Lionel’s Beauty came to Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue program through the Edmond animal welfare division in July 2013.
The beautiful bay, thoroughbred mare, born in April 2008, is registered. Handlers describe her as a horse who is super sweet, very smart and loves attention. She loads in a trailer and stands for the farrier, a specialist in equine hoof care.
Eighteen Oklahoma horse “whispering” trainers are competing to settle a rescued untrained horse during the 3rd Annual Blaze’s Ride to the Rescue Trainers’ Challenge April 26. One of them is Lionel’s Beauty.
The horses, some just three years old, have already struggled through the hardships of extreme neglect and abuse and will now have an opportunity to demonstrate their inspiring spirit, said Natalee Cross, director of Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue.
“The Challenge is an event designed to showcase the skills of local equine trainers, while increasing the adaptability of previously untrained rescue horses,” Cross said.
On Jan. 11, area trainers will be given 30 minutes to observe and evaluate their potential equine partners for the competition, Cross said. The trainers’ names are then drawn from a hat to determine selection order, Cross said. Once the trainers have selected their horse, they have just 100 days to create a well-trained equine partner.
Trainers will reconvene at 10 a.m. April 26 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie with their horses to show what they have accomplished and compete for prizes including a $1,400 cash prize and trophy saddle. The opening ceremony will include the Oklahoma County Mounted Patrol leading the grand entry.
General admission tickets are available by donations at the door. Event tickets that include an awards banquet are $30.00 and must be pre-purchased by April 19 online.
Various prizes, vendor booths and children’s activities will add to a fun-filled day. In the end, everyone wins — all the newly trained horses will be available for adoption through Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue.
Fans can follow the progress of the horse-trainer teams or purchase tickets at Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue’s Facebook page.
Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue was established in 2001, when a large fire spread through parts of Guthrie. Family members evacuated — with their precious horses. As they crossed a wooden bridge, the floor of the horse trailer fell underneath Blaze. Her hind legs were badly injured. Her struggle with recovery inspired the family to begin Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue.
Caring for a rescued horse requires substantial yearly costs. All donations are tax deductible. Send donations via mail to: Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, 17667 Markita Drive, Jones 73049. To learn more about Blaze’s Tribute Equine Rescue, visit blazesequinerescue.com.
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