URGENT: 40 horses in Turlock CA at risk of slaughter.

This EYEWITNESS REPORT was published April 28 in Turlock, California, which is located in Stanislaus County.

Urgent action is needed to make sure that these horses do not ship to Mexico to slaughter as is reportedly the intention of their owner. Possession or shipment of horses for slaughter is a felony offence in the state of California according to California Penal Code Section 598 C. This law was approved by 55 percent of the voters in Stanislaus County!

To voice your opinion or to inquire as to any actions being taken to protect these horses please contact the office of Stanislaus County Sherriff at 209-525-7047, and the Stanislaus County District Attorney Ms. Birgit Fladager at 209-525-5550. THE HORSES THANK YOU!


Spring Adoption Preview

Spring is arriving slowly to Tehachapi this season, and it is taking a while for many of our new adoptable horses to shed their winter hair for their "glamor shots". Here is a preview of one of our new adoptables for 2011, Twoturntwo, as he enjoyed his turnout time. Twoturntwo is 4 year old 16 hand gelding by Old Topper out of Echoes of Love. He raced one time in January of 2010 and has since that time been rehabbing at Tranquility Farm. He has passed his final exray check and is now approved to train for dressage and pleasure riding. Twoturntwo is a very friendly and enthusiastic young horse that will be a pleasure to work with!


A Special Message To Adopters

Dear Adopters and Potential Adopters,

If you have just been to the feed store and came home to have a little cry, don't feel alone. This is a scary year for horse owners and horse lovers, and it is more important than ever for those of us who rescue and rehome horses to have the support of the horse community. No one, no matter how hard they try, can keep abreast of the rising cost of caring for multiple horses. For Tranquility Farm, timely adoptions are critical to our ability to help the horses, and we are caring for far too many wonderful adoption candidates who need your help to find homes!

And so, to give everyone some much needed cheer and inspiration, we would like to share a video of first-time horse owner Doug Johnson of Washington, and his rescued mare, Warren's Sassy Cat. Here is Doug's reward for compassion, faith, and the abiding knowledge that a Thoroughbred deserves so much better than to be treated as a running machine. ENJOY! If you are accessing this blog through the Tranquility Farm website you will have to enter "Sassy Leo Sayer Remix" when the YouTube search box comes up. Please visit Tranquility Farm soon for your new dancing partner!


Honoring I Love Silver

Tomorrow is the Grade I Santa Anita Derby and a good time to honor our retiree, I Love Silver, whose outstanding efforts in graded stakes company earned him great respect and affection from California race fans in the early years of the last decade. Silver ran head to head with Kona Gold, Point Given, Mizzen Mast and many of the stars of his day, and could always be counted on to give his best effort.

I Love Silver is the kind of horse that always seems to need an exclamation point at the end of his name. I LOVE SILVER! Doesn't that look better?

A foal of 1998 by Silver Ghost out of Lost Love, by Codex, I Love Silver raced 20 times in his accomplished career. His record is 20 Starts: 4 - 5 - 4, with earnings of $437,142. Trained by Dean Greenman, I Love Silver at at 3: Won Skywalker H. (SA)$75,000; 2nd San Felipe S. (G2); 3rd Santa Anita Derby (G1); Ancient Titel Breeders' Cup H. (G1); Malibu S. (G1), and at 4 ran 2nd Morvich H. (G3); 3rd Pat O'Brien H. (G2). Congratulations Silver Boy, at Tranquility Farm you are still a star.


In Memory of Marvin's Faith

Marvin's Faith (Ire)was euthanized yesterday at Tranquility Farm because of his declining health due to cancer. He was 20 years old. Marvin was a fabulous runner in his day, and raced 29 times with six wins including the Gr.2 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland where he established a new record for a mile and an eighth on the turf; the Gr.3 La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar; and the Gr. 3 Bay Meadows Derby.

Marvin was the kindest horse and he spent twelve years in happy retirement here at Tranquility Farm. Farewell old friend, you will be missed.