Who We Are
Mountain Valley Horse Rescue (MVHR) is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization that rescued its first horses in 2004, and became a 501(c)(3) in 2005 with the mission of rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming abused, neglected, abandoned, and unwanted horses. MVHR also works to reduce cases of horse abuse and neglect through education and outreach.
A decade after its inception, MVHR has helped over 100 horses in need find homes with loving owners. The MVHR horse capacity has swelled from its original number of 5 horses to more than 20.
MVHR’s outreach and education programs have expanded to include presence at most local horse events, including the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo, Beaver Creek Rodeo, and local farmer’s markets. A number of clinics and education events are hosted each year, including the annual Rescue Rendezvous held each spring. The rescue facility hosts education and volunteer events almost weekly, allowing hundreds of individuals from the local community to participate in learning about the care of the horses. Furthermore, partnerships and collaborations with more than a dozen local businesses and organizations have allowed a variety of equine assisted learning, therapies, and experiential learning to also enjoy a space within our community.
Owning our own facility has long been a dream of MVHR. The number of horses MVHR now accommodates on a regular basis, coupled with the number of people who rely on MVHR’s programs, make it essential that MVHR have a facility free from any short or long term insecurity.
With the support of the Shaw Family Foundation's leading gift of $1,000,000 and the generosity of Dick and Marci Woodrow, the dream of a forever home for MVHR became a reality in August of 2016. Now located on 115 acres along the Colorado River, just outside of McCoy, Colorado, MVHR can forever offer horses a place to rest, recover, and move on to their new lives.
It is with enormous gratitude for the Shaw Family, the Woodrow's, and all others who have donated to help make this a reality, that MVHR looks forward to sharing this space with horses and people.
Capital Campaign efforts do continue, in hopes of expanding and improving facilities on the property to even better care for those horses in need. See our Capital Campaign page for information about how to get involved with this legacy opportunity.