WOW! May was another super happening month for PND! We launched the PND logo pads, got some incredibly awesome and talented PND brand ambassadors, and are looking ahead to introducing apparel to the mix! More importantly, this months charity donation is really awesome and inspired by a great friend of mine. This months proceeds have been donated to Wild Horse Rescue Center located locally in Mims, Florida.
Emily, my friend with the greatest southern accent you'll ever hear, did what most of us riders wouldn't even think to do... She loaded up her trailer in 2016 and got herself a WILD Mustang that she would compete in the 2016 Extreme Mustang Makeover just 90 days later. Let me repeat, a WILD Mustang that had been sitting in a holding pen since 2012. Kadema (hebrew for "moving forward"), a 5 year old Mustang captured in New Mexico, sat for years until Emily's arrival with no human interaction other than watching her daily hay feeding get thrown over the pen. Yes, when you commit to the Extreme Mustang Makeover, you only have 90 days to make this horse show ready... If anyone can make that deadline its Emily.
With some good 'ole TLC and a load of patience, Kadema was swift on her way to having a saddle on her back just days after she got to her new digs. I remember meeting Kadema shortly after Em started riding her and I was surprised at how calm and willing she was under saddle. Anyway, fast forward to 90 days into her training where she was ready and on her way to the 2016 Extreme Mustang Makeover competition! Emily and this little mare placed 7th in the Mustang Maneuver Class and 11th overall out of 31 trainers/competitors. Pretty incredible if you ask me... (see pics below)
So, what does this have to do with Wild Horse Rescue Center? Wild Horse Rescue Center located in Mims, FL and founded in 2000 by Diane Delano, is a local organization that deals specifically with the rescue and welfare of America's wild Mustangs. Their facility on 40 acres, is dedicated to rehabilitating and training abused and neglected Mustangs whom upon successful retraining can be adopted to their forever homes. WHRC relies on volunteers to keep their operation moving forward and even have a facility where they welcome international volunteers to stay. America's wild Mustang population is dwindling down to almost nothing, with things like the Extreme Mustang Makeover and organizations like WHRC, it goes to show you that these horses are tamable and can lead productive lives in the hands of loving equestrians. If you should have the time, drive, and patience check out www.extrememustangmakeover.com and to www.wildhorserescuecenter.org to learn more about the fabulous work they are doing to rescue and rehabilitate America's Mustangs.
All the best,
I am so excited to announce that we have started our PND Ambassador Program. Unlike your typical ambassador program, our ambassador's are passionate and proactive about spreading the word about Equine Rescue Organizations and the ethical treatment of horses. PND is welcoming riders of all levels (or anyone interested) who share that passion and are willing to start the conversation via social media. All of our ambassador's will receive an exclusive coupon code for all of their personal purchases, social media spotlights, and a complimentary PND Saddle Pad. To apply, please visit our Ambassador Application Form!
April was another exciting month for PND! Park North sponsored a division at the local GOHJA show and we were able to make progress with the development of some other exciting pieces for the brand. PND was also featured in The Small Town Equestrian Blog (I will post the link in a separate post)! However, most importantly we were able to make a feed donation to Faith Equine Rescue that is based in Lakeland, Florida.
Faith Equine Rescue is operated by a family passionate about the rehabilitation of neglected horses. When you visit their website and click on the donate tab, you'll notice that they have a "Worst Cases" link that has a warning outlining that the images displayed may be distressing to some. Of course, I had to click on it because this is not only the most heart breaking part of what these great operations do but they also (usually) have very happy endings with amazing transformations. The pictures are quite disturbing, horses of skin and bones are displayed. Literally, nothing but skin and bones!
As they mention, it is not easy bringing a horse back and re-introducing them to quality feed. As any horse person knows, their stomach's are already finicky enough! It takes constant monitoring and meticulous care to ensure the horses make a smooth transition back to health. While the "before" images are heartbreaking, Faith's also displays their "after" images as shiny, plump, healthy horses. Even some that have been adopted to their forever homes! This is what drives the PND movement, just seeing the time, effort, love, and of course money that people put into saving the animals that we love so much. Be sure to check out Faith's for more information about the work they do!