Looking for a Holiday gift for a horsey friend? The Annual Horses & Hope calendar is the perfect solution as you get the great photos taken by Sarah K. Andrew AND support a great cause. According to Sarah,
Like last year, 100% of the calendar’s profit is donated to One Horse At A Time, a 501(c)(3) charity. The 2013 calendar features a wider variety of equine subjects than the 2012 calendar, which focused on horses at Camelot Auction in New Jersey. Horses and Hope: Faces of Rescue contains over 100 photos of horses and dozens of inspirational stories and quotes, and represents almost three years of volunteer work. In addition to my home state of New Jersey, I traveled to New York, Kentucky, Virginia, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Maryland and visited horses at equine rescues, as well as in their adopted homes.
One Horse at a Time does not house rescues, instead the organizations provides grants to help rescues and also local horse people. Last year, they gelded over 250 horses with the funds, and also provided emergency feed and surgery grants. 317 horses were helped in total with the $40,000 that the calendar generated last year.
In addition to the great photos, the stories of the featured equines is inspirational. Take Rosebud, for example. This Grand Damme iNow the mascot of Central Virginia Horse Rescue, Rosebud was originally an Amish mule who was purchased at auction for $50 and was described as a “bag of bones”.
Rosebud is the official mascot of Central Virginia Horse Rescue. Originally an Amish work mule, she was purchased at auction for $50. She was described as a “bag of bones”. She’s in her late twenties/early thirties. She even has her own Facebook page, where she dispenses words of wisdom.
Sarah K. Andrew and HoofPrints have teamed up to create a 2012 calendar, titled Horses and Hope: My Year at the Auction. If you aren’t already aware, Sarah takes photos every week of horses that are at the Camelot auctions. Her photos do an incredible job of capturing the personalities and conformation of the horses and the quality of her images I’m sure goes a long way toward helping them find a safe landing.
The calendars cost $14.95 each and 100% of the profit from the sales of the calendars will be donated to One Horse at a Time, a 501(c)(3) organization. Sarah especially likes the fact that OHAAT writes “gelding grants” to help stallions find homes. Her hope is that a good part of the funds from the calendar can help with gelding grants and clinics. So far, the calendar sales have brought in $26,000! Make sure you buy one — they make great gifts and they are for a well-deserved cause.
The calendar contains over 100 photos of horses, and represents almost two years of volunteer work. Since the Camelot Auction volunteer effort began, over 2,800 horses have been given another opportunity at new homes through a massive social networking effort.Every week, I photograph all of the horses who have been sold to the feedlot, and the photos in the calendar were many of my favorites. The purpose of the calendar is to inspire people to look at horses in need in a different light. Although the photos were all taken at Camelot Auction, my hope is that it encourages other people to think about their own local efforts to help horses. In addition to photography, the calendar contains some positive quotes and information about how to help in your local equine community. We worked very hard to give the calendar a “can-do” theme, instead of a gloomy one.You can click here to order the calendar: http://www.hoofprints.com/organizers.html
This lovely old postcard is from the early 1900s. I love the romance and the staging. Back in the 1900-1910 era it appears to have been quite common to dress in costume and pose with your horse. Maybe that should make a comeback? I know several people who might really enjoy that!
Hand tinting was also very popular back than. Not surprisingly, the tinting was done primarily by women who did complex cards in an assembly line — each person was responsible for a color. Sadly, there was a downside: the women typically cleaned their brushes by putting them in their mouths and the lead in the paint slowly poisoned them.
This is one of the images that I have made available at Le Cheval Nouveau as a greeting card or postcard.