In Loving Memory of Spark Plug “Sparky”
1/1/1998 – 10/25/2017
On October 25th, 2017 we had to say “goodbye” to MWHR resident mustang Sparky. Sparky came to MWHR several years ago with another mustang, Sweetie Pie and was trained by our Founder, David Hesse. Unfortunately, Sparky suffered from COPD which had to be carefully managed by steroids. One of the side effects of long term steroid use in horses is laminitis or founder. About six weeks ago, Sparky started suffering from a serious laminitic episode and despite all efforts, his condition continued to worsen. Ultimately there was nothing else we could do to help him and his condition was causing him great pain. MWHR is extremely grateful to all of those who worked so hard to help Sparky the past six weeks. A very special “thank you” goes to Dr. Kaylin Touche with KLM Equine for the countless hours of research and consultations, as well as loving support she gave Sparky not just in the past six weeks, but in the last two years. Sparky will be greatly missed but we know that he is finally running free again.
WMHR was so fortunate to have German Exchange Student, Valeska, visiting us for a week in September. Valeska is so passionate about working with horses and really wanted to learn to work with American mustangs. At home in Germany, she has trained her Spanish riding horse and Shetland ponies. This young lady was such a hard worker during her stay, helping to care for all our mustangs and keep the farm spotless! In addition, she made great training progress with Molly by doing ground work with her every day. It was such a pleasure having Valeska visit MWHR. We miss her already and hope she’ll get the opportunity to come back and visit us again soon! 🙂
MWHR hosted a local Girl Scout Troop on Sunday, September 24th so that the young ladies could learn about mustangs, rescue and horse care in order to earn a new badge. Everyone had a great time and got to interact with MWHR farm residents Molly, Smoochie, Wren, Ally and Flicka. Special “thank you” to Stephanie and Valeska (our German exchange student) for helping with the horses.
On September 16th, we participated in HorseFest at Little Creek Farm in Decatur, GA. It was a beautiful day and we raised over $550 for MWHR thanks to the hard work of our volunteers (Alba and Michele), who tirelessly painted faces all afternoon. These ladies are amazing and did such a great job! Also, special thanks to Chris L. for bringing Angel out to “meet and greet” as our mustang ambassador.
Last Sunday afternoon was our Volunteer Appreciation Lunch and we had a great turnout. Huge “thank you” to Alba Rosado and the rest of the Rosado family for making this event happen, including cooking the delicious BBQ!!! We are so grateful for our amazingly hard working volunteers and this event was just our way of letting them know how much they are appreciated.😍🐴
Lately Atlanta has certainly been living up to its nickname of “HOTLANTA”. Needless to say, our Work Day this past Saturday was HOT and HUMID!!!! Very special “thank you” to our dedicated volunteers who came out to work in the stifling heat. You all are amazing!
I know we sound like a “broken record” but we have some many people to thank for their support last weekend in making our Tack Thing Event and Silent Auction a huge success during the Ticket to Ride Benefit Horse Show. We’d like to give a special “thank you” to our friends at the new Chick-fil-A at Avalon for donating 50 chicken sandwiches plus a whole bunch of breakfast coupons for our volunteers and MWHR supporters last weekend. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
MWHR would also like to thank our friends at Trader Joe’s in Roswell for donating some amazing snacks for our volunteers and MWHR supporters at the Tack Thing Event last weekend during the Ticket to Ride Benefit Horse Show. We are so grateful for the support of businesses in our community.
MWHR is truly grateful to everyone who supported us last weekend at our Tack Thing Event & Silent Auction during the Ticket to Ride Benefit Horse Show. We are thrilled to announce that we raised $3,300 for MWHR which will go towards caring for the mustangs located at our Canton, GA facility. Thank you to all our dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly before and during the event and to all our supporters who made this event a huge success!!!
Big “thank you” to Bella and Buck, and the whole Rosado family, for supporting MWHR on Friday afternoon. Former MWHR mustang, Buck, and his adopter, Bella, got to show off their obstacle challenge skills at the Ticket To Ride Benefit Horse Show. They did a great job!