continued Van Wie said the day wouldn’t have been such a success without the help of several volunteers, all of which are adoptive parents of CMVHR horses.
“We have a really great group of people who have made horses from our rescue family and they are the ones here supporting us,” said Van Wie. “We were thrilled to have a wonderful group of volunteers and adoptive parents with us for the celebration of our 10 anniversary. It was like a mini reunion.”
Renee Rockefeller adopted Silverado, a silver Arabian horse who was featured wearing a Santa Claus hat on the cover of the Valley News Dec. 17, 2011 edition, drove up from Albany for the event. Another volunteer was Melissa Godin from Saranac Lake.
Van Wie said one of her volunteers, Katie Motler, had embraced advocacy for animals after she adopted a horse, Popeye, from CMVHR nine years ago. Popeye is a grey appaloosa who Van Wie and Morzick rescued from slaughter. Popeye had arrived at the CMVHR malnourished and Motler was so inspired by the terrible story of her horse’s tragic past of abuse that she made him the subject of team project advocated for severe punishment for the cruelty and inhuman treatment of animals. The team created a short film that remains on the CMVHR’s website.
“Katie is now a college graduate and she is doing incredible things,” said Van Wie. “Our volunteer’s commitment to animal advocacy is what we strive to spread to other people.”
Van Wie said she was happy to celebrate the day with some of her volunteers who helped raise money for the facility like Joni, Nick and Chris Barcomb, who Van Wie said spearheaded the Lowe’s Heroes project at CMVHR three years ago. The rescues longest tenured volunteers, Melissa, Dominic and Frances Eisinger, starting when CMVHR opened, also attended the day. Frances was six years old when she first came to the rescue and was able to ride one of the horses at her first horse show and later bring it to camp with her said Van Wie.