February Volunteer of the Month

We would like to introduce Carly as our volunteer of the month of February. Each month, our volunteer team votes on a volunteer that is the “Volunteer of the Month.”

Carly was nominated by multiple people for the passion and drive she brings to the rescue. Carly is one of our newer volunteers and while she is not a current horse owner, she has previously ridden dressage with her previous horse, Chief.

Carly had approximately two days of training before I was diagnosed with COVID and as the saying goes, she was “baptized by fire.” Carly stepped up and was at the farm every opportunity that she could be here to help ensure that the horses were cared for.

On Carly’s volunteer inquiry, her answer to why she wanted to volunteer was because she was really missing the connection with horses that she had after losing her horse in July and moving to the area in October.

Carly continues to be a huge asset to the rescue in her dedication to their care and also assisting in training of new volunteers as they come in. Please join us in not only welcoming Carly to the CVHR team but also in being nominated and chosen as our Volunteer of the Month of February!

Not So Baby Chase Heads to Boot Camp

In late 2018 we pulled a dapple gray BLM Mustang mare we named Fable and her little baby colt from a kill pen in Oklahoma.  The colt we named Chase and we watched him grow alongside his mother at our farm in Kenbridge.

Baby Chase with his mother in 2018.

Chase was moved to our Fredericksburg farm location in June of 2020.  When his pasture mate was adopted we sent him on a training foster with one of our volunteers.  At that time, Chase was unable to be handled in the slightest bit.  His halter remained on at all times with a lead dangle at the bottom so that you could grab him if you needed to.  The sound of the clip from the lead line would cause him to bolt.  Cindy had made great progress with him before his gelding but the gelding process set him back again and we were starting over with gaining his trust.

Chase at his foster farm morning February 7, 2021.

Chase has remained with his handler until today when we were able to successfully move him from their barn to the Advantage Horsemanship barn in Stafford.  Moving Chase to the Advantage Horsemanship barn was a task but with a lot of teamwork from both locations we were able to get him onto the trailer and then off of the trailer and into the corral they set up specifically for him.

Chase has proven to be an incredibly intelligent horse through his training however that also makes his training a little more difficult.  Chase remembered his touch training that he had been doing with his handler today with Scott during his initial meet once we got him to their barn.  He was curious enough to want to come up to us while we had him corralled and would continue to take treats or his feed from our hands.  Eventually, after a lot of patience and work, Scott was able to get the final clip attached on Chase’s halter and we all decided to leave things on a good note with him at that point.

Scott’s initial work with Chase on his halter.

We are looking forward to seeing Chase progress further with Scott at their facility.  You can follow his progress on their Facebook page, Advantage Horsemanship with Scott Purdum.  Additionally, we will be sharing progress reports through our website and social media.  We know great things are in store for Chase and we are excited to give him this opportunity to advance his training.

You can sponsor Chase’s training through PayPal, Facebook or Venmo.

Chase’s Sponsorships

Sugar and Spice and everything nice!

Central VA Horse Rescue

Sugar is our Standardbred Christmas pony! When Sugar arrived at the Rescue, she was underweight and anxious/shy of humans.  With patience and time from our volunteers, Sugar has gained weight and slowly learned to trust.  She willingly lets our volunteers approach her in the pasture and loves a good neck rub! Last weekend was Sugar’s first day under saddle and she did great!  She is now available for adoption!

Central VA Horse Rescue Sugar

Spice is our 11 year old Quarter Horse! When Spice came to us we had very little information on her and didnt know if she had ever been under saddle previously. We have now had her under saddle twice and the determination is that she is still very green. We have worked with Scott Purdum at Advantage Horsemanship to come up with a training plan to prepare her for her adoptive home.

Spice handles very well on the ground with the exception of wanting to pick up her feet for grooming and the farrier. Before she can be made available for adoption, she will need to be able to do the basic things. Our volunteer team continues to work with her on these items.

Spice is looking for sponsors for her training. If you are interested in being her sponsor, please click the links below.

Spice’s Sponsorships
Central Virginia Horse Rescue - Spice

In Memoriam

Central Virginia Horse Rescue has recieved donations in memory and honor of the following:

MSgt Doyle “Bud” Gennings, a highly sought after judge of field trials.  He particularly loved horses and bird dogs.

Ted & Bonnie Holcombe

Ida & Tim Morello

Carolyn & Tom Hacker

Karl Trumpler Family

Allen “The Chief”  Jerkins

Halley McEvoy

In Loving Memory of Edward Epes

Susan Epes


Emma came to us from the Peaceable Farm Rescue
Emma came to us from the Peaceable Farm Rescue

‎”A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.” – Jack London


Donations to CVHR are always appreciated.  At this time, we are incorporated as a Virginia Non Profit and have received our 501(c)3 status. All or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution.  Please check with your tax advisor

Cash donations are always needed to provide feed and medical care to the horses, however ‘in kind” donations are also accepted.  You can send a check to

Central Virginia Horse Rescue
31262 Eagle Hill Trl
Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Or Donate by PayPal

We will accept donations of just about anything that we can use or sell especially tack and horse equipment which will be sold to benefit the rescue horses.