Zipper is a very handsome Arabian/Morgan cross gelding who is 10 years old and stands at 14.3 hands. He came to us as an owner surrender after living his whole life on the same farm he was born on. Th…

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Sadie is a beautiful five year old who is 14.1 hands. Our trainer is working with her regularly and she is making progress every day. She picks up all four feet and is good for the Farrier and Veterin…

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*Adoption Pending* Tess is a 4 year old mare who arrived in January of 2018. She stands about 14 hands tall. She is just starting her training and is coming along quickly. She is very smart and level …

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Sheila is a very experienced and easy going horse who is 14.2 hands and approximately 14 years old. She seems to have training in the Western ring but she seems much happier doing trails than ring wor…

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India (Indy)

India (indy) came to us as a scared and completely unhandled yearling filly who we saved from slaughter in February 2017. Now at 2 1/2 she stands almost 14 hands. She has come a long way and absolutel…

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Luna is a 16 year old beautiful flea bitten grey quarter horse mare. She has a very sweet personality and loves to stand to be groomed. She is good for the vet and Farrier and great with other horses.…

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Missy is a 19 year old Thoroughbred mare who had a brief racing career. She came to us as an owner surrender about 2 years ago. Missy is available as a companion horse and gets along well in a herd…

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Success Stories


Montauk arrived at The Dorset Equine Rescue in December of 2017 after his owner unexpectedly passed away. He quickly bonded with another horse that had already been with us for a couple of years named…

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Memphis arrived with his mother Apache in the summer of 2017. They were both owner surrenders. Memphis was adopted in March of 2018 along with his buddy Nipster. We are thrilled that he and his buddy …

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Twister was a local owner surrender who arrived with us in the summer of 2017. He wasn’t with us long before he was adopted. He is now a companion to Barney (now known as Lovebug) who was adopte…

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Apache is a very beautiful and gentle horse who arrived with when she was  18 years old as an owner surrender in the summer of 2017 along with her colt Memphis. She gave birth to Memphis on a trailer…

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We rescued Foster when we outbid a kill buyer at an auction in the spring of 2017. We also outbid a kill buyer for another horse at the same auction who we named Sheila. They were named in memory of a…

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Maggie arrived with us as a 6 year old with her son Nipster in the summer of 2017. They were both well cared for but were surrendered due to their owner having a serious illness. Maggie was adopted in…

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Nipster was a two year old when he arrived with us along with his mother Maggie as owner surrenders. They arrived in the summer of 2017. Nipster has a kind personality and loves attention. He was adop…

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Sally and Lucy

Sally and Lucy are an adorable mother and daughter pair of miniature donkeys. Sally is the mother and is the lighter colored donkey. She is five years old and Lucy is two years old. They were a local …

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Turtle was a local owner surrender who arrived with us in Spring of 2017. Even though he is blind in one eye, he was very trusting and was always willing to go out for a trail ride and be handled and …

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Orion is a beautiful 15.1 hand, 7 year old gelding who was slaughter-bound when rescued. He arrived with us in the winter of 2016/2017.  He has a young and lively personality. Orion has an old injury…

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Jaks is a 10 year old appendix gelding who was owned by a kill buyer and about to ship to slaughter and we pulled him. He has been with us since August 2016. He was very underweight when he came to us…

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Ferdinand is a thoroughbred gelding and arrived at DER in August of 2016 as a four year old. He had been raced several times and won a couple of races. When he stopped running as fast, he found himsel…

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Spirit is a Shetland pony who came to us through a local neglect case in March of 2016 with three others. He was a 6 year old feral stallion. We had him gelded right away. It’s taken a lot of work a…

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Barney was one of four neglected stallions who arrived with us in March of 2016. They were a local owner surrender and very feral. We had them gelded right away and trimmed their feet long feet while …

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We rescued Fred along with three other mini’s from a local neglect situation in 2016. All four were stallions and had foundered. Their hooves were very long and they were very afraid of people d…

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Manning was rescued when he was 6 years old from shipped to slaughter back in December 2015.  He was very sick with pneumonia and very underweight when he arrived at DER. But after a few visits from …

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Jack (shown right) and his mother Ruby were rescued in the spring with the help of Spring Hill Horse Rescue. They were full and asked if we had room to take them. They were trapped inside an old campe…

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Duke (left) and Daisy
Duke (left) was rescued along with his sister Daisy. The photo taken at his rescue (below) was taken in the spring of 2012. You can see how skinny he was by the bones on his face, even showing through…

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Daisy Success Story
Daisy (left) first came to us with her brother Duke from a neglect case in the spring of 2012. The “after” photo was taken about 6 months later (August 2012). She has come such a long way! She was…

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Bella in her new home
Bella was rescued in the early Summer of 2015 because she was owned by a kill buyer and was scheduled for slaughter.  Ten years old at the time of rescue, Bella was adopted in the fall and is doing…

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Ollie Success Story
Ollie was rescued in the early Summer of 2015 because he was owned by a kill buyer and was scheduled for slaughter.  Three years old at the time of rescue, Ollie was adopted in the fall and is doing …

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Sarge - Success Story
Sarge came to us in August 2014 from an auction in New York where he was bound for slaughter. He came to us very scared, due to him not having his full sight. After he was examined by the vet we learn…

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Coco Success Story
Coco was rescued in June of 2014 from a known kill-buyer in PA.  He is an 18 year old pony with a wonderfully sweet personality. He was adopted by a wonderful family in CT and is now called Spirit an…

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Walter in new home
March 2015 Update – Walter (above left) found his new forever home in Massachusetts where he lives with his new equine friend Ace! It was very hard to say goodbye but we know his new owner Rebecca…

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Champ came to DER in 2014 as a ten year old when we rescued him from slaughter. He was adopted into a perfect home in NH in 2017 where he lives with his two horse buddies.  

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Lorelei Success Story
Lorelei came to us in June, 2014 from a known kill buyer in PA. She was very underweight, was missing a lot of hair, and was having trouble eating (pocketing her food in her cheeks). After a full vet…

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Rain was rescued in August of 2015 at an auction where we outbid a “kill buyer” for her to prevent her from shipping to Canada for slaughter. She was only at our rescue for four short mont…

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Pike and his friend Violet were rescued soon after they both lost their mothers due to severe neglect. Violet was just two months old and very scared. Pike, being just a few months older, looked after…

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We rescued Violet in August of 2014 when she was two months old from a local cruelty case. She tragically lost her mother due to severe neglect. She was at The Dorset Equine Rescue for two years and h…

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Lady has been with us for a couple of years and we are very excited that she was finally been adopted in the spring of 2018. Her best buddy Montauk is also getting adopted along with her. We couldn’…

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Ireland came to us in the Spring of 2015 when she was three years old. She was in a kill pen and in danger of shipping to slaughter. Ireland was very ill when she came to us and clearly had an extreme…

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We outbid a kill buyer for Dixie in the summer of 2015 so she wouldn’t ship to slaughter. When we’re at an auction trying to decide which horses to save, it can be a very tough decision wh…

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Buttercup is a sweet and beautiful 15-year-old buckskin mare who we purchased in August of 2015 from a known kill buyer. She was literally standing on a scale getting weighed after the auction, about …

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Nash with Lorelei
Nash came to the rescue in June of 2014 after he was seized by animal control due to neglect and severe malnutrition.  He was about 400 pounds underweight and we are still working to increase his wei…

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Ruby and her foal Jack were rescued in the spring with the help of Spring Hill Horse Rescue. They were kept in a pop-up camper for nearly 6 months, completely neglected. Jack was just a new born when …

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Morgan was rescued from shipping to slaughter from NY in the fall of 2014. She’s was adopted in the summer of 2016 and lives with her new mom in southern VT.

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Upcoming Events

Register NOW for our second annual Ride for Rescue happening at Merck Forest and Farmland Center on September 22nd from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Admission is $45 and breakfast and lunch are included. There will be amazing first, second and third prizes for the participants who raise the most through sponsorships! The first prize is a two night stay at the beautiful Hill Farm Inn in Sunderland, VT, dinner for two at the Reluctant Panther Restaurant and two tickets to Hildene. The second and third prizes are still to be determined.  Merck Forest and Farmland Center is located at Route 315, Rupert, VT 05768.

Please note:

  • First prize will be given to the participant who raises the most in sponsorships with a minimum of $500 raised.
  • Second prize will be given to the participant who raises the second most in sponsorships with a minimum of $300 raised.
  • Third prize will go to the participant who raises the third highest amount with a minimum of $150.
1st Place Fundraising Prize Package

This AMAZING package is the 1st prize for the Ride For Rescue participant who raises the most in sponsorships! Thank you to Hill Farm Inn, Reluctant Panther and Hildene for donating this beautiful package.

Escape for two nights to Southern Vermont’s newest upscale inn and bed & breakfast. Choose your favorite luxury room or suite, relax on the porch or by the fire, and soak in the stunning valley views. Start each day with breakfast from scratch in Hill Farm’s cheerful dining room and end with a cozy cocktail from the inn’s Battenkill Pub. Save time to stroll the River Loop, explore the grounds, and greet our four-legged friends.

In the evening, discover the seasonal cuisine of Vermont Chamber Chef of the Year Sigal Rocklin at the Reluctant Panther Inn and Restaurant. Tucked on a side street in historic Manchester Village, the Panther offers one of the top-rated dining experiences in all of Vermont. Enjoy a warm, welcoming ambiance, craft cocktails, an award-winning wine list, and exceptional service.

The First Prize “Vermont Escape” Package Includes:

Two Nights Stay in a Luxury Room or Suite at Hill Farm Inn
Breakfast for two each morning
Dinner for two at the Reluctant Panther Inn & Restaurant
Admission for Two to Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home

Hill Farm Inn Lodging reservations are subject to availability and major holidays are excluded. Dinner for two at the Reluctant Panther may be booked on the evening of your choice. Alcoholic beverages, tax, and gratuity are not included.

2nd Place Fundraising Prize Package

The awesome 2nd place prize for the Ride For Rescue sponsorship challenge includes a one-night stay at the beautiful Barnstead Inn and a gift certificate for dinner for two at Gringo Jack’s Mexican Restaurant in Manchester Center. 

The Barnstead Inn is a leisurely stroll of two blocks from the bustling southern Vermont village of Manchester Center with its tempting shops and truly fine restaurants. There is no other lodging property more conveniently located, loaded with warmth, hospitality and Vermont charm. 

Gringo Jack’s Southwestern Bar & Grill is an easy stroll from the Barnstead where you can enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks!

Past Events

The 2018 Barnyard Ball was a great success!

Thank you to our 2018 Barnyard Ball Sponsors...

We are very grateful for your support! 

The Inn at Manchester (our hosts for the evening)

Vermont Summer Festival
Magic Meadows Farm
Mountain Media
The Bank of Bennington
Bartlett Tree Experts
Bennington Subaru
The Black Dog Foundation
Bradley’s Pro Shop
Brian & Erica Marthage
Cosmetic Laser Therapy
Equinox Valley Nursery
Finn and Stone Insurance
The Harrison Rush Group
Harvest Equipment
Manchester Arms
Manchester Power House
The McBride Company
Mettowee Mill Nursery
The Mountain Goat
Shop Taconic @ The Taconic Hotel
Stifel Nicolaus & Co

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