2005-2006 ESS News and Events
September 2006: ESS is now officially a 501(c)(3) approved organization!
The application for non-profit status for ESS was granted. For the summer months, we have not been doing a lot as far as ESS fundraising and activities, as we wanted to get the non-profit status in place. This was granted by the IRS in September, and is retroactive to the date of incorporation (August 17, 2005). Now we are seriously looking for property to lease or purchase, or that may be available for donation to use as a permanent location for the sanctuary. We will be doing more fundraising in 2007 and begin seeking grants and large donations so that the sanctuary can become a reality. Ideally, we will find a suitable in the Taos area and work towards building our programs for horses and for people. In the meantime, we will continue to do as we've done the past several months - assist with rescues whenever possible and help out horses and people as we can.
Article on The Plight of Unwanted Horses

An article by Ruth is printed in the Winter 2005 issue of Petroglyphs, New Mexico's award winning plubication for animal lovers. The publication is available at many area pet stores, animal shelters, feed stores, etc. You can also download a pdf copy from their website: PETroglyphsNM. For more information on this subject, click here: Unwanted Horses

Festival of Wreaths and Trees - December 2, 2005

The annual Festival of Wreaths and Trees took place December 2 at the Fechin Inn. The benefit was for local not-for-profit organizations, organized by the Taos Community Foundation, the Taos Chamber of Commerce, the Fechin Inn, The Taos News, and Wal-Mart. Local businesses sponsored a tree or wreath by purchasing an ad in the special program for the festival and designated a local not-for-profit group to benefit from the silent auction of their tree.
ESS three trees, sponsored by Taos Rose, The Taos News and the Santa Fe New Mexican, were decorated Nov. 26 by Ruth, Debbie and several volunteers who brought wonderful ornaments, all horse-related. The beautifully decorated trees each brought nice bids and lots of interest, especially from the children who were at the event.

November 2005 Newsletter - click here for PDF version.

Horse Handling and Groundwork Clinic - October 30, 2005
The first in a series of educational workshops for horse owners and anyone interested in learning about horses was held Oct. 30 at the Taos Equestrian Center. The clinic was taught by Dr. Bessie Babits from Thal Equine, based in Taos. Dr. Babits is on the Advisory Board of ESS. It was another wonderful day, with a good turnout for the clinic and several lovely horses to work with. A big thanks to Katherine Pettus of Taos Equestrian Center for the use of her arena for the clinic.
The Equine Spirit Sanctuary - For Horses and People!