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Historic Simonton Home Tour to Help Rescue Horses, Statesville, NC April 9, 2011

STATESVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA Historic Simonton Place Home Tour
April 9, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saturday April 9th, 2011
2030 Simonton Rd. Statesville 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
This is a rare opportunity to tour the Pre-Revolutionary Simonton Place, one of the oldest homesteads in Iredell County and site of one of the first county courthouses and jail.

There will be a Home Tour with History of Simonton Family and the home.  All Proceeds to Benefit The United States Equine Rescue League of the Central Piedmont of NC (www.userl.org).  Included in the tour are a Barn Tour, Butter Churning Demonstrations, Spinning Demonstrations, Tea Service, Equine Massage/Chiropractic Demos.  There will also be an opportunity to Meet the Rescue Horses! Concessions will be available.  For more information call 704-872-3388 or visit www.userlcpnc.org.

Advance Ticket Price $10 Adults and $5 Seniors (60+) and $5 Kids (-12).  To purchase tickets, call 704-872-3388.  Admission at the door is $12 Adults, $6 Seniors (60+), and $6 Kids (-12)

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Background Info on Diamonds in the Rough Horse Rescue

By Diane Walsh

I volunteer at a non-profit 501C horse rescue/rehab/retirement facility down here in St. Augustine, FL.  We are the only such organization in our region and are currently home to 13 horses at different levels of rehabilitation. We are also home to a very famous mare, Awaiting Justice, who is the great grand-daughter of the Triple Crown Winner, Secretariat!  Why is she so famous? As a filly, she was owned by Garrett Redmond of Kentucky, who legally sought the right to name her Sally Hemmings after Thomas Jefferson’s famous slave and reputed lover. Redmond made international headlines when he sued The Jockey Club for that right but lost the suit. Awaiting Justice went on to race at Churchill Downs, but was eventually sold by Mr. Redmond, sold again and then again until she ended up at a horse boarding facility in St. Augustine area. A boarder at the facility did not want to go to the trouble of shipping her (Awaiting Justice) back home, so the mare was sold to the students for about $1.00, left at the boarding facility.

Last year, Marie Matte, the founder of Diamonds in the Rough, received an urgent call from the mother of one of the students who had purchased the mare that she (the mare) was in an advanced state of starvation at the nearby boarding facility. Marie brought the mare back to the farm and provided her with the necessary medical attention, food, shelter and love she so richly deserved. Today, Serafina, as we’ve renamed her, is a happy, healthy and vibrant personality here at the farm. Another member of our farm is a descendant of War Admiral and Man o’ War! Celebrity lineage doesn’t get better than this in the world of horse rescue!

Diane Walsh

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The Record

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St. Augustine, FL 32086


Unwanted Horse Coalition Media Roundup

July 30, 2010 – Edition 11 – This Unwanted Horse Coalition news summary is provided as an educational service to those interested in the issue of the unwanted horse. The articles do not reflect the opinions of the Unwanted Horse Coalition or any of its employees. The listing of events does not constitute an endorsement of a particular event. If you see an article or event that may be appropriate for inclusion in Media Roundup, please e-mail it to ecaslin@horsecouncil.org.

1,600 Unwanted Horses Receive Spring Vaccinations
This spring the Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign (UHVRC) vaccinated 1,600 unwanted horses against critical equine diseases. Established in December 2008, UHVRC provides qualifying equine rescue and retirement facilities with complimentary equine vaccines for horses in their care. To date, more than 4,000 horses across the United States have received vaccines through the program.
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