With the arrival of fall, we are eagerly anticipating the annual NEER North Auction, our biggest fundraiser of the year! Please spread the word and plan to join us with your family and friends on October 20 at the Doubletree Hilton in Danvers. It’s always a fun evening with live music, delicious food, and tons of unique, useful, artistic, and adventurous auction items to bid on. Proceeds will directly benefit the animals we rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome throughout the year. Tickets are available on our website www.eventbrite.com/e/9th-annual-neer-north-benefit-auction-tickets-49950994770.
As many of you know, I recently attended the Homes for Horses Coalition’s Conference in Florida, along with representatives from over 200 rescues from across the country. The three-day agenda was packed with presentations and workshops on everything from fundraising and engaging trainers to building an effective online presence and getting horses adopted. It was a fantastic opportunity to network with others who experience challenges similar to ours and to share ideas about the best ways to build and maintain a strong equine rescue organization. I came away with some new ideas for NEER North that I look forward to working on in the weeks and months ahead.
Finally, a heartfelt thank you to the dedicated volunteers who showed up for daily shifts during an extraordinarily hot and humid summer. Your hard work and dedication are essential to the health and safety of the at-risk animals in our care. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for an easy winter.
See you at the Auction!
Founder and President
New England Equine Rescue North
AROUND THE BARN
Veterinary care is one of the most significant expenses our fundraising supports. Rescue and rehoming are the bookends of our mission, but rehabilitation—which can involve professional care for long- neglected health issues—is critical to the work we do.
This summer, a larger than usual number of our equines needed medical treatment beyond routine check-ups, vaccinations, dental work, and nutrition/medication consults. We are grateful to the donors who have stepped up to offset these extra expenses by sponsoring a NEER North horse or donkey.
One of those donors is longtime NEER North supporter Liz Liacos, who went above the call of duty by sponsoring special-needs Belgians Mike and Jim this summer and providing a new, over-size shelter to house them. Sadly we lost Mike to a bad colic in August, but we remain inspired by Liz’s exemplary kindness and generosity.
Donors like Liz—and Ann Biese, who sponsors our beloved donkey Mabel, and Shipley Allinson, who is now sponsoring Sherry—make a huge difference in our ability to help rescues with special needs. In addition to the $300 monthly cost to support an average NEER North horse, Sherry, for example, requires extra meds and frequent trims for founder issues. Information about sponsoring NEER North horses is available at https://neernorth.org/sponsor-or-foster-a-horse. Sponsorship pledges in any amount are welcome.
This Old Barn
Many thanks to the workers and donors who have helped us get the barn and paddocks ready for the coming winter. With the recently completed work to repair our barn roof, we can now store more bales of hay in the loft without fear of leaks. We are grateful to the Jespersons for their generous donation to support this critical project.
Ed Curtis of Ed’s Land Management was instrumental in revamping our outside water lines and hydrants, a project that is making the daily task of filling water buckets much easier. Thank you, Ed.
And of course, many thanks to John and Armand for their willingness to take on regular maintenance and repair projects of all types around the barn every week.
Holiday Craft Fair
Save the date of December 2 for a Holiday Craft Fair to benefit NEER North. Event will be held at the West Newbury Town Hall from 9-4. Vendors keep proceeds, but pay a fee for space to NEER North. This is a fantastic way to showcase and sell your products while contributing to a worthwhile cause. For details, please contact Susan Wong at Woodspring2@comcast.net .
Grab some friends and come to Flatbread Company in Davis Square, Somerville, on October 23, where a portion of the proceeds from every pizza sold will go to support NEER North!
SEE and BE SEEN
Another Newburyport Yankee Homecoming celebration,
another fabulous NEER North parade float!
Kat took Molly to the Amesbury Pet Fair and made new friends for NEER North.
Fall Family Fun Day was a success!
NEER North’s annual presence at the Topsfield Far builds awareness of our mission and creates good will. This year, Alfredo, Molly, Jack, and Peggy and Paisley went to the fair with Mary and volunteers who pitched in to help.
New Web site
Have you visited www.neernorth.org recently? Thanks to the talented Ariela Pelaia at Flexible Systems, we have a newly designed website that makes it easier to communicate with NEER North and to stay current with the latest goings-on at the barn. Thank you, Ariela, for your efforts to upgrade our digital presence!
FEATURED HORSE: SASSY
This 15-year-old Hackney mare (13.2hh) has a lot of style and lives up to her name! Well-mannered and sound, Sassy loves people and attention and has great manners for vet and farrier. She is an accomplished show-driving pony, although she’s had some time off in recent years. Sassy may be too frisky for children under saddle, but she’d make a wonderful companion, or try her for driving again. More information and photos https://neernorth.org/ma-horses/sassy/.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
Lenny and Bella were adopted by Jimmy at Till Farm in Westborough, where they will be helping with a therapy program for adults with special needs.
Scarlet’s new home is with Elizabeth at Poisett Farm in Rochester, MA.
Molly has been adopted by Liz in New Hampshire.
Evy is with Denise in New Hampshire.
Violet has been adopted by Caroline in Merrimac, MA.
We’re happy to share that adoptions are also pending for Marvel, Jack, and Alfredo.
Foster families are very important members of the NEER North community. We are grateful to the following people who have recently stepped up to care for NEER North equines at no charge to us, or with full sponsorship:
Niki in New York, who is fostering special needs horse Cera, and Megan and Eileen, who are fostering Prince in Merrimac. Thank you for all you are doing to help give these deserving horses a better life!
Cera in New York
This 13-year-old OTTB gelding is back at NEER from foster and in search of an experienced rider who will give him some guidance and work that will keep him interested. Smirk has lovely gaits, a great personality, and loves to be doted on. Turns out with mares or other geldings. More on Smirk: https://neernorth.org/ma-horses/smirk/
We’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of a yet-to-be-named 3-year-old Thoroughbred gelding who is currently in quarantine. We think he shows huge potential. Stay tuned for updates, and in the meantime, please go to this link http://derbyz.com/neernorth/b/ to play the “Name Game” fundraiser that allows you to participate in choosing our new arrival’s name!
Tom Cat Sign-off
Every year, I let it be known that I’m more than happy to go to the Topsfield Fair to meet and greet my legions of avid admirers. Just think of the fun I could have in the Poultry barn!! But no one ever listens. Alfredo got to go this year, and as you can see, he just made a silly ass of himself. It’s an outrage!
“Working horses is a little like being married. Sometimes you have to adjust and change your plan.” - Buck Brannaman