Arabian Horse for Humanity: Saber

Who wouldn’t like to go to a convention and come home with a horse? In 2016 Grace Rushing did exactly that...more or less.

As a member of the Colorado Arabian Horse Club, Grace attended the 2016 AHA Convention in Denver. At the convention, the AHA Marketing and Promotion Committee introduced Goldie, the first of the Arabian Horses for Humanity.

Arabian Horse For Humanity Saber / Wounded Warrior Project fund

“I Want One.”

As fellow delegate Kathy Scott recalls, “Grace turned to me and said ‘I want one’.” As lightening quick as she made the decision to purchase a Humanity horse, Grace also knew her horse, who she christened, Saber, would champion: 1) The Wounded Warrior Project and 2) the Arabian Horseman’s Distress Fund (AHDF) — two important and worthy causes that both strike a very personal chord with Grace.

The Wounded Warrior Program (WWP) is a charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following September 11, 2001. Grace and her husband, Mack, are Army veterans with 44 years of combined service, so finding a way to support soldiers in need was an instinctive response honed through a lifetime of service to our country.

Wounded Warrior Project

Grace’s familiarity and appreciation for the Horseman’s Distress Fund is more recent, but no less intense. Why? Because Grace lives in Black Forest, Colorado.

In 2013, one of the most destructive fires in Colorado history ravaged the Black Forest area northeast of Colorado Springs. Over a nine-day period, over fourteen thousand acres burned, 509 houses were destroyed, and two people lost their lives. Grace, Mack and their three Arabian horses were forced to evacuate. Fleeing from a raging fire is stressful under any circumstances, but evacuating life stock adds another layer of complexity and anxiety. It’s not as simple as throwing the dog or cat in the car. The logistics are on a different scale. Says Grace, “The AHDF was the first to reach out and offer financial assistance.” The AHDF provides assistance in a variety of ways—from helping out an individual, to providing funds to help out horses and horseman facing disasters of epic proportions. Using Saber to help raise awareness of AHDF is Grace’s way of giving back and paying it forward.

Photo courtesy of Black Forest Fire 2013

Photo used by permission of BlackForestFire2013

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