Name: Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue
Address: 3448 County Road 4, Erie, CO 80516
Contact: Gloria Timmons email@example.com
1. Tell us about your business
Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue was born out of love for horses and heroes. Our mission is to help horses and heroes by offering a safe place for healing, developing a sense of purpose, and establishing meaningful connections between horses and humans. Our horses and programs rely on your support
2. When, why and how did you start your business?
It all started with two horses, Mariposa and Montez. We had begun searching for horses to buy for our daughters and the cost of horses was staggering, depending on the breed, age, level of training, and so on. Through our research, we happened upon a horse rescue organization. We don't know why it hadn't occurred to us there would be organizations seeking homes for horses just as there are for dogs and cats.
Our experience finding Montez and Mariposa opened our eyes to the world of horse rescue and the many horses in need of safe and loving homes. It also led us to the knowledge that hundreds and thousands of horses are being sent to slaughter every year. Many people don't realize this. According to the ASPCA, each year more than 100,000 American horses are trucked over the borders to Mexico and Canada to be slaughtered for human consumption in other countries. The slaughter pipeline is a nightmare for horses and as far from a humane process as you can get.
We decided that if we could help save horses in any way, we wanted to do it. Our goal is to intercept horses before they end up in the slaughter pipeline including horses surrendered by owners who can no longer care for them or horses at auction and in other at-risk situations. The horses in our care are provided love, training, rehabilitation (both physical and emotional), and later offered for adoption to a forever home or the opportunity to serve as support animals for visitors to the ranch. While we developed a plan for helping horses, we thought about our desire to help our heroes. As the family of a Navy veteran, one who was lucky to serve and return home unscathed, we have always sought a way to give back. We knew that our efforts to help and heal horses could also support veterans in need. What better way to help our heroes than through the powerful connection with horses? We knew first hand how healing spending time with horses could be. Allegiance Ranch and Equine Rescue was born out of our love and respect for horses and heroes, and was founded in April 2017.
3. Give us an example of a time you went above and beyond to provide good customer service.
We provide a safe and non-judgmental place for veterans, active military, first responders, and their families, to find release from every day challenges. We offer unstructured time with horses as well as a variety of programs to support our heroes. The programs we provide are offered at no charge to veterans, active duty military, first responders, their family members, and to Gold Star families. We provide outstanding “customer service” through our daily interactions with visitors, volunteers, and all who come to the ranch by providing a safe and welcoming space in which they can be true to themselves.
4. Tell us about a Chamber event you enjoyed and found memorable – and why.
We participated in and very much enjoyed the 2018 Country Christmas/Parade of Lights hosted by the Chamber. It was a wonderful and well-attended community event. Putting together an Allegiance Ranch float for the parade brought our Allegiance community together in a new and different way. It was memorable because of the warm welcome our float received and the joy we saw on everyone’s faces.
5. What’s something few people know about you or your business?
The ranch was formed by and is managed by our family of four. We rely on our wonderful community of volunteers to help keep the ranch running and the rescue horses healthy and cared for. There are no paid positions at Allegiance Ranch. We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteer community.
6. How has joining the Chamber benefited you?
It has provided a wonderful resource and network for us, as we were brand new to Erie when we first joined the Chamber in 2017. We have been focused on getting the ranch up and running, and now we can provide more focus on working with our Chamber partners.
7. What have you discovered about Erie that pleasantly surprised you?
Erie is a wonderful community for families and you can find just about anything you need right in Erie. It’s been a pleasant surprise all around and we’re happy to be a part of it.