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1968

 

A dream of a horse, 17 turtles, 5 dogs, 4 cats, 3 fish, 2 mice, 1 rabbit, 1 bird, a frog and a hamster started it all...

2016

 

A horse who has been with us for 26 years turned 38! We celebrated the birthday of 4 horses who turned 31. All have been with us over 16 years: one, all 31 years, another 29, and another 25 years. One of our mares made it to age 32. One mare is now 30; still sound and ridable. She has been with us since she was 4 Our eldest rescue cat is now 17 and has been with us for 16 years. We saved 2 pregnant kittens and 12 babies. A new mules and rescue dog has come to stay.

 

- Accepted as a member in the Williston Chamber of Commerce; Williston, Florida

2015

 

One of our FEI geldings celebrated his 32nd birthday. He was with us 14 years. Two of our dogs reached their 12th birthdays; both with us for 11 years.

 2014

 

The Champion Amateur Owner Hunter, Goodnight, was donated to find a new career. We saved a family of 18 neglected animals.

2012

 

One of our mares reached her 32nd birthday. One of our geldings reached his 33rd birthday; he met us in 1997.

 

- Formed 6 member auxiliary board; this non voting board is for research and advisory.

2010

 

- Formalized officers; became 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity.

 

- By 2010 we had cared for over 80 of our own horses with close to 80% becoming champions in the show ring; dozens making it into their 30s, still sound. Several hundred more came in as training, performance or sale horses many of whom we guided into impressive careers; including: Insilco Dressage Award, qualifying for American Quarter Horse World, Friends of Sound Horses National Show, Arabian Regional Finals, 4-H State, United States Pony Club Rally among others.

 

- Over 60 cats have been in our care. More than a third lived past age 16.

Of the 50 dogs who moved in, 18 were coy-dogs (coyote crosses). Forty-two pet mice and a snake (who did not eat those mice) spent their entire lives with us. Thirty-seven fish,14 birds, 12 chickens, 8 ducks, 6 goats, 4 sheep, 2 emu, 2 roosters, 2 donkeys, 2 mules and a llama helped us on our way to beginning the non-profit.

2009

 

 - Lynn S. Peck, DVM, Gainesville, Florida accepted the position of Veterinary Advisor.

 

- Laurie L. Wolf, DeLania Lockliear, and Polly McMillan established the groundwork for the non-profit animal sanctuary, Equestrian Spirits, Inc.

2008

 

- Laurie L. Wolf is one of four people who wrote the first Gaited Dressage Rule Book (FOSH), including the Florida Gaited Cracker Horse.

 

-The Paladin herd was formed.

2006-2007

 

- Olympian Imtiaz Anees, as well as his students and horses, were housed for the winter Event season.

 

- Sunshine Advocates for Sound Horses (SASH).

 

- Animal Bowen Clinic was hosted with Lynn S. Peck, DVM

2005

 

- We hosted the Independent Judges Seminar (IJA) for Friends of Sound Horses(FOSH).

 

- With Lynn S. Peck, DVM, we hosted the Animal Bowen Clinic, which was founded by Carol Bennett.

2004

 

- We hosted West-Fest celebration featuring cowboy poets and country bands including Waddie Mitchell, Sisters of the Silver Sage, Gary McMahan, Scott O'Malley and others.

 

- We hosted a Connemara riding tour of Ireland under Willie Leahy.

 

- Dressage, Jumper, Gaited, Open, Combined Training and Trail Trials in house show circuits began, and each ran for five years until stable closed.

 

- As part of our organization, we created and funded the following education programs:

 

  • Galloping Green Thumbs - gardening group dedicated to producing organic plants and herbs in a home environment.



  • Saddle Singers - group participation that enjoy sharing many different styles of music with horses.
  • Six-Legged Theatre - a theatre group dedicated to performing short skits with music and horses.
  • Music School - learning techniques of Kur, combining music with riding.
  • Healthy Horse - an educational course for natural health remedies.
  • Holistic Seminar - a week-long holistic course by Gerald Wessner, DVM.

2003

 

- Equestrian Spirits 4-H - founded ES horse club.

 

- We fully funded Paint 'n Ride Summer Camp for local teens; 27 children attend at no charge.

 

- We were granted the New Business Award with the Williston Chamber of Commerce.

 

- We started our own trap and re-home or release feral cat program.

 

- Mentor herd was formed.

 

- International working student program were initiated.

 

- Certification programs instated.

2000

 

- Amik Run, 189-acre farm with lovely pastures, indoor arena, and plenty of riding space, become our home.

 

 

 

 

1998

 

- Junior Olympic Invitational was founded and hosted JOI for teens.

1996

 

- Trained Dressage mare Cimmeron Fancy, who was personally trained by Laurie L. Wolf, participated in the International Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, where she earned three ribbons for her rider Sharon Konneman of the Australian Paralympic Team.

1990

 

- Judging Apprenticeship program began.

 

- Course and Test Design program began.

1986

 

- Horsemanship and HorseMasters courses was instated.

 1981

 

- We founded Centaur Farm, 30-acre farm to begin to create rehabilitation program for our "Centaurs."

 

 

- Centaur herd was formed. Centaur herd often share their lives with loyal volunteers or are being conditioned to possibly embark on a new career after being rehabilitated to a level of personal comfort. The honesty, bravery, perseverance and heart of these saddened animals continuously touch all who aspire to return them to a life they deserve. W.E. Henley’s Invictus has become our “Creed of the Centaurs” as it describes the amazing constitution of these survivors!

 

CREED OF THE CENTAURS

Invictus - W.E. Henley (1849-1902 Gloucester, England)

 

Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the Pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

 

 

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeoning of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

 

 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

 

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishment the scroll.

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

1980

 

- We Founded HorseMasters 4-H.

1979

 

- Centaur Dressage, Jumper and Prix Caprilli tests for schooling shows as well as leadline, walk, in-hand, gaited, driven, and others as format for advancement of novice horses and/or riders towards USDF competitions began.

 

- Walk Trot Test II was given to Col. Jack Kimball. He later offered it to USDF when they introduced their Walk/Trot Intro Tests into recognized shows.

1976

 

- Working student program was initiated.

 

- We established Brighton Farms and Hurry-Up Farm Hunter Show Circuits; and both ran many years in Southern Maryland.

 

- We established/judged Competitive Trail Rides in Southern Maryland and Florida.

1970

 

- We had our first horse- Amik.

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