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2017 Summer Newsletter from NEER North
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Dear Friends:
 
Why does it take forever to get from November to June, and suddenly in a blink of an eye it’s September?
 
As another New England summer winds down, there’s a lot going on at NEER North, including preparations for our Mane Event benefit auction, just around the corner on October 7. This is our major fundraiser of the year, and we’re still looking for donations to make it a success. Please save the date and see below for more details.
 
Many thanks to everyone who greeted visitors, donated and cooked barbecue items, played amazing music, led pony rides, or just visited the barn during our Open House on June 4. You helped us have a great time and raise $2600 to support our mission of rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming equines in need!
 
This summer we saw lots of familiar faces at Pipestave, the ECTA sale, Newburyport’s Old Home Week Parade, Pizza for Ponies at Flatbreads, our Volunteer Appreciation Party at Newburyport Brewing Company, and Customer Appreciation Day at the Essex Co-op--all fun events where our presence helped raise awareness of our mission and build our growing community. We’re grateful to the organizations we partnered with and to our volunteers who logged extra hours to help. 
 
We have a number of amazing,  adoptable equines at the barn right now who are waiting for a new start in life with the right family. See below for highlights and go to www.neernorth.org/neer-north-horses-up-for-adoption for more information.
 
As always, please accept our sincere thanks for everything you do to help us save at-risk equines and provide support for owners in crisis.
 
Mary Martin
President and Founder
New England Equine Rescue North

Sprucing up the Place

In addition to the ongoing work NEER North friend and handyman Eddie does to keep us up and running, some hard-working members of our volunteer team have made a big dent in our maintenance to-do list this summer. Armand, John, and Scott have tackled projects that include: cleaning and repairing gutters, replacing downspouts,  reinforcing the hayloft floor, cleaning the basement, fence repair, tractor maintenance, pruning, painting, replacing shingles, and leveling stall floor mats. 
In addition, we welcomed a group from Pentucket High School earlier in the summer, who helped with painting and fence repair. Thanks, as well, to the Pentucket Pony Club members who built shelves and cleaned tack and to Ipswich Girl Scout Troop 66228 who also helped us clean tack. While we’re at it, here’s a shout out to NEER Volunteer Kathy Donovan for her valiant efforts to make the Tack Shop more organized, shopper friendly, and successful!
 
This kind of behind-the-scenes work by volunteers saves us money on labor while protecting our investment in NEER North’s beautiful Ash Street property and making the facility safe and functional for animals and people. 

NEER North Steppin' Out!

Comings and Goings

Adopted!!

We’ve all been following Rambo’s progress since his arrival here a couple of months ago. This super-sweet QH gelding has some health issues, but he is doing great, and we are thrilled to say that Kathleen from Rhode Island has adopted him to be a companion to her older horse who is grieving for his recently deceased pasture buddy. Rambo deserves a special placement, we’re so glad he’s found it. Thank you Kathleen.
Many dedicated people networked to rescue Indie and spared him a trip to auction, an unthinkable fate for this lively and sociable donkey. He wasn’t at NEER North long, but with his expressive vocabulary and irrepressible romantic inclinations, Indie made quite an impression on everyone here. After gelding, Indie adjusted well and remained friendly, curious, and playful. He is loving his new forever home with Tamara in New Hampshire. Thank you Tamara!
We’re happy to report that our friendly, Standard Donkey Skippy has been adopted by Lisa in Maine.  Skippy loves nice people and attention and is enjoying both at his new forever home. Thank you, Lisa.
 
Pete the Hackney pony, has been adopted and is now at home with Rachel in MA. Thank you Rachel, for giving this wonderful guy a new start in life!
 
Spencer , the tall dark and handsome horse, has been adopted by Marc in Byfield, MA. Thank you Marc!

New Arrivals
 
Bonnie is a Halflinger mare in her 20s. She is green for her age, but sweet, kind, and willing. We are working on building her confidence. 
Morgan mare Kricket is quite a beauty, but she came to us with some injuries and is under evaluation. Stay tuned for updates. 
Georgia and Sauvee are POA mares. Georgia is a buckskin who is nine years old and sound. She’s a little out of practice under saddle, but has great potential for a young rider.
Sauvee is a very small POA who was severely ill when she was  rescued from a kill pen prior to her previous adoption. She can’t be ridden, but she is a beautiful little love-bug. These two have been together a long time, and we will be looking to place them together once they are ready for adoption. 
JUST IN!!! Skye. Handsome standardbred under evaluation. Watch the Web site for more information on him.
 
ON TRIAL
Apollo is out on trial with Barbara in New Hampshire. We’re hoping all goes well for this super-cute pony.

Featured Horse: Prissy 

Standardbred mare Prissy would be a fantastic trail horse for a beginner-intermediate rider. She has plenty of get-up-and-go and a great whoa! She’ll ride bitless, and can go for weeks without being ridden and be just the same when you get back on her. Prissy would be an excellent guest horse or companion. She can be a little difficult to catch unless you have a treat in your hand, but she’s an angel after that. She bathes well and stands still on cross-tie.  
 
Prissy is 15.1hh, and 21 years old. She is a beauty! You can find more information about adopting Prissy and videos of her fluid, ground-covering trot in action at www.neernorth.org/priscilla  .
 

CALENDAR 

2017 MANE EVENT AUCTION
Join us for our 8th annual NEER North auction! All proceeds support NEER North’s mission of rescuing, rehabilitating, and finding homes for at-risk horses and donkeys. Silent and live auction items include vacation home stays, jewelry, art, sports tickets and memorabilia, and themed gift baskets.
DATE: October 7
VENUE: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Danvers
TIME: 6pm – 10pm
TICKETS: $50 per person or $350 for table of 8.
https://neernorthauctiontickets.eventbrite.com
 
NEER NORTH at the Topsfield Fair
We’ll be at the Topsfield Fair again this year doing public outreach and education events with NEER North rescue animals. Look for us in the Barnyard area, October 2-6. Demos at 1:00 and 4:00 each day.
 
NEER NORTH FALL FAMILY CELEBRATION
DATE: Sunday, October 22, 11:00-2:00
WHERE: 52 Ash Street, West Newbury, MA
INFO: Bring your family to NEER North’s fall celebration. Meet horses and donkeys, learn about equine rescues, and enjoy a barbecue, music, face painting, pony rides, and scavenger hunt. 
COST: Free admission; donations requested for refreshments and rides

WISH LIST 

We need: Two run-in sheds, minimum 10X10, maximum 10X20 in size. Estimated Cost: $2,500-$3,000 each. We need these shelters to keep horses in our outer pastures safe during inclement weather all year long, but especially in the winter. Please consider donating, or reach out to contacts who could put us in touch with a carpenter who would donate labor or give us a good price. This would also be a great project for a company or other local organization looking for a feel-good community service activity. 
 
We need: 22-foot hay elevator.  Estimated Cost: $1500.
Having our own hay elevator would give us the flexibility to shop around locally, getting the best possible price for hay. Since hay is one of our biggest yearly expenses, this would be an investment that would pay for itself quickly.
 
We need: A new/used truck. Our 2002 Ford 150, which we to use to pull the trailer, haul equipment, etc., has logged over 200K miles. We’ve kept it running on a wing and a prayer, but we need reliable transportation ASAP. Breaking down with horses in the trailer is no fun. Please donate or put out the word that NEER needs new wheels!
Tom Cat's Parting Words


Of course, I already do more than enough for NEER North. But because I’m such a great guy, this year I’m going the extra mile for the auction and donating something super special: a dream date with yours truly. The lucky winner will be my guest for an evening at the barn, complete with a beverage from the hose, some delicious crunchy kibble in Mary’s office, and a personally guided tour of the barn basement, where I will introduce you to some crawly friends who hang out there after dark. How can you resist? Bid early and often on October 7. I’ll be waiting!
 
 
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