Equine Safe Haven has a dual mission which benefits the community, visitors, and guests at the Ranch. The nonprofit purchases Equines from a specific Texas kill pen. This is "kill pen" is a place that ships directly to Mexico to slaughter. Equine Safe Haven then rehabilitates and, repurposes those Equines into a program that teaches all ages horsemanship skills. For the community, visitors, and out of town guests, the non profit program teaches life-skills, leadership, fitness, healing & compassion, and also focuses on carriage driving skills that can be used by those that no longer ride, or have disabilities that would not allow them to ride otherwise. We benefit the community by providing a recreational outlet for economically disadvantaged persons of all ages.
We provide educational instruction in various equine activities and disciplines. Basic horsemanship, driving a carriage/buggy basics, and general horse care, all using our saved horses, mules and donkeys as teachers. These animals usually have over 10 years experience, highly trained, and still have much to give. They are deserving of a second chance. They provide this community of the Southwest much needed outlet, and healing potential for underprivileged, persons with disabilities, educational opportunities & endless smiles.
Future: Driving classes and practices - See SaddleHawk Ranch's website: www.saddlehawkranch.com for upcoming classes in 2024.
All economically and physically disadvantaged are encouraged to participate - at no cost
For more info see our "program" tab in the menu
Equine Safe Haven is a nonprofit 501(c)3, tax exempt organization as determined by the IRS. Your donations are tax deductible
Holiday Raffle Tickets
We will have wonderful gifts and gift baskets to raffle off on Sunday Dec 17th at 3pm in Holiday in the Park, Court House Park, Deming NM. You need not be present to win and we can ship your gift.
Our sponsors, volunteers and crafters have done a wonderful job with what gifts we will offer with the raffle. All proceeds go directly to Equine Safe Haven's programs.
One ticket for $5,
5 for $20
Please give us your name and phone number in the comments section when you pay.
Holiday at the Ranch - Sunday Dec 10th from 11am to 3pm
Ronin and Kona gave buggy rides around the ranch, Music, snacks and Santa was with us for pictures!
Dec 2nd, Deming Lighted Christmas Parade - Ronin and Alyssa took to the street and lighted up Deming!
Saturday Nov 11, Celebrating our Veterans - Open to all veterans and families. No Cost to Veterans - Discover the world of horses and carriage driving - 11am to 3pm - at SaddleHawk Ranch
Carriage rides to Veterans and their families. We have a wheelchair accessible carriage for those that come in wheelchairs, or are not able to climb into the other carriage.
We will also have photographer, Kristina Cundiff available taking pictures and a holiday display set up. https://www.facebook.com/kristinacundiffphotography/
FESTIVAL OF DRIVING PLEASURE SHOW 2023 October 28-29, 2023 at Horseshoe Park, Queen Creek, AZ
The plan is to have Ronin competed on Saturday Oct 28th with Ashley & Katrina.
Southwest New Mexico State Fair Parade - Saturday Oct 7 - 10am - Ronin and Alyssa driving with Lucero family riding - Deming NM
Old Hurley Store Harvest Day Festival - Hurley NM Harvest Ranch Day - Ken and Ashley gave rides with Ronin, Saturday October 14th
Saturday September 2, 2023 Hatch Chile Parade - Hatch, NM - Ronin in this parade, Colors are green and red. For more Info on the festival see the website: https://hatchchilefestival.org/Location: Hatch Valley High School Pecan Orchard | 170 E. Herrera St.9 am - Parade (Franklin & Hall St.)
August 26, 2023 -Deming, NM: The Great American Tournament of Ducks Parade - Ronin and Kona were in the large parade! please see our pictures in the gallery.
July 4th - Glenwood, NM 4th of July parade - Ronin, driving by Alyssa Lucero & Ken Wendel, with the Lucero family riding 6 horses behind the buggy - in support of Alyssa "Lulu" at her first parade driving.
June 10th Intro to horses, horsemanship for beginners
9am to 11am
We had one person come brave the heat, and was even able to get in a drive!
May 25, 2023 - Equine Safe Haven's Ribbon Cutting
THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT ATTENDED!
EQUINE SAFE HAVEN's RIBBON CUTTING - at the Ranch 4930 Franklin Rd SE, Deming NM 88030
THURSDAY MAY 25th, 11am to 1pm
Special thank you to SaddleHawk Ranch for purchasing the food, snacks and drinks from Apache Homelands Café & Chiricahua Apache Plaza!
We gave away 26 door prizes:
10 of the beautiful Equine Safe Haven t-shirts (thank you Karls' Embroidery in Deming, NM for getting these done in time!) Donated by SaddleHawk Ranch
2 bottles of wine (green and red chile) donated by SaddleHawk Ranch
4 pairs of "one of a kind" earrings made by SaddleHawk Ranch and donated by SaddleHawk Ranch.
April 21, 2023
We thank everyone that contributed to making the Southern New Mexico Giving Day successful for us. This was an online event for April 21st. We had 5 donors that gave us much needed funds towards our program, and especially for the medical care (gelding of 3 young donkeys, and a 10 month old colt) for those that were saved from going to slaughter. We were able to raise $300 towards our goal of $500 and then the funds were matched! We will be picking up the $300 (matched funds) check from Las Cruces Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico the week of May 15th.
This money will go towards buying vaccinations for the Spring, providing hoofcare (Farrier) and supplements for CA$H, Louie, and Ronin. We appreciate what you donate to Equine Safe Haven.
APRIL 3, 2023
The new baby donkey, named Louie, was born April 3rd at 2am. Lynn Gay has graciously sponsored this cute little guy, and he has many admirers. He is so soft and fluffy to the touch.
Program costs: Your donations make it possible to give back to the community - ability to give economically & physically challenged persons - equine experiences
Believe it - Donations help and are very much appreciated and needed
Nonprofit, 501(c)3, Charitable Organization, saving horses from slaughter, rescued driving horses
Your contribution can help us provide hay, shelter, and medical care to the horses in the program and for much needed equipment. For every $50 received, one disadvantaged person can participate in our program for free. No donation is too small, and every dollar counts.
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Open Ranch Day December 17, 2022
Christmas songs played over a loudspeaker during a Saturday open house at SaddleHawk Ranch on Franklin Road east of town. Visitors were invited on arrival to hop onto a horse-drawn cab for a ride around the property with owner Katrina Lomax.
Pulling the cab was a trotter named Ronin, whom she rescued from a Texas kill pen in January 2022 — just around the time she and her husband, Ken Wendel, moved onto the 38-acre property. After retiring from harness racing, Lomax said Ronin belonged to an Amish community out of state.
“He was probably a school bus,” she said. “He’s really good with kids. He’s very easy to handle. When you go down the street, he asks you about driveways — ‘Shall I turn in this driveway?’”
The cab also moved past a few beehives before making its way down the main driveway past an RV that was boondocking at the ranch. The ranch welcomes RVs to camp without hookups to services, or “boondock.” We have 30-amp hookups are available, too.
Yet Lomax spoke with the most passion about the ranch as an educational center — a place to learn about leading and caring for horses.
“When they come from these kill pens, it’s like the end of the cycle,” Lomax said. “They go auction by auction by auction. They get weaker and weaker and weaker because they’re not fed properly.”
They may also suffer from arthritis, dental problems, worms or other concerns.
A point the couple repeated often, in separate conversations, is how much horses have to teach people of any age.
In November, Lomax founded Equine Safe Haven as a nonprofit through which supporters may sponsor a horse to defray the costs of feed and care, and also learn about equine training and care.
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We save Equines that would be going to slaughter in Mexico. How? We purchase horses, donkeys, and mules from "kill" pens and some go to their new home at SaddleHawk Ranch. There they rehab and are repurposed into our educational programs - we offer them a second chance in life!
We provide educational instruction in various equine activities and disciplines. Basic horsemanship, Driving a carriage/buggy basics, and general horse care, all using our saved horses, mules and donkeys. These animals have much to give and are deserving of a second chance. They provide education & endless smiles
Specializing: Showcasing our many saved, rehabbed and repurposed Standardbred horses, we teach people how to drive a cart or buggy using their foolproof skillset. These horses are such patient teachers! Students learn how to harness, drive, and care for the Equines.
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We will have long awaited and exciting ribbon cutting Thursday May 25th, 11am to 12pm. Plans are to share some brunch snacks with you
If you are interested in volunteering on the Board, please drop us an email: email@example.com
Current Board Members:
CEO/Executive Director - Katrina Lomax
CFO/Treasurer - Ken Wendel
Director - Joyce Garrison
Director - Jon Brautigan
Director - Cori Ryniker
Director - Larry McMahan
Director - Jen Gahres
Director - Will Burgos
Director - Lynn Gay
Currently looking for board member positions:
community outreach - clubs
Meetings are also broadcast via Facebook live & video recorded
I have been an Equestrian all my life, and have owned horses for about 25 years. I have transferred some of the skills I have learned from owning, caring and training my horses into my career. Here are the top 5 that I explain to people when they ask how did I learn leadership from the Equine?
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