2018 Annual Report

 

Dear Friends and Supporters,

On behalf of our Board and Staff we thank you for your support of Mountain Valley Horse Rescue. 2018 was another exciting year for the horses. The corral expansion completed in 2017 allowed for an increase in the number of equines under our care. There was an average of 33 per month enjoying life at the Rescue. During the year, we had 9 new intakes and 6 successful adoptions. Several of the adopted equines remained on property as new boarders. The income from our boarders provides an additional source of revenue to maintain operations. 

We also assisted in over a dozen direct adoptions where we help coordinate the transfer of ownership between private parties. Through these efforts and our connections in the horse community, we save numerous equines from unnecessary slaughter or euthanasia.

Training was a real focus for MVHR in 2018. The number of equines who experienced some level of training increased with the services of two new trainers. This had a direct effect on the ability of MVHR to complete the adoption process for many of our charges. Among many highlights was the continued success in having the wild mustangs, previously rescued from a South Dakota sanctuary, under saddle and receiving further training.

In 2018 the board and staff held its second strategic planning retreat where our mission was fine tuned to remain focused on rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming abused, neglected, abandoned, and unwanted equines. 

Our education and outreach programs continued to spread the word about real life situations and the need to reduce cases of horse abuse and neglect.

Enhancements were made to many of the administrative functions in 2018 including marketing and public relations, events, fundraising, board development, and compliance with non-profit regulations. Significant improvements  were made to our website www.mountainvalleyhorserescue.com and to our social media presence.

In addition to our annual Cordillera Barn Brunch fundraising event, board members and volunteers successfully hosted two new outreach events in Steamboat Springs. These were significant successes as the board made it a priority to be more visible in the Yampa Valley.

In the 3rd quarter of 2018, the board approved upgrading our database software. The conversion was completed in time for the year-end giving campaign that once again included Colorado Gives Day. Through the generosity of our supporters, donations exceeded 2017 numbers.

Another area that showed tremendous growth was our summer programming for children and adults. The programs utilize the rescue horses and privately-owned horses boarding at the rescue to educate  and develop horsemanship skills.  In its second year the program was wildly successful with waiting lists for several of the programs.

2018 saw a 31% increase in the number of volunteer days logged at the ranch and an 66% increase in the number of volunteer hours over the prior year. In addition to these volunteers, we had 89 people from various service groups log approximately 267 hours helping to muck the stalls, groom the horses, and perform general facility repairs. We continued to host Community Volunteer Days on the first Saturday of each month as a day when family and friends can join Veterans at the ranch to complete work on a list of chores. It is wonderful that so many people choose to make the short trek to MVHR and donate their time and effort - and get a little horsey time in return.

With the celebration of life and daily successes at the Rescue, we are cognizant and mindful of the reality of death. Sadly in 2018 we said our goodbyes to Blondie (our matriarch), Nacona, and Atir. We invite you to visit our website www.mountainvalleyhorserescue.com to learn more about these and other horses whose care has been entrusted to MVHR.

In 2018 we continued our partnership with the Beaver Creek Rodeo in providing equine educational information to attendees as well as pony rides for the kids. We also continued our partnership with the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo by managing the horse stalls available for visiting participants.

The first of many planned capital improvements to the property continued in 2018 with the construction of the hay barn (stackyard) to keep the hay out of the weather. It is now in use and we hope to have it totally completed in the spring of 2019. If you would like to donate to any of our other capital projects, please let Shana or any of the board members know.

It is only with your support that we were able to accomplish these milestones and provide such an elevated level of care for the horses in our charge. For that we are truly grateful.

With Sincere Thanks,
Mountain Valley Horse Rescue Board of Directors