Brunch to benefit rescued horses in Routt, Eagle counties
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Just an hour’s drive south of Steamboat Springs along Colorado Highway 131 you will find the Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, but on Sunday Steamboat Springs residents can get a taste for what the rescue has to offer during a benefit at the Humble Ranch.
“It is a true community asset that we want Steamboat Springs people to know that is there,” said spokesperson Katie Peters. “We want people to know that the rescue is there for them to visit and to enjoy.”
This Sunday, Sept. 16 the rescue will be hosing a Barn Brunch at the Humble Ranch located at 31500 Cattle Drive in Steamboat Springs. Tickets are $50 and all proceeds will benefit the horse rescue, which is located on 115 acres just outside of McCoy.
“More than ever, every dollar raised has really mattered for the horses they have on site,” Peters said. “The need for horses has been increasing with the drought conditions this summer. Hay prices went up, and hay became harder to come by and more horses needed rescuing.”
The Mountain Valley Horse Rescue offers horses a place to rest, recover and find new purpose. The facility is the home of between 30 to 35 horses at any given time that have been rescued from the Vail, Steamboat and across western Colorado.
“Horse rescues do not receive any federal funding, and it costs more than $5,000 per year for the basic care of one horse,” said Shana Devins, executive director at MVHR. “Mountain Valley Rescue relies of volunteers, foster homes, donations and sponsorships to provide for our horses. With every dollar we raise, the lives of horses are saved and their futures, secured. We hope Steamboat Springs residents and in particular the local equine community will attend this event to learn more and help support us.”
In addition to caring for horses, the MVHR also offers educational programs and welcomes corporate groups to the ranch. Mountain Valley Horse Rescue, which rescued it first horses in 2004 and became a 501(c)(3) in 2005, moved to its current location at 33933 Colorado River Road after purchasing the ranch in August 2016.
Peters said the Barn Brunch will serve as an introduction to the rescue and it’s role in the community. The rescue is one of the only horse rescue organizations on the Western Slope and serves both Routt and Eagle counties. The rescue also works to reduce cases of horse abuse and neglect through education and outreach.
Peters said one of the reasons the group is coming to Steamboat Springs is to make the community aware that the rescue is here, and willing to help where it can. She said the rescue wants to know about horses that may need rescued, or might be in peril. She said even if the rescue can’t take a horse, it has access to a network of people and organization who can help.
Those who want to attend the MVHR Barn Brunch at Humble Ranch, or those who want to contribute to the horse rescue should visit mountainvalleyhorserescue.com.
To reach John F. Russell, call 970-871-4209, email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @Framp1966.
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