Race2Ring Future Statement
FOR PUBLIC RELEASE – OCTOBER 25, 2016
After almost 6 years of working tirelessly to make a positive impact in the lives of horses through rescue, rehabilitation, retraining and rehoming, it is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the dissolution of Race2Ring as a non-profit organization, effective December 31st, 2016.
Since 2011, Race2Ring has made a difference in the lives of over 50 equines – carefully rehabilitating and retraining many, placing them in productive and lifelong partnerships. We have developed programming to support young riders who are partnered with an OTTB or rescue horse to fulfill their equestrian dreams. We have rescued tired souls from the racetrack and the kill pen. We have helped families who are in need find placement for their horses before life's circumstances force them towards neglect, abandonment, euthanasia or auction. We have hosted educational and clinic opportunities for our equestrian community. We have collaborated with other like-minded organizations, and have met so many wonderful, passionate equestrians and local businesses. And, for all of this, we are so very grateful.
This has not been a quick decision. We are making this announcement on the heels of a full year of tough conversations, creative brainstorming, feasibility studies and a lot of industry research. Unfortunately, after many years of implementing new ideas, restructuring and fundraising, we are not sustainable; an organization such as ours relies on donations, volunteers and community support to survive. We refuse to become an animal rescue organization who needs rescue themselves – and we feel that we can offer our resources to other existing nonprofits in the same field who are standing a bit stronger than we are.
We assure everyone that we will do right by the horses and people currently within our organization. We will find long-term placement that meets our high standards for our equines. We will take care of the staff and board members who have taken care of us over the years. And we will give back to our community – supporting other equine-rescue organizations who are still fighting the good fight. Perhaps together, we can be stronger and better for the long haul.
If you have any questions, please contact us directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please direct all questions or concerns to us via email.
Any unkind remarks will be removed from our social media pages and/or web site.
Thank you for your understanding.
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported us through the years; with special consideration to:
Our Donors • Our Volunteers • Our Adopters • Our Love.Lease.Ride.Show [L.L.R.S.] Ambassadors and their Families
Our Board of Directors • Tracy, Executive Director • Erica, Marketing Director • Trisha, Head Trainer • Tiffany, Barn Manager
Tim, Facilities Manager • Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries • Shy Horse Stable & Supply
Dr. Tiffany Bradford – Bradford Animal Hospital • Statesville Equine & Bovine • Dr. Robbie Whaley – Piedmont Mobile Veterinary Services
Mike Stine – Equine Dynamics • Ron Harrington – Harrington Farrier Services • Lisa Hinkle – Equinox Equine Massage Therapy
Waxhaw Tack Exchange • Eclipse Equine Transport • The Carolinas Equestrian Magazine • Triple Play Farm
Brook Hill Farm Retirement & Rescue • Michael Lyons Horsemanship • Sugaree Ranch of Horsemanship • Whitehaven Plantation
Jennifer Flowers Dressage • Robbie Potter Horsemanship • Spanish Riding School – Marius Schreiner, Florian Bacher and Jorie Sligh
Kathleen Kelley Fine Art • Jessie Smith Wiley – Bridle Horse Photography • Janell Cameron – County Saddlery of NC
Junior Jamboree Clinicians • The Schill Family • The Summer House • Rocky Creek Ranch • The Discovery Trail • Equuvation Inc.
...and all who participated in one of our events, shared our message and spent time with us in the barn.
Love.Lease.Ride.Show [L.L.R.S.] Statement
FOR PUBLIC RELEASE - OCTOBER 25, 2016
Along with the dissolution of Race2Ring as a non-profit organization, effective December 31st, 2016, comes the official end of our R2R Love.Lease.Ride.Show program. Since the inception in 2013, we have placed six rescued, rehabilitated OTTBs with junior riders; and have sponsored four other riders who were already partnered with an OTTB or rescued horse. All of the junior riders who participated in the L.L.R.S. Program were chosen by a committee following an application process and mounted auditions; and were evaluated based on their horsemanship, sportsmanship and setting an example of being good stewards of our equestrian industry. The L.L.R.S. Program was the most successful outreach program created by Race2Ring.
Keep an eye on our social media outlets to learn more about how this program will be brought back to life under a new name for 2017 through an affiliate nonprofit organization.