Wendy Hall shows a barred owl Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue Co-owner, Nancy Van Wie and guests Luke Piskun, 8, and Luke and Jack Withstandley during the CMVHR 10 year anniversary on July 20.
In the past 10 years, over 100 horses have found solace and new homes through the Crane Mountain Valley Horse Rescue Inc. (CMVHR).
Hundreds of others have found homes through the work of the rescue.
On July 20 and 21, the rescue held a celebration for not only their 10-year anniversary but for the hundreds of families made complete with the addition of horses given another chance at happiness.
“We’re really excited for this milestone,” said co-owner of CMVHR Nancy Van Wie.
CMVHR is a not for profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of horses in need, and to offering community education and outreach programs to teach kindness, respect, and responsibility to help prevent neglect and abuse.
“We had a great weekend and appreciate the dedication and commitment of our volunteers, adoptive parents, and donors, and the generosity of the Champlain National Bank who sponsored the event,” said Van Wie.
Eddie Mrozik, co-founder of CMVHR said, “these funds have significant impact on our ability to direct proceeds from the event to benefit the horses and the organization’s community education and outreach programs.”
Van Wie and Mrozik opened the rescue on to the public to enjoy the farm, meet the horses, check out their tack sales and experience a live exhibit with the Adirondack Wildlife Refuge and Rehabilitation Center (AWRRC).
Wendy Hall of AWRRC brought several birds of prey including a red tail hawk, a bard owl and a kestrel for the anniversary celebration.
Van Wie said there were waves of people coming to the rescue at various points during the two day event. Many were adoptive parents and donors, many new faces from the local community and from as far away as British Columbia, and several of the teachers and students who have participated in community education and outreach programs over the past decade with the rescue.
Van Wie said the day wouldn’t have been such a success without the help of several volunteers, all of which are adoptive parents of CMVHR horses.
“We have a really great group of people who have made horses from our rescue family and they are the ones here supporting us,” said Van Wie. “We were thrilled to have a wonderful group of volunteers and adoptive parents with us for the celebration of our 10 anniversary. It was like a mini reunion.”
Renee Rockefeller adopted Silverado, a silver Arabian horse who was featured wearing a Santa Claus hat on the cover of the Valley News Dec. 17, 2011 edition, drove up from Albany for the event. Another volunteer was Melissa Godin from Saranac Lake.
Van Wie said one of her volunteers, Katie Motler, had embraced advocacy for animals after she adopted a horse, Popeye, from CMVHR nine years ago. Popeye is a grey appaloosa who Van Wie and Morzick rescued from slaughter. Popeye had arrived at the CMVHR malnourished and Motler was so inspired by the terrible story of her horse’s tragic past of abuse that she made him the subject of team project advocated for severe punishment for the cruelty and inhuman treatment of animals. The team created a short film that remains on the CMVHR’s website.
“Katie is now a college graduate and she is doing incredible things,” said Van Wie. “Our volunteer’s commitment to animal advocacy is what we strive to spread to other people.”
Van Wie said she was happy to celebrate the day with some of her volunteers who helped raise money for the facility like Joni, Nick and Chris Barcomb, who Van Wie said spearheaded the Lowe’s Heroes project at CMVHR three years ago. The rescues longest tenured volunteers, Melissa, Dominic and Frances Eisinger, starting when CMVHR opened, also attended the day. Frances was six years old when she first came to the rescue and was able to ride one of the horses at her first horse show and later bring it to camp with her said Van Wie.
The rescue, located at 7556 NYS Route 9N in Westport, first opened with the view of Crane Mountain, later moving to its current location.
“I always hoped we would make it to 10 years and of course would like to make it longer,” said Van Wie. “(We) would like to thank all of our donors and volunteers for helping make the past 10 years a success. We look forward to the next decade, and to helping many, many more horses and humans through our mission-driven work,”
Contact CMVHR at 962-8512 for more information, or visit their Facebook page or website at www.cmvhr.org.