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Golden Gate Fields Turf Club 3rd Annual Holiday Party, December 1, 2012

Thanking our over two hundred guests that came out to Golden Gate Fields on a challenging afternoon when heavy rains had been forecast. We were so lucky to get a break in the rain and enjoy an overcast but rain free event. Once again we held our hat contest that was a big hit last year. This year's winner Elizabeth Atkinson outdid herself in a hat she wore to the Kentucky Derby honoring Bodemeister, the second place finisher. Once again we doubled our attendance. This year we had a wonderful event committee that helped make our Third Annual Holiday Turf Club Party an overwhelming success.

Hat Contest Winner Elizabeth Atkinson

A selection of lovely race inspired hats.

Zenyatta is a hit at any party!!! Thanks Jeanie!

Taylor made her own hat and walked away as a second place finisher.

Debbie Angulo and her friends came out in
force and made a weekend out of it.

Neigh Savers Senior Volunteer Rachel Masen and her husband Ash.

The Sun Fire Equestrian team.

The kids from Franklin Canyon Stables.

We had 22 fantastic silent auction items from original artwork, restaurant and wine packages to racing memorabilia. We also had 42 custom designed gift baskets available for raffle. Thanks to everyone that donated.

Volunteer Katie Geary, Board Director Jessica Boyd and Steve Foreman (an honorary volunteer)

Some guests wore elegant racing hats.

Neigh Savers Founder Karin Wagner

Golden Gate Fields Turf Club 2nd Annual Holiday Party, December 5, 2011

On a sun drenched Saturday afternoon over 100 guests partied at the Golden Gate Fields Turf Club. We enjoyed a full day of racing, great food and drink, and held our first annual Hat Contest that proved to be a big hit. Our raffle and silent auction tables raised much needed funds for the thoroughbreds in our care.

Neigh Savers Founder and CEO
Karin Wagner

Hat Contest Winner Heather Jackson with
Board Director Nicole Schwartz

All the hat contest winners in the Winner's Circle

Trainer Talia Goshay and her family

July 9, 2011 Fun in the Sun BBQ Event

On a sun drenched Saturday afternoon on July 9th nearly 120 guests and Neigh Savers volunteers enjoyed a wonderful day at the Mt. Diablo Trail Riding Association's clubhouse high atop a hill at the base of Mt. Diablo with surrounding views of the entire valley. Before the festivities began almost half of our guests drove for a horse tour conducted by Neigh Savers volunteers. Guests were able to feed the horses carrots and treats and young children were given the opportunity to ride one of our gentle ex-race horses Nevi (Yah Never Know) guided by Neigh Savers trainer volunteer Nicole Wingerter. At the clubhouse Neigh Savers volunteers Carolina & Joe Marlin and Shelby McCoy had been busy decorating the entire venue with our "Fun in the Sun" theme. Also on hand was Shelby's mom Christine who donated all the balloons and helium and had painted Neigh Savers on the balloons to make them even more special.

All of the Neigh Savers volunteers wore new shirts especially designed and obtained just for the day. Big neigh of thanks to Chief Volunteer Carolina Marlin for handling this item and so much more that could never fit in a recap.

Once up at the clubhouse guests were able to check in and get drinks at the bar manned by Neigh Savers volunteers of the day Ryan and Scott Bullen (son & husband of newly elected Board Director Leah Bullen who helped coordinate the event with Founder Karin Wagner.)

Before lunch was served guests could relax in the clubhouse or outside at covered tables around the Olympic sized swimming pool and look over the 41 raffle items that included dinners at local restaurants, spa packages, food baskets, wine and beer packs, horse cookies and animal themed gift baskets, tickets to Universal Studios, and many one of a kind hand made art objects including a magnificent hand carved horse head jewelry box donated by Joe Simmons. We also had a silent auction that included an original painting of Zenyatta-Blame crossing the finish line at the 2009 Breeder’s Cup, an abstract watercolor glycee of a horse’s head, a signed and numbered black-white print of Curlin and a collograph created by Mendocino artist Ann White.

Lunch was catered by Kinder’s Meats which is well known in this area for their delicious BBQ and meats. We feasted on BBQ steak, chicken and ribs along with potato salad, fruit salad, Caesar salad, baked beans and rolls with plenty of Kinder’s special BBQ sauces on the side.

While lunch was being served we were entertained by littledog2, a five member band that donated their services to Neigh Savers for the afternoon. Known as the East Bay’s premier classic rock and adult alternative party band they delivered an infectious playlist that had everyone rocking along with them.

Dessert had been coordinated by Neigh Savers volunteer Julia French and turned out to be an awesome display of the culinary talents of our organization. Many volunteers had donated their favorite recipes and we had a huge assortment of desserts including the very unique martini cupcakes made by volunteer Shelby McCoy. Other fantastic desserts included cheesecake, brownie cupcake bites, Meyer Lemon cake, apple pie, assorted decorated cupcakes and cookies, European fruit torte, apple strudel, oatmeal cranberry white chocolate chip cookies and a special chocolate-white Neigh Savers cake to commemorate the day.

After the raffle and silent auctions most people started heading home but many of the volunteers stayed and relaxed in the pool while the band played on for us as the sun started setting. It was such a peaceful and serene afternoon we really didn’t want it to end but unfortunately reality hit and we had to rouse ourselves for the cleanup that awaited us.

We hope all that attended had a wonderful time. We had a great time hosting you and hope to see you all back, with hopefully a few additional friends, for our 2nd Annual Fun in the Sun BBQ next year. A huge Neigh of thanks to all of our guests and all of the volunteers that helped, contributed and showed up for us on a very important day!!! On behalf of Neigh Savers Foundation, the Board of Directors and especially all of the 30 horses in our care and sponsorship.....THANK YOU!

Karin Wagner, CEO & Founder, Neigh Savers Foundation, Inc.

The beautiful pool and outside seating area

Volunteer Shelby McCoy and her designer martini cupcakes

Dozens of desserts and a custom made cake

Bartenders Ryan & Scott Bullen

Board Director Leah Bullen with littledog2 in background

Throwing horse shoes in the sun

Premier party band littledog2 volunteered their services

The bountiful raffle table

CEO & Founder Karin Wagner with Sigrid and mother Ingrid on right

Neigh Savers Volunteers line up in new shirts designed to commemorate the day

Golden Gate Fields Holiday Party on Saturday, December 4th, 2010

On December 4th, Neigh Savers' Founder, Karin Wagner was pleased to host over 50 supporters and volunteers at Golden Gate Field's Turf Club. A smashing time was had by all as they feasted on a gourmet buffet, bid on fantastic raffle prizes, and enjoyed the thoroughbred racing. New friends were made and volunteers united forces to successfully pull together a wonderful day. Out of the 54 people in attendance, 40 had never experienced the delight and drama of attending the races. Trainer Bill Anton arranged a very special backstretch tour for some lucky attendees and other NS friends were invited to the paddock for Sticky Candy's race. The Stixx won in fine fashion so we all got to have our photo taken in the Winner's Circle as well. Thank you to all who supported the event. It was such a success that we have already booked it for next year.

Our bountiful raffle table

The raffle raised much needed funds for Neigh Savers

Our designated area at the Golden Gate Fields Turf Club

The elegant and delicious desserts

Neigh Savers' supporters partying and plotting the betting strategy

Volunteers Jessi and Cyndi give a thumbs up to the buffet

Neigh Savers Mexican Riviera Cruise, October 24 - 31, 2010

On October 24, 2010 a hardy group of 18 Neigh Savers' supporters and friends departed on a lovely week long cruise through the Mexican Riviera stopping at ports of call Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallharta. Thanks to Cay, Jan, Karin, Ingrid, Nicole, Rick, Ritchie, Pauline, Pamela, Pete, Victoria, Joerg, Zoe, Karlyne, Charlotte, Sarah, Juanita and Cheri for making the trip memorable.

Highlights of the trip were horseback rides in both Cabo and Mazatlan and particularly zip lining in Puerto Vallharta. Nicole's husband Rick is in a wheel chair and the guides carried him up switchbacks and steep trails so he could also experience the thrill of flying.

Such a good time was had by all that Southern California Area Director Nicole has pledged to put another trip together next year. Bon voyage!!

Our beautiful ship the "Mariner of the Seas." Many of us enjoyed balcony rooms.

Dr. Cay Gilbertson, a veterinarian, was the lucky winner of the Fred Stone signed print, shown with friend Jan.

Horseback riding along a deserted beach on an island near Mazatlan.

Cruising into Cabo San Lucas.

Leaving Mazatlan at sunset.

Neigh Savers CEO & Founder Karin Wagner's Mom Ingrid with Iguana in Puerto Vallharta.

Rick and fabulous guides zip lining adventure in Puerto Vallharta.

Nicole and our private guide Rafael enjoying several tastes at a local tequila factory.

Neigh Savers Southern California Area Director Nicole Rawnsley Schwartz and husband Rick on formal night.

Neigh Savers' Founder & CEO Karin Wagner with Mom Ingrid.

Paddington Station, Potter Valley, CA-Summer Horse Camps

Paddington Station is a full service english boarding and training facility located in beautiful Mendocino County, California, only 100 miles north of San Francisco. Paddington Station offers riding lessons in dressage and eventing, specializing with adult amateur riders and the young rider who wants to learn correctly and safely in an informal environment. Boarding and training are also offered. Neigh Savers currently is sponsoring 30 horses at Paddington Station as it is ideally suited for retirees and has pasture boarding with shelters, corrals and box stalls. In the summer riding camps for children and adults are offered for weekend or week-long getaways. Paddington Station has 75 acres of irrigated pastures, private paddocks, indoor stall space, an arena and a cross country course. For more information contact e-mail Helen Johnson a> and for more information check out the website at Paddington Station

Rescue horse Lexis working in the arena

The green irrigated pastures with contented horses

Neigh Savers sponsored horse Shaxi Treasure (Bodger) getting some love from junior campers

Adopted rescue TB Man on a Mission (Mission) and NS sponsored Goldigger's Dream (Bear)

Senior camper Elizabeth with Bear

Horses graze peacefully

Campers Elizabeth, Samantha and Anna with Winston

Neigh Savers' sponsored horse Lexis takes her first jumps at Paddington Station

Owner-Operator Helen Johnson on Samson

Neigh Savers' sponsored Gasin the Turbo (Turbo)with best friend Spidey

Neigh Savers participates in Humane Lobby Day, Sacramento, April 8, 2010

Neigh Savers CEO & Founder Karin Wagner participated in Humane Lobby Day in at the Sacramento State Capitol building that was jointly hosted by the Humane Society and the ASPCA. We met with our congressional district senator and assembly representative to brief them about animal related issues that were coming up for votes. Among the issues were animal fur labeling (AB 1556), Animal Cruelty and Neglect Act (AB 2012), a resolution to prevent the Department of Fish and Game to issue unlimited licenses to hound and hunt black bears (from the current threshold of 1,700) and of course, our most compelling issue that being equine slaughter. (SJR 22) California Support for Congressional Action to Prevent Equine Cruelty, attempts to take on the killer buyers' deceptive loopholes in the law with respect to transporting equines out of state and across borders into Mexico and Canada for slaughter.

In 1998 California voters overwhelmingly approved a ban on the slaughter of California horses for human consumption but because transport across state and international lines remains legal, California horses continue to be transported and sold out of state. We cannot assure protection of our horses and are dependent on the passage of a federal ban to stop this cruelty. There are documents that you can access by clicking below that outline the myths and facts of equine slaughter.

We spoke with State Senator Mark deSaulnier personally and he was very supportive as was the legislative aide for district Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan. Both of these California representatives have an excellent voting record for animal rights. Over 100 people attended the summit, all meeting with senators and assembly representatives in their individual districts. It was a very full but ultimately useful and results driven day.

Fact Sheets Lobby Day

CARMA Honors Neigh Savers for Second Consecutive Year, December 2009

Neigh Savers was honored along with 11 other rescues on December 26, 2009 by the California Retirement Management Account Foundation (CARMA). The majority of the funding went to the three major rescues that run dedicated retirement facilities. However, we were honored to be included for the second consecutive year. We will quote directly from the news release: “We are extremely proud of the work we have done over the past 12 months,” said Madeline Auerbach, a program founder who chairs the CARMA Board. “These funds will help buy much needed hay, feed and medications, etc. Hopefully, this will give a financial cushion to each of the charities. Not only has the CARMA program proven to be successful in terms of dollars raised, we’re able to see a tangible difference at the farms and facilities where the horses live. As we go out and visit organizations throughout the year, our directors are seeing the money put to work.” Neigh Savers looks forward to continuing rehabilitating, retraining, and rehoming Off-Track Thouroughbreds in 2010. Shown proudly displaying the Neigh Savers’ grant check from CARMA are Mike von Disterlo, Owner, Kimberlee Farms and Karin Wagner, Founder, Neigh Savers.