The 12th Annual MHARF Trainer’s Challenge!
The 12th annual MHARF Trainer’s Challenge will take place on Saturday, September 7th, at the Leatherdale Equine Center on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m. and judged classes start at approximately 9;30 a.m. Tickets are $5.00 at the door. This year the Trainer’s Challenge will once again feature the “Promise of the Future” Training Competition for young horses. We have 12 great horse and trainer teams competing in the main mounted division of the Challenge and 6 horse and trainer teams in the Promise of the Future in-hand division. All of these beautiful horses will be available for adoption by silent auction at the event to pre-approved bidders/adopters. To see how you can become pre-approved to bid, please visit our Adopting a Trainer’s Challenge Horse page. We are always happy to answer questions about the adoption process so please feel free to Contact Us Here!
We want to thank our 2019 Sponsors for assisting with prize money to reward these busy trainers who volunteer their time to train these rescued horses in hopes of finding them great new homes. You can view our generous 2019 Sponsors Here!
If you would like information on how to become a Trainer’s Challenge Sponsor or would like to VOLUNTEER to help at the event, please Contact Us Here.
Why should you attend the Trainer’s Challenge this year? Because it’s a lot of fun and also for a great cause! For photo galleries and results from previous Trainer’s Challenges (2008-2018) Click Here!
Click Here for a printable poster in black and white to share at your barn, feed store, tack store etc.!
Help Support the 2019 MHARF Trainer’s Challenge!
Thank you so much to long-time MHARF volunteer Kem Timlin for starting a Go Fund Me page to help raise money to support the 2019 Trainer’s Challenge! Click Here to donate! We do have several sponsors for the 2019 event but not enough to cover all expenses and trainer prize money. All seventeen of the horses competing in the 2019 Trainer’s Challenge (featuring the Promise of the Future In-Hand training Competition for Young Horses) originally came to MHARF from humane cases. Their trainers have volunteered their time throughout the spring and summer in hopes of helping us to find these horses great homes after the event! Please help us reward their hard work by making a doantion to Kem’s Go Fund Me Page today! Any amount is much appreciated. If you would prefer to make your donation another way, Click Here to visit our Donate Page for more options. Thank you!
MHARF 25th Anniversary Edition Newsletter
So far 2019 has been a busy year for MHARF! It is also a special year for us–as we are celebrating our 25th year in operation! We have put together a 25th Anniversary Edition of our newsletter featuring an interview with MHARF founder and executive director Drew Fitzpatrick. Please consider making a donation to help MHARF celebrate 25 years of rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming horses and other hooved animals in need! The need is always ongoing so your support will help us continue this important work. ( Click Here for links for easy and secure online donation options and info on how to donate by check. All donations are tax-deductible!) We want to say THANK YOU to the countless people who have helped with this mission over the years by donating, adopting, fostering, volunteering, and sharing our information! We could not do this without all of you! Please view our newsletter for a lot more information about current activity at MHARF (for those of you on our print newsletter list–it is currently at the printer and will go out next week!). Thank you!
July 2019 Carlton County Humane Case
MHARF is recently assisted the Animal Humane Society of Minnesota by taking in three horses from an ongoing Carlton County humane case. Sadly, we did have to make the decision to euthanize the 3 year old mare. You can read the details and see photos and radiographs Here. We also had to make the decision to euthanize the 8-9 year old gray stallion (click on link for more info).
The yearling colt was treated at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services for pneumonia. He is severely malnourished but is improving. He has now been released from the in-patient clinic and has moved to the MHARF farm. Please Click Here if you would like make a donation to help us cover veterinary bills and care. Thank you!
MHARF is not an investigating organization in this case. We are the receiving organization and our role is to take in the horses that are signed over to us and provide care for them and provide forensic evidence to the investigators. Questions about this case should be directed to the Carlton County Sheriff’s Department and the Animal Humane Society of MN.
March 2019 Fillmore County Humane Case Update
Read about the updates regarding the charges in the March 2019 Fillmore County humane case here:
Charges Files in Horse Deaths -John Molseed, Rochester Post Bulletin
Smaglik Makes First Appearance in Horse Deaths -John Molseed, Rochester Post Bulletin
Horses, Donkey Recovering After Winter of ‘Extreme Neglect’ -Bill Hudson, WCCO News
Once again we want to thank the MN Horse Welfare Coalition, the Animal Humane Society of MN, the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Deptartment, and the Fillmore County Attorney’s Office for their work on this case! We also want to thank everyone who has donated towards the care of these horses, everyone at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services, all of our foster and adoptive homes, and all of our trainers and volunteers!
Owners of Horses from 2018 Brown County Humane Cases Found Guilty on 17 of 19 Charges
We are so thankful to the Brown County Attorney’s Office and the Brown County Sheriff’s Office for their work in this humane case. MHARF became involved in this case in spring of 2018 when we were called in to remove the horses from the property. We are also very thankful for the help of Dr. Zach Lappnow and everyone at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services, Dr. Kirk Smith, and all of the volunteers, foster providers, and trainers who helped in the rehabilitation of these horses.
Mertezs Found Guilty on 17 of 19 Counts of Animal Neglect -Fritz Busch, The New Ulm Journal
April 2019 Clay County Humane Case
MHARF has been working with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department in a recent humane case. You can read media coverage on this case here: Malnourished Horses, Sheep, Lambs Found in Minnesota; Owners Face Felony Charges – Raju Chaduvula
March 2019 Fillmore County Humane Case
MHARF has been working withthe MN Horse Welfare Coalition, the Animal Humane Society of MN, and the Fillm ore County Sheriff’s Dept. in a Fillmore County humane case involving 7 horses and a donkey (two additional horses were found dead on the property). We transported the equines to Anoka Equine Veterinary Services where they are receiving the best of care. Sadly, we had to make the decision to humanely euthanize one horse (the big bay gelding). The remaining horses and donkey continue to improve. We will have more details on individual horses soon!
Our popular “Geld ‘Em” bumper stickers are back! 11.5″ x 3.75″ stickers are great for cars, trucks, trailers and more.
Give the Gift of Kindness with a Special Occasion MHARF Equine Sponsorship!
MHARF is offering our popular “Meet, Greet, and Bring a Treat” sponsorship opportunity for any special occasion! Give the gift of kindness by sponsoring a horse at MHARF! Gift sponsorships are great for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and any other occasion! Please Click Here for more information on sponsorships!
Be a CHAMPION for the Horses at MHARF!
Sign up with the CHAMPION Volunteer Program through the Equus Foundation and be eligible to win Ariat gift certificates, scholarships, or even a grant for your favorite equine charity (which we hope is MHARF!) with just 24 hours of volunteer service in 2019. Click Here to view our volunteer opportunities.
Reporting Possible Humane Cases
Do you have questions about what to do if you suspect possible neglect or abuse of animals? You can find our recommendations for reporting humane cases in our latest newsletter! Click Here to read our Winter/Spring 2018 Newsletter
Memorial Services for Humane Agent Wade Hanson
Update: We are so very saddened to say that Humane Agent Wade Hanson of the Animal Humane Society of MN passed away on 12/23/18. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. This is an enormous loss for the state of Minnesota. Wade was one of a kind: dedicated, dependable, kind, patient and professional. Wade had been diagnosed with stage 4 terminal cancer in the fall of 2018.
Please Click Here to access Wade’s obituary page and find service information.
Through our Benefit Fundraiser for Humane Agent Wade Hanson we raised nearly $6,000 to help Wade and his family with expenses before he passed. You can still send a memorial gift to this online fund through the end of December. Please Click Here to read more about Agent Hanson and to make a memorial gift through our benefit page on GiveMN. 100% of memorial donations will go to Wade’s family. Memorials can also be made by check directly to the family though the bank: Wade Hanson C/O Member Cooperative Credit Union, 305 Lundorff Drive, Sandstone, MN 55070.
Thank You For Your Support on Give to the Max Day!
Thank you so much to everyone who donated to MHARF on Give to the Max Day in November! With your help, we were able to raise $7,965.00! Please Click Here to read about our 2018 Give to the Max Day Campaign and why we needed your support this year. You can also still donate to MHARF on GiveMN through this page at any time!
In Memory of Andrew Phipps
Everyone at MHARF wants to extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Andrew Phipps. Andrew passed away unexpectedly at age 22 on February 12, 2018. Andrew had a lifelong love of horses and worked many hours caring for them at a stable in Afton, Minnesota. Andrew is the beloved son of Chuck and Ann Phipps and brother to Samuel and Graham.
Because of Andrew’s love of animals, his family has generously designated MHARF as recipient of memorial donations. We cannot thank them enough for thinking of us at this tragic time. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andrew’s family and friends.
Please Click Here to read Andrew’s full obituary and learn more about this wonderful young man.
For options for making a memorial donation please visit our Donation Page.