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FRIDAY FOCUS - Freedom Hill Horse Rescue

Horses are majestic and beautiful animals! The Freedom Hill Horse Rescue is dedicated to rescuing horses from neglect, abuse, abandonment and slaughter. They work to restore respectful horsemanship, the heritage of the horse and educate the community about horses and proper care. If you have a love for horses, make an appointment to visit Freedom Hill Horse Rescue and meet the sassy and sweet horses they have on board. In this week’s Friday Focus we caught up with Lori Harrington, President/Treasurer of Freedom Hill Horse Rescue and learned about their horsetastic events they have coming up!

Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
Freedom Hill Horse Rescue is a 501(c) 3 non-profit rescue organization located in Owings, MD.  We are dedicated to rescuing horses from neglect, abuse, abandonment and slaughter.  We provide a safe haven for healing and rehabilitation while giving our horses a job in our educational and equine-assisted learning programs.
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?
There are so many things but I think my favorite is the number of women the horses have helped to regain confidence in themselves or overcome obstacles in their lives.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
Our biggest challenge is meeting the needs of the horses in the community that are given up.  We try to take as many as we can.  We also work with owners who need to give up their horses by finding them a home with another family.  Horses are a long-term commitment.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
April 28, 10am – 2pm, Around the World with Horses for the Annual Help A Horse Day (ASPCA). Families can come by to receive a passport and have it stamped as they meet all of the horses.  We will have demonstrations, horse rides, a photo booth, fun and games.  Tickets are $10, 12 and under are free.  Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/around-the-world-with-horses-tickets-43555345210.
June 9, 1-7pm, Spirits & Steeds, A Wine/Beer Festival for Horses.  We do not have a site created yet (working on it) but will offer food, craft and other vendors, live bands, beer and wine tastings from breweries and wineries around the area.  We will also have silent auction items and a raffle.  21 and over, id checked at gate. Tickets will be $50 for Beer/Wine Vendors, $25 for other vendors.  General Admission $25, Designated Driver $20.  Advertising opportunities also available.  Hopefully our biggest fundraiser of the year.
November 17, 10am-3pm, Portraits with Horses, the public is invited to have their picture taken with a horse of their choice.  They will receive 2 professional portraits to use for their holiday cards.  We will have craft vendors and food.
All of our events are located at Hampton Plantation, 7940 N Flint Hill Rd., Owings, MD
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
We have an orientation and training class the first Saturday of each month from 1-3pm.  The next 2 are Saturday, March 3 and Saturday, April 7.  Or they can contact us at freedom.hill.org@gmail.com to arrange a tour, visit our website at www.freedomhillhorserescue.com, or Facebook at www.facebook.com/FreeToLiveAgain