About 5 years ago a very special woman came into our lives. Brenda was missing the time she had spent around horses and arrived at CHR for a volunteer interview. Our barn chore volunteer spots were full so she said she would do anything to help us out until space opened up. And, was she ever true to her word. She started out pulling weeds and helping with special events. Now Brenda is a volunteer shift leader. This hard working woman spends all day every Saturday taking care of the horses and the property, and assisting the staff in any way she can – ALWAYS with a smile on her face. She has seen many horses come and go over the years but her favorite is Fyre. Brenda enjoys being a voice for the horses who have struggled and appreciates all that they have to offer. “They teach us strength, confidence and loyalty.”
In 2015, her daughter, Jess, started helping out with special events and then became a weekly volunteer in 2016. They now work together on Saturdays (which they refer to as their therapy day) and are quite the “dynamic duo.” We found out quickly that a strong worth ethic and a positive attitude definitely run in the family. Jess’ all time favorite horse was Hope (who was adopted in 2016.) She recently shared how this sweet mare changed her life. “Hope was the first horse who opened her heart to me, which showed me that I can open my heart and trust again.”
They both believe that, “We help the horses and they help us too!” We are so fortunate to have both of these lovely ladies as part of the CHR family.
Jess (left) and Brenda (right) are pictured with CHR horse, Trouble.