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Location of Central Virginia Horse Rescue: Brodnax, VA 

Year established: 2010 

Number of staff/volunteers: “Central Virginia Horse Rescue has a staff of one, 15 regular volunteers, and two foster homes,” says Cindy Smith, who is on the board of directors.  

Types of animals they work with: “We work with every breed and type of horse. We love to work with Standardbreds because of their versatility, athleticism and great temperaments.” 

Fundraising targets: “We are currently trying to raise money to purchase a farm that will not only allow us to rescue more horses, but also offer more programs such as riding lessons, camps, youth outreach, horse shows, etc.” 

Favorite rescue story: “In mid-November of 2012, Central Virginia Horse Rescue was asked by the Tazwell County Sheriff’s Dept. to take in an abandoned horse. Doug had been tied out in a pasture at an old mine. With a severe respiratory infection and a body score of one, the vet did not think he would live.

“Once at the rescue, we treated him for the respiratory infection and gradually increased the amount of feed he was getting. Doug quickly gained weight and health. By the end of his fourth month, it was decided he was strong and healthy enough to start evaluating for riding. We were delighted to find he was very well trained and gentle under saddle.

“We are lucky to have placed several of our horses in two therapeutic riding schools. We were thrilled when Allan’s Place had a spot for Doug as a foster horse. Since May, Doug has been giving therapeutic riding lessons to special needs children.

“About a month ago, a special girl entered Doug’s life. This child had suffered severe emotional and physical trauma. Within days, she and Doug had developed a special bond. Allan’s Place wanted approval to let her adopt him. On Christmas Day, one small girl got her wish.”