Our Horses Need Water

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Our Horses Need Water

The Wilbur-Cruce horses trace back to stock purchased from Father Kino’s Mission Dolores in Sonora, Mexico by Dr. Rubin Wilbur for his ranch in southern Arizona. Over a hundred and fifty years later, The Nature Conservancy purchased the historic Wilbur-Cruce ranch to add to the existing Buenos Ari... Read More

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The Wilbur-Cruce horses trace back to stock purchased from Father Kino’s Mission Dolores in Sonora, Mexico by Dr. Rubin Wilbur for his ranch in southern Arizona. Over a hundred and fifty years later, The Nature Conservancy purchased the historic Wilbur-Cruce ranch to add to the existing Buenos Aries Wilderness Preserve and required the Wilbur-Cruce family horses be removed.

.Descended from the original Spanish stock brought during the period of exploration and colonization of the New World, the Wilbur-Cruce horses are unique equines with rare and irreplaceable genetics in need of preservation.

In 1990, our ranch became the stewards, caretakers, and breeders of this special herd. Because of their contained isolation on the Wilbur-Cruce ranch, these horses are unlike any others on the earth – the last pure examples of original Spanish horses brought to explore the New World. These are the same type of horses that also worked in the Missions and helped to develop ranches in Alta California, Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

As well as icons of history, our horses are educators and ambassadors of our Colonial Heritage and have provided empowerment and healing through our Equine Assisted learning/therapy programs.

The Heritage Discovery Center, Inc. and Rancho del Sueno have provided and cared for the Wilbur-Cruce horses for over 32 years. However, due to these difficult economic times, along with the pandemic and a sharp decrease in donations, we have run out of funding.

We desperately need your help . . . The pump and pressure tank that distributes water from the well to the horses and the ranch is failing and must be replaced. This equipment is over 30 years old and needs to be replaced immediately. There is little to no water pressure, placing the horses and ranch at extreme risk, especially during fire season and the ongoing drought. This situation is further complicated by the skyrocketing cost of hay/feed and its transportation. If we have a fire we must have the water to stand and fight. We are not able to evacuate the horses. The holding tank and pump are the key to all of our water resources for the ranch. We have had 5 fires in the area this week...the OAK /Yosemite fire is only 40 miles above us.

I encourage you to care about our horses and our mission to bring California’s heritage to thousands of people every year.

We know you are asked to donate to many worthy causes every year, but I hope you will find it in your heart to provide a contribution that will help save our historic Wilbur-Cruce Colonial Spanish horses and ensure they continue in their much-needed roles as ambassadors, healers, and teachers to those in need.

Please send your tax-deductible contribution today to help us. All gifts help us provide the essential things we need for the horses. We also appreciate designated support for veterinary and farrier care of the horses. ALL funds received go ONLY to the horses. You can also SPONSOR a horse of your choice.  

 


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badge Our Horses Need Water

$421 of $5,000

raised from 7 people

Our Horses Need Water

Robin Collins, on behalf of

Heritage Discovery Center, Inc

We desperately need your help . . . The pump and pressure tank that distributes water from the well to the horses and the ranch is failing and must be replaced. This equipment is over 30 years old and needs to be replaced immediately. There is little to no water pressure, placing the horses and ranch at extreme risk, especially during fire season and the ongoing drought. This situation is further complicated by the skyrocketing cost of hay/feed and its transportation.

Robin Collins

Robin Collins legendary career as a horsewoman began with the fabled Jimmy Williams in Flintridge, CA, and continued as an international hunter-jumper trainer with husband Richard Keller. In 1990, Robin became a primary conservator of the Wilbur-Cruce Spanish Horses and formed the non-profit HDC.

Madera, California

Recent Donations

  • $21.00

    Hobie G

    19 days ago

  • $200.00

    Brian Sexton

    January 30,2020

  • $25.00

    Karen Chillcott

    January 28,2020

    I am hoping if people check the link and see I donated, they will too. Sending prayers for you and the horses!

  • $10.00

    Anonymous

    January 27,2020

    Friend of Rhonda Morgan

  • $10.00

    Tommi Barnes

    January 26,2020

  • $150.00

    Cara Drouin

    January 23,2020

    from the Gotland ponies

  • $5.00

    Hobie G.

    January 18,2020

    For the horses

Our Horses Need Water

badge Our Horses Need Water

$421 of $5,000

raised from 7 people

Our Horses Need Water

Robin Collins, on behalf of

Heritage Discovery Center, Inc

We desperately need your help . . . The pump and pressure tank that distributes water from the well to the horses and the ranch is failing and must be replaced. This equipment is over 30 years old and needs to be replaced immediately. There is little to no water pressure, placing the horses and ranch at extreme risk, especially during fire season and the ongoing drought. This situation is further complicated by the skyrocketing cost of hay/feed and its transportation.

Robin Collins

Robin Collins legendary career as a horsewoman began with the fabled Jimmy Williams in Flintridge, CA, and continued as an international hunter-jumper trainer with husband Richard Keller. In 1990, Robin became a primary conservator of the Wilbur-Cruce Spanish Horses and formed the non-profit HDC.

Madera, California

Recent Donations

  • $21.00

    Hobie G

    19 days ago

  • $200.00

    Brian Sexton

    January 30,2020

  • $25.00

    Karen Chillcott

    January 28,2020

    I am hoping if people check the link and see I donated, they will too. Sending prayers for you and the horses!

  • $10.00

    Anonymous

    January 27,2020

    Friend of Rhonda Morgan

  • $10.00

    Tommi Barnes

    January 26,2020

  • $150.00

    Cara Drouin

    January 23,2020

    from the Gotland ponies

  • $5.00

    Hobie G.

    January 18,2020

    For the horses

Our Horses Need Water

The Wilbur-Cruce horses trace back to stock purchased from Father Kino’s Mission Dolores in Sonora, Mexico by Dr. Rubin Wilbur for his ranch in southern Arizona. Over a hundred and fifty years later, The Nature Conservancy purchased the historic Wilbur-Cruce ranch to add to the existing Buenos Ari... Read More

Youhelp Share

Campaign URL:


The Wilbur-Cruce horses trace back to stock purchased from Father Kino’s Mission Dolores in Sonora, Mexico by Dr. Rubin Wilbur for his ranch in southern Arizona. Over a hundred and fifty years later, The Nature Conservancy purchased the historic Wilbur-Cruce ranch to add to the existing Buenos Aries Wilderness Preserve and required the Wilbur-Cruce family horses be removed.

.Descended from the original Spanish stock brought during the period of exploration and colonization of the New World, the Wilbur-Cruce horses are unique equines with rare and irreplaceable genetics in need of preservation.

In 1990, our ranch became the stewards, caretakers, and breeders of this special herd. Because of their contained isolation on the Wilbur-Cruce ranch, these horses are unlike any others on the earth – the last pure examples of original Spanish horses brought to explore the New World. These are the same type of horses that also worked in the Missions and helped to develop ranches in Alta California, Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.

As well as icons of history, our horses are educators and ambassadors of our Colonial Heritage and have provided empowerment and healing through our Equine Assisted learning/therapy programs.

The Heritage Discovery Center, Inc. and Rancho del Sueno have provided and cared for the Wilbur-Cruce horses for over 32 years. However, due to these difficult economic times, along with the pandemic and a sharp decrease in donations, we have run out of funding.

We desperately need your help . . . The pump and pressure tank that distributes water from the well to the horses and the ranch is failing and must be replaced. This equipment is over 30 years old and needs to be replaced immediately. There is little to no water pressure, placing the horses and ranch at extreme risk, especially during fire season and the ongoing drought. This situation is further complicated by the skyrocketing cost of hay/feed and its transportation. If we have a fire we must have the water to stand and fight. We are not able to evacuate the horses. The holding tank and pump are the key to all of our water resources for the ranch. We have had 5 fires in the area this week...the OAK /Yosemite fire is only 40 miles above us.

I encourage you to care about our horses and our mission to bring California’s heritage to thousands of people every year.

We know you are asked to donate to many worthy causes every year, but I hope you will find it in your heart to provide a contribution that will help save our historic Wilbur-Cruce Colonial Spanish horses and ensure they continue in their much-needed roles as ambassadors, healers, and teachers to those in need.

Please send your tax-deductible contribution today to help us. All gifts help us provide the essential things we need for the horses. We also appreciate designated support for veterinary and farrier care of the horses. ALL funds received go ONLY to the horses. You can also SPONSOR a horse of your choice.  

 


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