Equine Wellness will donate 25% of each subscription purchased using promo code EWA184 to Our Mim’s Retirement Haven.
Location: Paris, KY
Year established: 2006
Types of animals they work with: Our Mim’s is a retirement facility for pensioned Thoroughbred broodmares.
Fundraising targets: “The Haven has a grand list of fundraising projects for the winter,” says Cheryl Belucci, director of fundraising and promotion. “There’s a neverending quest to keep the coffers full enough to pay for feed, hay, farrier, and vet bills. A horse trailer is on the list of needed items. One of the stalls in the main barn needs to be reconstructed. And some of the clay-based soil in the horse cemetery needs to be replaced so that the flowers around the graves can thrive.”
Favorite rescue story: “Although founder Jeanne Mirabito grew up far away from the bluegrass hills of Thoroughbred country, the Rochester, New York native fell in love with the 1977 Three Year Old Eclipse Champion Filly “Our Mims” after watching her race on television. Two decades later, Mirabito came face-to-face with her childhood hero after she moved to Kentucky and the mare was pensioned off following noted racing and broodmare careers.
“When Mirabito and Our Mims first met, the older mare was not getting the attention an elder equine needs to thrive; she was very much underweight and unloved. Mirabito adopted Our Mims in February of 2000, and the lives of the two were forever changed once she brought the mare home to our farm in Paris, Kentucky.
“During their time together, Mirabito made promises to the mare — a promise that she would never let Our Mims be forgotten again, and that she would help other older mares live out a healthy retirement. When Our Mims died at 29 years old, it was time to keep those promises.”