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Some of you may know that last year, around the time I joined HF, I also began volunteering for a local horse rescue, "HEART of Tucson (Happy Equine Acres Rehabilitation and Therapy)" which was founded by an incredible woman by the name of Judy Glore. She was, in addition to being the Founder, also the President of the all volunteer, all donation based organization.
Judy did incredible things and accomplished feats that were unimaginable for such a "small" (24-26 horse capacity farm) facility...not "just" rescuing the thrown away horses of Tucson, all of whom she managed to rehab, most she adopted out after an average of one year of therapy, including body weight being addressed from a standpoint individualized for each horse by an equine dietician; hooves and some unfathomable hoof-related diagnoses so intriguing as to bring the renowned vets and hoof-specialists from Rood and Riddle in Kentucky to work on them; tooth and jaw issues addressed by some of the best veterinary dentists in the area, and then finally, throughout this process from day one, she and her army of over thirty full-time volunteers and twenty more part timers such as myself, worked CONSTANTLY toward socializing these so damaged horses and showering them with love, appropriate, loving discipline, and showing them life holds a lot more than hard, grueling work, followed by abuse and neglect...much of what most of these cast-off equines had seen nothing more than for their whole lives.
Judy was also well-known for adopting as permanent HEART retirees, up to three or four very special ex-racehorses from across the country. She had two famous boys there with her...Dyna King, or "Gifted", who was the very famous Barbaro's full brother and had a racing career that was apparently followed by his being owned by people who did not know how to properly provide hoof care in particular for him, as I understand the situation. Well, he found his way to HEART and was to retire there. EVERYTHING POSSIBLE, including stem cell therapy by the vets of Rood and Riddle was attempted, until after three years, it became clear that his quality of life would not be restorable, and he was very humanely euthanized and is buried at HEART (the service for this LOVING, BEAUTIFUL horse was quite exquisite...he touched so many people throughout his time at HEART!)...
Another famous ex-racer is retired there, as well as a few with very impressive lines, who had only one start prior to being irreparably injured. Judy would accept any horse whom she believed she could, on any level, help-so long as she had the space. And, when she didn't, she turned to her many friends and neighbors to help with housing horses, and she'd send her volunteers there to feed appropriately, ensure help with veterinary and Farrier care, and love on daily, until she'd again have room at her ranch!
Well guys, after a nine month battle with a horrid cancer, one which caused an enormous tumor to grow right around her AORTA, as well as into a lung (both of which she had removed; the aortic tumor was cleanly removed and she lost one lung to the other...but she was fighting. With chemo and so much prayer it seems impossible, she RECOVERED, & was in remission for a short time, which is absolutely miraculous! She then however had a return of the dreaded cancer, and this time, the disease won. She passed away on Mother's Day, two days shy of her birthday...surrounded by her loving children and husband and best friend...A devout Christian, she was ready to go and be with God, as well as with her beloved "heart horse" Baja, a gorgeous white Andalusian stallion whom she used in teaching children for years at summer camps about horse care, add well as riding him in high level dressage competition. He, too, had died of cancer years before, and she was often heard telling new volunteers about her Baja, and all the joy he had brought to others...I have a pic of her riding him dressage in a western saddle just for fun...she was all about kicking back and having fun and laughing a LOT, regardless of how hard the work was, how low the money was that month, or how scared she was that there just would never be enough hay! (The donations ALWAYS CAME THROUGH....EVEN IF AT TIMES IT WAS AT THE LAST MINUTE!)...the horses NEVER went without.
Judy was truly a local hero, often featured on channel 9 (ABC) news, as their night anchor, Bud Foster, was one of HEART's biggest supporters! Anyhow, I wanted to pay a small tribute to Judy and to HEART (now being taken over in trust to one of Judy's daughters and her husband), as well as her main volunteer, her "right hand woman", & they will no doubt continue the legacy for the horses exactly as Judy wanted it done!!
I pray she is up in Heaven, riding her beautiful Baja, and rejoicing at all the love and support which poured out of the horse and non-horsey community as well, at her passing...the picture I used as my Avatar is of Judy (put they're for a short time to honor her memory) with Gifted and her best dog-buddy, Geevers, the most adorable little ranch dog on Earth! :0)
God Bless you, Judy!! Thank you still for everything you've done throughout your life for every animal and every person in need. May your legacy live on and prosper just exactly as you wished it would!!!
"I'm too busy working on my own grass to notice if yours is greener"
Last edited by Back2Horseback; 06-05-2013 at 02:58 AM.
Reason: ETA: my photo of Judy on Baja did not load...I'm going to try again in the next post..it's so lovely!!