuary, a 7 yr. old chestnut Thoroughbred mare named “Lexi” and a 7 year old Arabian gelding we presently call “Baybe”.
Luckily for them, three people from our Spruce Meadow Family were interested in helping with rescuing horses. We were able to pull them from the lot just before the deadline.
Olivia Hannah’s dad, Marty Hannah, donated all the funds to save Lexi and Erin Cox, our barn manager and riding instructor, donated all of the funds to save Baybe. Violet Josik offered to donate a large portion of the shipping fees to bring them from New Jersey to the horse rescue and the proceeds from the “Soup’s On Fundraiser” was enough to pay the remainder of the shipping expenses.
Do you wonder what it costs to “pull” a horse from the feedlot? The following is what it costs to pull one from the Camelot feedlot in New Jersey…
First you have to pay the amount that the proprietor of the lot paid for the horse, sadly this is generally based on its weight. There is then a $50 proprietors fee added on top of that as profit for the proprietor.
You then have a $20 fee for a coggins (a required test to make sure that the horse is free from equine infectious anemia, a highly contagious, incurable disease) and then you have a $35 fee for a veterinary health certificate.
I have seen the prices for the horses themselves range anywhere from $50 for a horse in very poor condition up to over $700 for a very large horse in fairly good weight and condition.
After securing the cost of the horse, you then need to pick it up or arrange for transport to your location. This generally costs $3-$4 per mile. Sometimes a better deal is offered by a shipper for horse rescuing and transporting to horse sanctuaries, or if they already have a load heading in your direction.
Help us help them by
Arriving At The Farm
Lexi & Baybe arrived here on Monday morning around 7:00. Baybe was happy to get off the trailer, but Lexi was a little unsure! I think she had been to too many unfamiliar, somewhat scary places in a short time and didn’t know what to expect.
Once off the trailer we took them straight to the“old” back barn to be quarantined for three weeks.
They have nice 10 x 12 box stalls right next to each other and right across from the side door so they can see everything going on outside and get plenty of fresh air!
They got to just settle in for the day and get used to their new spot. On Tuesday they each got a good grooming and got to be turned out in the big pasture next to the barn…Once their quarantine is over the pasture will be seeded and then left alone for 6 or 7 weeks until it is ready for this year’s turnouts.
So far they love laying in the sun, watching the other horses and activities around the farm, eating , being brushed and getting exercise in the pasture!
Fundraising For Rescuing Horses
So far this year we have had two fundraising efforts to help with rescuing horses.
Our first effort was the “Soup’s On Fundraiser” at our winter Fun & Games Show. A huge thank you to everyone that donated soups and baked goods!
And an especially huge thank you to Naomi Ward, Erin’s mom, for watching the “store” for us!
There was almost $200 raised towards rescuing horses at the show!
Candy Bar Fundraising
Al has been in charge of handling the candy bar fundraising efforts….there has been a lot of interest in buying & eating candy bars 🙂 so we are seeing a steady profit for horse rescuing over time. So far the profits from candy sales are just over $100. If you are interested in heading up a candy bar sales group or just selling some candy bars yourself you can stop by and see Al…or you can text him at 741-2346.
Where To Start?
Well, after so much time the question is “where to start”? First I think I will recap 2010…
Horse Rescuing Fundraisers
The Haunted House Fundraiser was such a huge success, thanks to the hard work of ALL involved. It is going to have a huge impact on horse rescuing efforts and bringing rescue horses to a safe haven in horse sanctuaries.
The first Haunted House was such a big success that we had a”Haunted House II – The Return”! Between the two we raised over $1000 for the rescue! Thank you so much to EVERYONE! In fact here is a video of our 2010 Haunted House…
Sadly, we lost two of our favorite rescue horses, both ponies, this past year.
In July we felt it was finally time to have our beautiful Sparkles humanely euthanized. She had been living with an aggressive bone cancer for the past year and 1/2. She was still enjoying life, along with her mashes, but her body condition had begun to take its toll on her. Even though she ate frequently it seemed that the cancer was stealing all her nutrients.
For her birthday, July 4th, she got several carrot cupcake mashes which she thoroughly enjoyed! She is buried out behind our back barn under a gorgeous willow tree where she can continue keeping an eye on things. We miss her terribly. Sparkles was brought to the farm as a rescue 10 years ago. She had chronic foot problems but was still able to do pony rides for small children and help us to teach youngsters how to groom, lead and work safely around horses. She was a true gem!
In December we lost our barn mascot and great friend, Chubby. His spirit will remain with us always. Chubby was brought to the farm 21 years ago to prevent him from going to auction. He has led a long and happy life here.
There are more “Chubby stories” than you can count! We finally gave up on keeping him fenced in…he would break out of any pasture, stall or turnout area. We also finally realized that it saved everyone a lot of time if we just opened up his stall door and let him go where he wanted to! We did, however, have to devise a “Chubby-proof” system to keep him inside his stall because when he would get loose he would try to gorge himself on grain and let the other horses out.
Chubby had lost his best friend, Kismet, another of our rescue horses, over a year ago. It broke his (and all of our) hearts. He was never quite the same. I am glad that they are finally together again. Chubby is buried under the willows, next to Sparkles, where he can help her keep an eye out on all of us he left behind.
This past fall we welcomed Justin as a rescue horse. He was not from a bad situation, but was not needed anymore.
We were approached by a kind person who had fostered Justin in the past but was unable to take him when he recently became available this fall.
She wanted to buy him from his current owners, who no longer needed him, and donate him to the rescue to prevent him from going to an auction.
Having recently purchased her own horse, she was unable to financially support them both. She loves him dearly and wanted to make sure he didn’t end up in bad circumstances.
Justin is a sweet and wonderful 15 yr. old Thoroughbred gelding. He is a handsome and gentle boy and is acclimating nicely to the lesson program here at the farm.
He has many fans and has received quite a warm welcome!
You Are Invited To…
The Haunted House & Pony Ride Fundraiser!
Be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, October 8th from 6pm until ? so you can attend the Haunted House Fundraiser at Spruce Meadow Farm, 10333 Keller Road | Clarence, NY 14031. You are probably aware that the horses have moved into the new barn recently, and that right now the “old” back barn is empty….well, on Friday, October 8th starting at 6pm it won’t be so empty. It is going to be transformed into a “haunted house” (or if you prefer a “haunted barn”!) For a $5 donation to the rescue you will get a trip through the haunted house and a pony ride. There has been a lot of behind the scenes work going into this for the past two months so it should prove to be an exciting event! And the best part of all is that the proceeds will go towards helping with the building fund and medical care of the rescue horses!
Piper is doing very well! She is beautiful, active and sweet. She loves to play and run when she’s out and gets along well with all the other horses! At her most recent vet check, 2 weeks ago, her heart has improved a tad and has a bit less of a swooshing sound and more distinct beat and her gum and tongue color are better (pinker). We’ll have to get another picture SOON…this one is actually over 2 months old already! 5/18/2010
Basket Raffle To Benefit Rescue Being Held At Spruce Meadow Farm’s Spring Horse Show On SUNDAY MAY 23rd
We hope you can come out this Sunday, May 23rd to enjoy the Spring Horse Show at Spruce Meadow Farm, located at 10333 Keller Road in Clarence. As well as lots of fun horse show classes, there will be refreshments and a basket raffle to benefit Phoenix Rising Equine Rescue! In addition to helping with housing and medical care for the rescue horses you will have the opportunity to win some wonderful “baskets” donated by local businesses and benefactors of the horses. For more information you can call 741-2346 or visit Spruce Meadow Farm’s website www.SpruceMeadowFarm.net Some of the early donations we have received come from Nelson Feeds of Akron, Watts Country Farm Market of Albion, Ken Spoths Farm Market of East Amherst, Golden Tails Pet Food & Supplies of Bowmansville, Alan Deacon of Spruce Meadow Farm, Hayes Seafood House of Clarence, Thompson Bros. Greenhouse of Clarence Center and Ohlson’s Bakery of Clarence. So come on out to have some fun and refreshments and most importantly, help save horses! 5/17/2010
Our newest rescue horse arrived 4 weeks ago. She is an 11 month old Thoroughbred/Trakhener filly named Piper. Having gone to see her, her subdued disposition and need of TLC, along with general less-than-healthy body condition and some digestive issues made us want to bring her to the farm. After getting her on a good feeding program and a probiotic she began to pick up weight, develop a better coat and show more energy. However, during a veterinary exam a substantial heart murmer was discovered and the veterinarian suggested she be taken to Ohio State University Veterinary Clinic for an echocardiogram to determine the extent of her problem. Piper was found to have several congenital abnormalities/defects of her heart. There is nothing that can be done to correct them at the present time. What we CAN do is continue to give her loving, supportive care, good nutrition and supplement her diet with digestive enzymes, CoQ10 and a heart tonic. She is currently enjoying life. She has lots of energy, runs, bucks and plays with her new friends and gets pampered and spoiled! We’ll keep you updated and post her most recent photos as time goes on…in fact we’ll have some new ones very soon! 3/1/2010
Our first fundraiser will be held at our Winter Fun & Games Show on Sunday, March 14th here at the farm. Everyone is invited and we hope YOU can attend! The fun & games will start at 10:00am and a Soup’s On Fundraiser will be held in the lounge attached to the indoor arena. There will be many varieties of soup & chili offered for your enjoyment! You can donate $5 and receive a cup, spoon, drink (bottled water or hot chocolate) and 5 poker chips. For a $10 donation you get a bowl, spoon, drink and 10 poker chips. With either donation you get unlimited access to all the “soups”. When you are finished you use your poker chips to “vote” on your favorite(s). There will be a cup by each soup pot. The chef of the most popular soup will win a prize. You can also bring along any laser and inkjet printer cartridges or cell phones. We will have a donation box available for these items! As always, every little bit adds up & helps with medical costs, feeding and housing of the rescue horses!