Equine Outreach Previous News
Statement To Pedro Quintana, KTVZ, by Woody Dow, Past President of the Board of Directors Published: 10-06-16
As the past president of the board of directors I would like to set the record straight. When the board...
Pure Horsemanship Clinic by Ruben Villasenor
Published: 08-28-16 by EOI
This clinic, originally scheduled for Oct. 8-9 at the EOI ranch, has unfortunately been canceled. We would like to thank everyone who expressed interest, and we apologize for any inconvenience.
Equine Outreach board resigns, citing 'irreconcilable differences'
Nonprofit founders cite 'hostile work environment'
Published: 10-03-16 by KTVZ
BEND, Ore. - All six board members of the Bend nonprofit Equine...
Equine Outreach Welcomes New Board Members
Published: 09-09-16 by EOI
Three new members have joined the Equine Outreach, Inc. (EOI) Board of Directors, bringing a broad range of experience and expertise to Central Oregon’s premier nonprofit horse rescue and sanctuary.
Deschutes County News Release: Horse in Deschutes County Tests Positive for West Nile Virus
Published: 08-26-16 by Deschutes County
A horse in Redmond, Oregon has tested positive for West Nile Virus...
Carrie and Annie
Published: 08-23-16 by EOI
This is a story about love and healing, about a woman and a horse. Miss Anne (affectionately known as Annie at EOI) was rescued from a kill pen and came to the ranch broken, scared, and lonely. About that same time...
EOI Harvest Haydown 2016
Published: 08-22-16 by EOI
Everyone is invited to our 2016 Harvest Haydown! We will have something for all ages: kid's activities, hay & horse cart rides, horse demos, live music, food truck, local beers & hard cider, and silent auction items. Come have fun and help us raise money for the horses!
Hands On with Jerry Garcia
Published: 08-17-16 by EOI
Among all of the Warm Springs horses that came to Equine Outreach several years ago, only a few have not been handled -- until now. Two of the most notable, or perhaps notorious, horses in that group are Long Tail and Jerry...
EOI Volunteer Coordinator Position Announcement
Published: 08-11-16 by EOI
Update 09-27-16: Position filled
Equine Outreach is seeking the right person to fill a vacancy. The Volunteer Coordinator position is vitally important to our non-profit organization, and although unpaid, is very rewarding.
"Hoof Lady" Comes to Equine Outreach
Published: 07-12-16 by EOI
The anatomy and care of the hoof were front and center at the ranch as Sabrina Kittelson, a.k.a the “Hoof Lady,” shared her extensive knowledge on the subject during a day-long session Sunday...
Kurt Silva Concert Announced as a Benefit for Equine Outreach
Published: 07-07-16 by EOI
Saturday, July 16th at Anchor Farm. Kurt Silva will entertain us with "Songs With Roots: Truths, Lies, and Loves." You won't want to miss the touching song he wrote for our rescue horse, Helen.
Just one horse survives in Crook County rescue
Published: 03-07-16 by The Bulletin
When Joan Steelhammer found out a couple of horses needed rescuing in Crook County around 11 p.m. one night last week, she was off to...
Horse-head sculpture on auction: Percentage of proceeds benefits Equine Outreach
Published: 01-24-16 by The Bulletin
A horse-head sculpture titled “Mesohippus,” by Lex Larrabbe, is on auction to help fund the care of horses at Equine Outreach...
Humans reach out, and horses reach back in Bend
Published: 10-25-15 by The Bulletin
Horse lovers and newbies gathered to fundraise the old-fashioned way at Equine Outreach Inc. for the Harvest Haydown on Saturday in...
Bend's Equine Outreach wins $10,000 ASPCA grant
Published: 06-19-14 by KTVZ
The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) announced Thursday the five winners of the 2014 ASPCA Help a Horse Day Celebration contest, a nationwide grant competition for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the life-saving year-round work they do to care for at-risk horses...
Equine Outreach - Bend, Oregon
Published: 06-14-10 by Willie Nelson at willienelson.com
The storm downed 1000’s of old growth trees, power lines and structures as hurricane force winds raked central Oregon. It was reported on KTVZ.com news that a “destructive tornado” blew over on the east side of Bend. The Equine Outreach facility, founded by Joan Steelhammer and Gary Everett, took a direct hit. The Equine Outreach Inc (EOI) is a registered non-profit horse rescue and shelter that works closely with Sheriff’s Departments statewide, the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, other equine organizations and local veterinarians. Joan, Gary and the volunteers have worked hard to build a loving, healthy, healing environment for the care and rescue of horses and mules in need. New fences, water and power, new shelters, and a medical room and tack room had recently been completed and installed. The natural layout of the property gave the animals comfort, privacy and shade. At the time of the storm, EOI was housing and rehabilitating 75 rescued horses, donkeys, and mules. During this New Years Day Wind Storm, the EOI facility has received significant structural damage to the property. Please help EOI to rebuild, replant new trees, and to restore the fencing and parts of the facility that were torn down during this natural disaster. EOI is in need of monetary help to keep the facility running .
You can help by donating online. Visit http://www.equineoutreach.com for details and please help us to keep the facility running. All donations are tax deductible (tax ID # is 51-0484049). Did you know that an American horse is slaughtered every 5 minutes? American horses need your help now. Please join my family in support of the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 503), which was reintroduced yesterday by House Judiciary Committe Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) and Representative Dan Burton (R-IN).Although state laws outlawed horse slaughter for human consumption back in 2007, shutting down the remaining U.S. plants, the absence of a federal law means that American horses are still at risk. In fact, last year, over 100,000 horses were trucked hundreds of miles without food and water across the borders to Mexico, where they were stabbed to death, and Canada where they were shot. People who respect animals don’t treat them this way. So now that you know what is happening, do something about it.
We’ve been at it for too long to quit now. Please contact your Senators and Representatives and ask them to co-sponsor The Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act (H.R. 464), and make horse slaughter a thing of the past.
Thanks, Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson gives big plug for Bend horse rescuers
Published: 01-15-09 by Nina Mehlhaf, KTVZ.COM
A country superstar has announced he’s taking a Bend non-profit horse rescue under his wing, and asking fans and activists to help support it.
Willie Nelson, the singer and activist, sent an alert out both on his website and through various news organizations Thursday, that he wants fans and fellow animal lovers to support Bend’s Equine Outreach.
It all started New Year’s Day with this a major windstorm. Wind so strong, it took out full barns, and toppled trees. Some witnesses on Silvis Road called it a tornado.
That’s where trees and fences came down at Equine Outreach. Across the street lives a longtime friend of Willie Nelson’s daughter, and they happened to be on the phone talking about the storm damage.
Sparked by that conversation, and thanks to a KTVZ.COM story about the damage at Equine Outreach, the singer, who has 45 horses at his Austin ranch, heard about the non-profit, no kill horse rescue.
“Dad always taught me that horses are smarter than people,” his daughter, Amy Nelson told NewsChannel 21 in a telephone interview from Tennessee. “And nothing I’ve ever seen has changed my mind about this.”
On Willie’s Web page, http://www.willienelson.com/ right at the top, a call to action to help Equine Outreach.
It comes two months after a plea for donations from founder Joan Steelhammer, to keep the horse-rescue operation going.
“It’s an incredible honor,” Steelhammer said. “And for him to recognize our organization is almost beyond belief.”
With no paid staff, the ranch runs only on donations and volunteers who partner with a horse to train and ride, until a healthy home can be found.
Amy Nelson says it’s that kind of dedication and non-slaughter commitment that caught her famous dad’s eye.
“Shelters or rescues find themselves in a position of rescuing, warehousing and euthanizing,” Steelhammer said. “I want to break that cycle and rescue, rehabilitate and adopt.”
Willie has come to Bend to perform several times, but it’s his bigger role of preventing animal cruelty that grabs his heart.
“Call your senators and representatives and ask them to co-sponsor the Prevention of Equine Cruelty Act and that will make the transport for human consumption illegal as well,” Nelson said.
To learn more about this legislation and how you can help, just visit Willie Nelson’s Website.