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Rebuilding from Hurricane Irma

September 14, 2017 (AUBURNDALE) – Hurricane Irma has come and gone. but we are still here! We were lucky enough to be able to move all 26 horses, and various other furry friends, to a temporary location that allowed them to be out and grazing on 30 acres during the storm. This was best as …


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2017 Poker Ride Scheduled

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017 Location: Lake Louisa State Park Registration: 9 to 10 a.m. Ride out: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Cost: $20 per person ($30 day of event) Parking: $5 fee per trailer Proof of current coggins required. After the ride, dress your horse in their best circus/carnival costume for the costume contest!  Register now! All …


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Slew of events set for Help a Horse Day

Hope Equine Rescue is gearing up to host multiple events in honor of Help a Horse Day this year. While the main event will take place Saturday, April 22, fans will be able to participate in additional events leading up to the main celebration. This is a great opportunity for community members to learn about …


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Cat Madden featured in EQUUS Foundation Champions program

Ariat International, the sponsor of the EQUUS Foundation Champions program, randomly selects volunteers who have earned Champion status to receive Ariat boots each quarter. “These hard-working horse lovers are so grateful to receive the Ariat boots and the recognition for the essential work they are performing at equine charities across the United States,” said Lynn …


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HSUS awards $1,000 grant to rescue

The Humane Society of the United States recently awarded a $1,000 grant from the Summerlee Foundation, Annie Lee Roberts Emergency Rescue Fund, to Hope Equine Rescue.
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Horton continues to expand skills with Forever Foundation

Dani Horton made her way to Clovis, New Mexico over the weekend to participate in training at Carter Horse Ranch, just west of Ned Houk Park. The effort is presented in partnership between Forever Foundation and the Humane Society of the United States, and aims to alleviate obstacles in horse rescue efforts.
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Rescue to host Help a Horse Day fundraiser; educational event

AUBURNDALE – Hope Equine Rescue will host its 3rd Annual ASPCA Help a Horse Day fundraiser and educational event on Saturday, April 23, from 1 to 6 p.m. The event will be held at Hope Equine Rescue, 1200 Dixie Drive, Auburndale. The event is the largest fundraising event for the rescue, held throughout the year. …


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New Year Equals New Goals for Rescue

AUBURNDALE (January 16, 2016) – It was a busy 2015 for Hope Equine Rescue. Now that the year is over, it’s time to focus on 2016 goals. “We grew too fast,” Dani Horton said, of the past eight years. “We need to focus now on getting the volunteers that will help us get our horses …


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Obstacle Challenge results

The Hope Equine Rescue Obstacle Challenge, hosted by Time to Shine Equestrian Center, was held November 21, beginning at 10 a.m. The event, located at 4000 N Combee Road in Lakeland, was open to horses, mules and donkeys. Divisions included In Hand, Posse, Open/Advance, Youth, Novice and Green Horse. See registration form for class regulations. There were …


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What do we do? Open House Oct. 24

Ever wonder what Hope Equine Rescue actually does? What programs do we offer? What do you have to do to be a volunteer? What kind of horses do we have available? Learn all of this and more at our annual Open House on October 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. Drinks and snacks will be …


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Labor of Love Show raises $3,200 for rescue efforts

  Time to Shine Equestrian Center hosted the Labor of Love Horse Show, benefitting Hope Equine Rescue, on September 5. The event, which featured rescued horses from a variety of non-profit organizations in Central Florida, helped to raise approximately $3,200 for equine currently in the care of Hope Equine Rescue. “Time to Shine has been …


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Labor of Love Horse Show to feature rescue classes

The Labor of Love Horse Show, hosted by Time to Shine Equestrian Center and benefitting Hope Equine Rescue on September 5, will feature classes for rescue horses and awards aplenty. All day entry fee is $50 per horse. Gates open at 7 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. First class will start at 9 a.m. …


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Hope Equine Rescue Partners with MACY’S for 10th Annual “SHOP FOR A CAUSE”

Macy’s will partner with Hope Equine Rescue to invite customers to participate in Macy’s 10th annual national “Shop For A Cause” charity shopping event on August 29, 2015. Customers can purchase shopping passes from Hope Equine Rescue now. Macy’s “Shop For A Cause” is a unique one-day-only shopping event created to support local charities’ fundraising …


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Local 4-H group to host fundraiser

Clovers on the Ridge 4-H Club will host an Obstacle Trail Challenge Fundraiser, benefiting Hope Equine Rescue, on Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Challenge will be held at Bartow Horse Arena, located at 1702 Highway 17-98 S, Bartow. Challenge will feature beginning, intermediate and advanced divisions. Trophies will be awarded …


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Rescue to hold 2015 Help a Horse Day event

Bring the family and spend a day on the farm as Hope Equine Rescue hosts an event for ASPCA’s Help a Horse Day, on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the third annual Help a Horse Day by the ASPCA – a national effort on behalf of unwanted, abused and neglected horses and …


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Clinic serves to improve training program; adoption success

After three days of intensive training at the Plan 4 Progress Forever Foundation Clinic in Murchison, Texas, Dani Horton and Wayne Elkins are ready to renew their efforts with the Hope Equine Rescue training program. “I don’t care who you are, you’re doing something wrong if you’re not learning,” Elkins said regarding the importance of …


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Why We Do This

Hope Equine Rescue is made up of a wide array of people who all get involved for their own reasons. Watch the video to find out why we do what we do. To get involved, contact us today.
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Old Quarter horse finds new life

An older horse is a difficult sell in the rescue world. Dani Horton, President of Hope Equine Rescue in Lakeland, Fla., says potential adoptees typically request 8-to-12-year-old horses. “It’s unfortunate because these older horses still have so much left to give.” Add to that a difficult temperament or a medical condition, and an older horse …


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First H.E.R. Obstacle Challenge a success

by Bobbi Zagrocki Contributing Writer More than forty competitors of all ages braved the chilly temperatures and gusty winds on Saturday, November 1, to compete in the Hope Equine Rescue Obstacle Challenge at Time to Shine Equestrian Center in Lakeland. The event featured 20 obstacles that were meant to be fun and challenging. The Obstacle …


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5K Zombie Fun Run Race Results

Hope Equine Rescue held its second 5K fundraiser on Saturday, October 25. The event featured two 5Ks. The first was a timed run while the second featured runners being chased throughout the course by zombies. Results for the timed race were as follows: Overall 1. Thomas Spiker, 21:07.61 2. Al Vigne, 23:11.01 3. Tabitha Spiker, …


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Auburndale horse rescue board members attend national rescue Summit

  July 31, 2014 – AUBURNDALE – Dani Horton and Wayne Elkins, President and Vice President of Hope Equine Rescue, are participating in the Homes for Horses Coalition 2014 Summit, in Denver, Colo., July 31 through August 1. Upon getting starting the first day, Horton was already excited about attending. “Great first day so far,” …


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Donate via AmazonSmile

Hope Equine Rescue has a constantly shifting Wish List of items needed to operate a rescue of its size. In the world of online shopping, supporters now have the option of supporting Hope Equine via the AmazonSmile program. Just click the AmazonSmile logo below, enter your username and password, and shop away while supporting a …


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"Hope to Survive" Zombie 5K fundraiser scheduled

Hope Equine Rescue will host its second 5K fundraiser on Saturday, October 25, beginning at 4 p.m. at Holloway Park. The “Hope to Survive” Zombie 5K will feature a timed race, followed by a Zombie 5K fun run, complete with humans and zombies dressed the part. Participants may run one race, or both for a discounted …


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Rescued horse fills the void for new owner

In 2012, Hope Equine Rescue received a call to pick up a mare with her eye hanging out. The owner stated that he would shoot her if she was not picked up that evening. “We immediately hooked up the trailer and headed pick her up,” Dani Horton, President of Hope Equine Rescue, said. “When we arrived we noticed …


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Help a Horse Day April 26

Hope Equine Rescue will host a Spring Clean Up and Open Barn Day, in celebration of the ASPCA’s Help a Horse Day, on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the second annual Help a Horse Day – a national effort on behalf of homeless horses and those who care for them. H.E.R. will …


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Racing to the Rescue 5K Results

The first annual Racing to the Rescue 5K took place at Holloway Park on March 8, 2014. More than 100 participants registered in support of the rescue. Event results are listed below:   Top Overall Male – Verton Stephens, 37, 23:26.94, Auburndale Top Overall Female – Crystal Harris, 30, 22:40.04, Lithia Age Bracket Awards 9 …


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Virtual 5K

Heard about our Racing to the Rescue 5K but not able to make it to Holloway Park on March 8th? No problem. Support Hope Equine Rescue by participating in the Virtual Racing to the Rescue 5K. Simply click on the PayPal link in this post, pay your $25 fee and run the race wherever you …


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Annual Poker Ride to take place in April

Back by popular demand, Hope Equine Rescue will host its annual Poker Ride at Lake Louisa State Park on Saturday, April 12, 2014. It will include trail riding, a scavenger hunt, raffles, prizes, food and fun. This will be a poker run-style ride. All proceeds benefit the horses of Hope Equine Rescue. Registration will begin …


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Feature of the Month

Katie and Wild Thang What a cute driving pair these two would make. Katie and Wild Thang came from a backyard breeding program and were feral. For those who were familiar with Star, they came from the same place. Katie, at left, is 8 years old and Wild Thang is 4 years old. While not …


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Racing to the Rescue 5K

Get fit while supporting a good cause. Join us at Holloway Park on March 8, 2013 for our inaugural Racing to the Rescue 5K Fundraiser. Participants can register online, at Fit Niche of Lakeside Village, or by mail. Awards will be given in multiple categories. All pre-registered participants will also receive a T-shirt and goodie …


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Fanni goes under water

Fanni, an approximately 15 year old Paint mare currently in rehab, has recently taken to swimming. When Fanni arrived, she was severely under weight and had lameness issues in her back end. Since being care for at the rescue, she has gained enough weight to try underwater treadmill sessions. For a small fee, we are …


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Mrs. Blue and Momma move into new foster home

Long-term residents, Mrs. Blue and Momma, have found a new foster home in Tenoroc High School’s agriculture department today. Mrs. Blue is a 28 year old Thoroughbred mare. She came to us the first time in May 2008. She was found starving behind a feed store. The owner said it was not his horse so …


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2014 calendars on sale now

The 2014 calendar of Hope Equine Rescue horses is now available for ordering. All proceeds from this calendar go to the direct care of the horses. Our goal is to sell 200 calendars at $10 each. They can be ordered via the store on this Web site, via You Care, or by sending payment via …


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President, Dani Horton, earns scholarship to national horse clinic

Dani Horton, of Auburndale, is one of 12 individuals in the nation to earn a full scholarship to participate in the Basic Skills for Difficult Horses clinic at Doris Day Horse Rescue and Adoption Center, at The Fund for Animals’ Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison, Tex. “This clinic is so important for what we do …


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4-H Club delivers garden stones

Approximately one month ago, work began on the Garden of Hope. It will be meant for a place to reflect on those we’ve lost along the way. It required volunteer effort to clean out the weeds and grass in front of the barn, as well as hours of labor shoveling rock. All Stars 4-H Club, …


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