Thank You Triple Crown Feed! For its TLC $100,000 Holiday Giveaway, Triple Crown Nutrition asked Facebook fans to submit the names of their favorite 501(c)(3) equine nonprofit organizations in need of a little tender loving care this holiday season. This special holiday donation contest was designed to help nonprofits that work hard to help the lives of equines and the people they work with. Nominations included groups that help physically disabled children through equine therapy, rescue groups that rehabilitate abandoned and abused horses, equine retirement and sanctuary groups and even equestrian exhibition teams for financially disadvantaged youth.
Over 3,000 Facebook fans submitted nominations during the first two weeks of December, electing over 450 unique groups. From there, 20 lucky organizations were selected for the final voting round.
From December 14-19, fans voted for their favorite nonprofit finalist, asking family and friends to vote and share the contest information. Nonprofit groups even rallied for more votes. It was amazing to watch the camaraderie between the nonprofit groups who encouraged and congratulated the finalists.
Shortly after midnight on December 19, Triple Crown announced the nonprofits with the most votes:
First place: Healing Horses “One Child at a Time”, Inc., Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Second place: W.H.I.N.N.Y Horse Rescue, Crooksville, Ohio
Third place: Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement, Inc., Salem, Conn.
We're hunkering down for the winter. Sincerest thanks goes to our hearty Winter volunteers who show up even with the snow and freezing temps.
December 23, 2012
Christmas for the Horses brought a herd of volunteers carrying shredded carrots, molasses and chopped apples to add to the nice warm mash Dee concocted for the equine herd.
Our deepest appreciation and thanks go to the ASPCA for having our back and giving us your vote of confidence.
How comforting is it for a small organization such as ours to have the support of a renowned respected organization such as the ASPCA? VERY COMFORTING! Again in 2012 the ASPCA has reaffirmed our belief in our mission by giving us two grants. In October we received $3000 as part of the “Hay Bale Out” campaign. This grant was designed to help organizations affected by unavailability and skyrocketing hay costs due to drought in the Midwest. Those same drought conditions drove up the cost of the essential senior feed we use to keep our geriatric horses in good condition. The price of a 50 lb. bag of senior feed has jumped by $2.35 per bag or 12% since September of 2012. Those kinds of unexpected cost increases can wreak havoc on the budget of any organization. In December we were also delighted to receive another $500 through the ASPCA Staffers' Choice Grant for general operating expenses in honor of ASPCA employee Jacques Schultz.
October 15, 2012
We mourn the loss of Wiggy who had been boarded here since we opened in 2004. Because she was a wobbler she was never rideable. Her owner Karen Irons gave her the gift of 27 wonderful years of life. Wiggy returned the favor by just being Wiggy.
September 29 & 30, 2012
Mitchell Farm's annual fundraising concert expanded to two days! Day one had the audience singing in the rain along with perennial favorites Aztec Two-Step, Jonathan Edwards and the Pousette-Dart Band. Day two was graced by the Gail Wade Trio, Poor Old Shine and The Greencards.
September 2, 2012
Mitchell Farm served as host venue for BRANDAID. The daughter of a
close family friend, Brandi was diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall
of 2011, at the young age of 27. Hundreds joined us
for a day of fun, laughter, awareness and gratitude as we marked the one
year anniversary of Brandi's diagnosis.
August 29, 2012
Welcome R2! Remington is a 27 year old Thoroughbred gelding retired to Mitchell Farm by his owner Claudia Laubacher. Maybe you saw him on the Gran Prix circuit during his prime.
Mitchell Farm received accreditation from The Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries!
Mitchell Farm Compost
2 cubic foot bag $5
small pick-up truck load $25
standard pick-up truck load $45
Available Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and by appointment
call Hank (860) 861-2321
Thanks to DCS Energy and our solar energy system installed March 2011, we have not had to pay for electricity for the whole year!
Thank you to Craig & Melinda Bradway for funding to install a generator. Mother Nature ...bring it on! We won't have to worry about water for horses again!
Thanks to the ASPCA we have installed a fire detection system linked to the central dispatch making our barn safer and bring us that much closer to our goal of accreditation with the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries.
MFER is granted status as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement is founded by Dee Doolittle in Salem CT, with the simple mission of providing senior and infirm horses with a safe place to live out their lives. "Unusable does not mean unloveable."