There may be a couple spots open!
The following is a message sent to registered participants:
Thank you for your participation;
We appreciate everyone’s interest and if the scheduling was not convenient this time around we hope to do this again in the near future. There are several reasons why we want to do this. First, we wanted to give our supporters a first-hand exposure to what it is like working on the ground in New Jersey, secondly we also have been thinking of putting together a Rescue Tech certification program and this could be a first step and lastly we wanted to be a resource for others who are thinking of starting a rescue so they can experience what all the elements that are needed to be successful.
The SBR team for the weekend will be Nealia McCracken, Pat Johnson, Anne Butler, Doug Engel, Sharon Ellingwood and myself. There is a $100 daily fee for Saturday and Sunday for a total of $200. We hope as many people as possible can stay on Monday for the trip to New Holland. There is no fee for that day. The fees are a donation to SBR. We had asked people interested in this weekend to make a $50 deposit on PayPal towards their fees as a registration. If you have not done so just let us know asap. If you can only attend a portion of the weekend we can work that out. We will provide a continental breakfast at the barn each morning and lunches (pizza or deli sandwiches) in the barn on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday evening we plan on going to dinner at the Walpack Inn with the group. Saturday night everyone is responsible for their dinner. The menu is available on their website. http://www.walpackinn.com/
On Monday everyone is on their own. There is food service and vendors available at the New Holland sale.
We hope everyone is trying to make it to New Jersey on Friday so we can have a good start on Saturday morning. If anyone needs help with a hotel or needs to be picked up at their hotel please let us know. We are 20-30 minutes away from most hotels. We will provide you with directions as needed. We will ask everyone to sign our new Release Statement while at the barn and working around the horses. If you ride please come prepared to do that. That is your option though. There is plenty of ground work to do this weekend. Do not worry about bringing saddles with you.
We plan on working all day Saturday and Sunday. There may be team work. You will be learning to care for and evaluate the rescues. Your team may also be asked to do a video to be placed on the website. Your team will have to figure out how best to do the video, what needs to be posted about your horse after your team has completed its evaluation and what would be the best adoption match for your horse. On Sunday we will also be getting ready to go to the sale on Monday. On auction days we need to plan to leave by around 8 am. It’s almost a 3 hour trip. Nealia and Pat will show you their drill of what they do at the sale, work with the vet, scout out the horses, etc. The sale is usually over no later than 2pm and maybe earlier. We leave as soon as we have the health papers and coggins for the purchased horses. Usually we are home sometime between 5pm and 7pm. If you have Monday evening flights please let us know your schedules so we can plan on needed transportation. We will have enough drivers to get everyone to and back from the sale. Those with cars can just caravan along with us.
During the weekend, between activities and at Saturday dinner we can talk about how we developed our Mission Statement, how we fundraise and budget, the importance of GFAS, our standards to communicate with other groups in the horse industry, accounting and legal aspects, etc. Please also let us know what you want to know and learn. If there is anything in particular of interest to you please send us an email ahead of the weekend.
The horses are looking forward to seeing you soon.
Mark L. McCracken
Saddlebred Rescue Inc
908 605 6032