Posted by Marcia Dick August 9, 2013 09:02 AM
Vanessa Wright (above); MSPCA-Nevins Farm (left)
The following was submitted by the MSPCA:
This weekend, the inaugural Silver Oak Jumper Tournament will host Thunder’s Lemonade Stand, an old-fashioned lemonade stand staffed by children who donate the proceeds to the medical needs of the horses and farm animals at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen.
The Lemonade stand was named for Thunder, a large Simmental steer that arrived at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in 2008. His previous owner could not keep him, and turned to the MSPCA for help.
As the only open admissions animal care and adoption center in New England for horses and farm animals, Nevins Farm provided him a safe place to stay while a forever home was found. During his four years at Nevins, Thunder became a favorite of staff, volunteers, and visitors alike, with many families coming each week just to see this 2,000-pound steer relax in his paddock. Thunder was finally adopted and now enjoys a life with a herd of cows to call his own at Farm Sanctuary in New York.
Nevins Farm will be bringing four adoptable horses to the jumper event in Hampton Falls, N.H., to encourage would-be adopters to meet them as well as shine a spotlight on the need for more horse-lovers to consider rescuing vs. buying horses.
“I want to encourage our equestrian community here in New England to support the important work being done by the MSPCA Nevins Farm to rehabilitate, care for, and offer adoption services for horses and other farm animals,” said Peter Wylde, Olympic show jumping gold medalist and Massachusetts native who’ll be competing in the Silver Oak Grand Prix competition on Sunday. “Log on to the website, connect with them on social media, take a tour of the farm, donate, foster or adopt – do what you can – but please take an active role and get involved with this incredible organization.”
About the Silver Oak Jumper Tournament
Under the management of respected entrepreneur and equestrian Jeff Papows, the Olympic caliber world of show jumping is set to return to Hampton Falls, N.H. this weekend.
The Silver Oak Tournament will surround the athletes with thousands of enthusiastic fans culminating in the Grand Prix competition to be held on Sunday. In addition to the grace, power, and beauty of these magnificent and courageous horse and rider combinations, there will be a multitude of food vendors and shopping for the enjoyment of spectators. For more information, go to www.silveroakjumpertournament.com. For more information about Nevins Farm and animals available for adoption, go to www.mspca.org/adoption/methuen-nevins.