Gimme Shelter: Trainers’ Rally for Rescues 2018

The Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds
3237 Rodeo Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87502

Professional trainers have volunteered their time and talents to take a rescue horse into training for 100 days. None of the horses had been ridden before. The trainers will be exhibiting the horses at our 5th Annual Gimme Shelter Event, and the horses will be available for adoption.

Bring family, friends and neighbors—this event is FREE to the public.

Friday from 4—6.30 pm judging of Conditioning & In Hand and “Talk to the Trainers” (no vending on site.)

Saturday kicks off at 10 am with Riding Obstacles & Dry Work.

Freestyle at 12 pm.

You will have the opportunity to visit with trainers & horses at 1 pm, followed by our adoption-based auction of the participating horses. (Pre-bidding is available if you cannot attend.)

Food, shaved ice and merchandise vendors onsite. NO DOGS ALLOWED!

July 20 & 21, 2018

  • Bria

    Mare, 4 YEARS OLD, 14 Hands, Grade, Sorrel & White Pinto

    Trained By

    Training Progress

    April 21 update: Bria is settling in nicely!

    Bria is a sorrel & white pinto mare that stands 14hh. She has developed a great deal both mentally and physically in the past year. She is now a much more confident horse and requires very light cues—the softer the cue the quieter she responds.

  • Garth

    Gelding, 3 YEARS OLD, 14 hh, Grade, Dark Brown

    Trained By

    Sponsored By

    Nancy Langford

    Training Progress

    May 21 update:  Garth is moving along well. He takes his time to understand everything but once he gets it he seems like he has it. I have been moving slow this year so Garth could be further along but he is learning well.

    Garth is a  grulla gelding who can still have his playful days. He has had a lot of handling and catches on quickly. He is a willing and curious partner.

  • Hopi

    Mare, 6 YEARS OLD, 15+ hh, Grade, Sorrel

    Trained By

    Training Progress

    May 15 update: Hopi is doing nothing but progressing with her training and attitude.  She is smart and very willing to try.  Despite having good energy, she is well behaved in new locations and isn’t easily worked up.  She is very easy to catch and loves being around people.  We are working on advancing our riding and obtaining very solid ground work.  The perfect fit for Hopi would be someone who is both confident and light.  She would do much better with someone who knows horses well due to her sensitivity, young age and energy.  She is very curious and would thrive in an area where she has room to move around and has plenty of mental engagement.  Overall, Hopi is a great horse that is willing to please and easy to teach.  I am very excited to see how her training continues! Anyone interested in her is welcome to contact me and schedule a time to come out and meet her!

    April 21 update: Here are some pictures of Hopi and a short little update! Hopi and I are kinda taking a little more of a liberty start-up approach just to try something new, so that’s why she hasn’t been saddled or bridled; its not due to any issues.

    “We have reached our two week mark, and Hopi is coming along very well so far.  She is athletic, smart and easy to work with.  She has a lot of energy but is not too flighty.  She is very sensitive and will require someone who is light and gives immediate releases. So far, we have worked on mastering her body control on the ground and have started to translate this onto her back.  She has not been saddled or bridled yet but will be soon.”

    Hopi is a sorrel mare that stands 15+hh. She is another one that has matured mentally and physically over the past year. She is ready for and willing to do a job. Hopi is smart and wants to please especially once she gets to know you.

  • Jackson

    Gelding, 3 YEARS OLD, Grade, Bay

    Trained By

    Sponsored By

    John Haupert & Bryan Brooks

    Training Progress

    May 15 update: When I first got Jackson five weeks ago, he was extremely mouthy. We called him the piranha! Now, although he still nibbles when he gets anxious, this habit is mostly gone. He is only three years old, and has trouble focusing for prolonged periods of time. We are working on this, and he is getting better. He hates his ears being touched but is improving. Because of this, we have not started riding him with a bridle. He is learning to direct off of a halter and leg. I think that Jackson still has some confidence to build but it is coming, and I expect him to continue improving on all fronts!

    April 23, 2018 update:

    Jackson is curious, willing and gentle.  He has accepted the saddle nicely and loves the bit – something to play with, I believe.  He’s not so sure about long lining and is getting used to accepting direction.  He loves baths and being groomed.  He enjoys stealing things from my pocket, helps get his lead rope (doesn’t like to give it back) and, in general, puts everything in his mouth.   I plan to introduce him to trail through ponying over the next couple of days.

    Jackson is a bay gelding and has had some joint issues with growing too fast. He will not be able to be pushed hard physically or be fed any hot feed, including alfalfa. He will require straight grass hay. Jackson is another playful youngster that will require good boundaries as he can be nippy.

  • Kimi

    Mare, 5 YEARS OLD, Grade, Perlino

    Trained By

    Training Progress

    Kimi is a perlino mare. She came in with some halter training. She is very smart and willing and seems to enjoy class time. I would say Kimi is a bit quiet, but is coming along quickly.

  • Lina

    mare, 12 YEARS OLD, grade paint, black & white

    Trained By

    Training Progress

    Lina is a stout black & white pinto mare who also shows good breeding. Lina came in with Libby but was a bit more trusting from the beginning. She now will allow volunteers to groom her even when loose in her pen. She still has moments of being fearful but now recovers quickly. She is not aggressive and wants to be a trusting horse. Another one to win over and she will be a willing partner.

  • Reno

    gelding, 3 YEARS OLD, 14.1 hh, Grade, Black

    Trained By

    Sponsored By

    Kentucky Derby Team

    Training Progress

    Progress April 27: 

    I could not be more pleased with this young man and his progress. Reno has so much personality and willingness to try. He is very smart and really thinks through things and catches on to everything very quickly with such a nice quiet demeanor. He has also taken hauling to new places very well and remained very calm. I could not have picked a better horse this year. I am very pleased with him and excited to see how he progresses.

    Reno is a black gelding that came in as a stallion. He can be a bit pushy when in with other geldings but does very well being in his own pen next to mares or geldings. Reno is smart but can be a little on the dull side requiring a firmer request. Once he knows you mean business, and that you will follow through, he becomes a very willing partner.

  • Rosa

    Mare, 7 YEARS OLD, 14.3 Hands, Grade, Rose Gray

    Trained By

    Sponsored By

    Mary Rankovich

    Training Progress

    Progress May 15:  

    You have to earn Rosa’s trust.  Once you do and are able to reach into her personality, she is super intelligent, willing, quiet, and has easily accepted my training system.  She is a real pleasure to work with.

    Rosa is a pretty gray mare with good substance. She came in feral and was not easy to convince that people are okay. She has done better with one handler and has made tremendous progress in this area. Rosa is now tolerating a different person approaching and taking the lead rope to work with her. She will require patient and consistent training. I think once she trusts you and saddle work begins, she will improve a lot faster with riding.

  • Twiggy

    Mare, 5 YEARS OLD, 13.3 Hands, Quarter Horse Type, Bay

    Trained By

    Training Progress

    May 15, 2018 update:  After having Twiggy for ten days, I find her to be sweet and very smart. She was fine with me on her back from the beginning and is overall an easy going, non-spooky horse. Just to offer a quick anecdote: on the second day I had her, she was loose in the round pen. She went to roll and got all of her feet stuck through the bars. She realized she was stuck immediately and lay completely still. Alex and I went over to her to see if we could help, and she let us push all of her legs one at a time back through the fence before standing up. I was very impressed. She likes to think before she reacts, and I find this trait to be invaluable.

    At times, she can be a little sassy but this is more cute than dangerous and ends as soon as she understands what is being asked of her. She is progressing nicely and I am so excited to spend the next two months working with her!

    She will require regular trimming on her front hooves as she does toe in and this gets worse the longer her hooves are. She has not been lame, but may require a bit slower start and our vet suggests booting her up when being worked. Twiggy knows her groundwork and is more on the dull side.

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